Bua na Cainte (new Irish language Programme from EDCO)

Last night I attended the launch of Bua na Cainte in Dublin. The main reason I decided to go was to see some new products and the offer of a free EDCO Teacher Planner was an added bonus.

I was so impressed by Bua na Cainte. Before the presentation, I looked at the teachers book and childrens books.

Teachers Book

  • This book is laid out thematically so each theme is covered as a whole unit. 
  • The plans are all done out and all resources are provided which means you won’t need to go and source additional songs or poems or stories. 

Children’s books

Each theme is done together which works really well. The pictures are bright and colourful and very child friendly. These pictures are from the 1st class book. (Bua na cainte 1)

Digital Resource

The children are introduced to the characters- Niamh Oisín teidí and moncaí. Above you can see the theme page. Once you click on a theme, there is at least 4 lessons. 
(There is more than enough for each theme!) 
There are additional tabs at the bottom – scéal, measúnú, cluichí, rainn, acmhainní.
Scéal – these are big book stories.
Measúnú – different ways to assess what the children have learned. (with a positive (Go maith) and negative response (Déan arís é)
Cluichí – digital versions of Cluiche Kim, Cad é etc.

Rainn – a selection of poems and songs.
Acmhainní – here you will find a selection of printable resources (including Bingo Cards with Flashcards) In this section you will also be able to make your own resources using backgrounds from the various themes and adding the characters – changing the colours (if focus on dathanna etc.)
Teacher Feedback – 
A junior infant teacher who has been using the programme since September gave a first hand account of how it works in her classroom. She said that the children love it and cheer when they hear the start up music. Children are extremely enthusiastic and love the characters who they think of as friends. 
You can find further information on the edco website! 
The Programme was developed by Sean de Brún and Martina Ní Fhátharta who are lecturers in Mary Immaculate College.

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