Last Monday, I attended the annual Folens book launch. This year the main focus was on Abair Liom for 3rd and 4th class.
Ó Sé Family –
The children are introduced to the family in Junior Infants and the family get older with the children. (e.g. When the children are in 3rd class so too are Seán and Síofra) Immediately the children are interested as the characters are like them.
The books are colourful and interesting. Each theme has a 2 page picture at the beginning which shows key vocabulary and phrases that will be used throughout the unit of work. The stories are funny and interesting. The children can relate to what is happening in the stories as they have shared these experiences too. There is a Comhrá section so the children can practice answering and asking questions based on the theme. There are many different activities to cover each week covering each of the curriculum objectives. Grammar and spelling are also covered in each theme. There are different poems and songs within each theme. There is also a selection of legends/fairy tales.
Picture – at the beginning of each theme
Story – Lá sa Pháirc and questions based on the story
The interactive material through Folens Online. It is fully integrated with the textbook and has games, posters, questions and activities available.
Story Mode Vocab Mode
Question mode Conversations
Ready Made Resources
Ready made resources/activities – everything you need is available including songs and poems so you don’t have to search through hundreds of textbooks/on the internet to find a suitable song/poem for the topic you are covering.
The planning is excellent. It is expertly laid out for each week with;
- Sonar an cheachta
- Feidhmeanna teanga
- Amhráin agus Dán
It then goes through the 4 strands and lists the activities which tie in to each
I also really like the Assessment Tick Sheet.
Overall I really like the programme. Have you been using it from Junior Infants to 2nd class – what is your opinion?