#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Traditional Tales: ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

We are learning traditional stories and rhymes. We read ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Ladybird First Favourite Tales’. You might like to go watch this video from ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ to go back over the story with your child. Unfortunately it is on You Tube which is blocked in school.

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Traditional stories are useful when teaching children language. This is because the children find them interesting and the story line is repetitive. Some words and phrases are repeated throughout the story giving the children the opportunity to get them on their ear. Traditional stories enrich a child’s vocabulary in English and gives children exposure to a variety of grammar. 

There are other stories on the ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ playlist that your child might enjoy.
Watching videos in English will be good for your child’s language development.
We used resources for this story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Traditional Tales, Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Later this month we will be hearing the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Again the Ladybird First Favourite Tales book that I will be using is available as a slideshow on Vimeo. Unlike You Tube Vimeo is not blocked in schools. We will use resources for this story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

Goldilocks and the Three Bears from World Book Day on Vimeo.

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#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Traditional Tales, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

I am looking forward to next week’s story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Happily the Ladybird First Favourite Tales book that I will be using is available as a slideshow on Vimeo. Unlike You Tube Vimeo is not blocked in schools. We will use a workbook for this story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

Little Red Riding Hood from World Book Day on Vimeo.

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents:Traditional Tales: ‘The Three Little Pigs’

We are learning traditional stories and rhymes. We revised a story we did last term ‘The Three Little Pigs: Ladybird First Favourite Tales’. Last term we built a house like the three little pigs did. You might like to go watch this video from ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ to go back over the story with your child. Unfortunately it is on You Tube which is blocked in school.

 

There are other stories on the ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ playlist that your child might enjoy.
Watching videos in English will be good for your child’s language development.
We used resources for this story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Traditional Tales: ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

We are learning traditional stories and rhymes. We listened to the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ (Ladybird First Favourite Tales).

You might like to go watch this video from ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ to go back over the story with your child.

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We used a workbook about the story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

Then we ate a gingerbread man.

UPDATE Here is a version of Ladybird’s ‘Gingerbread Man’ on Vimeo. Unlike You Tube Vimeo is not blocked in schools.

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The Gingerbread Man from World Book Day on Vimeo.

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Traditional Tales: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

We are learning traditional stories and rhymes. We started with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ (Ladybird First Favourite Tales).

You might like to go watch this video from ‘Toddler Learning Fun’ to go back over the story with your child. Unfortunately it is on You Tube which is blocked in school.

We used a workbook about the story from Bev Evan’s wonderful website Communication4All

Then we planted some beans.

Blogging Buddies: A Response to Mrs.Todd’s Class in the USA. Irish Food Imports & Exports

Mrs. Todd’s Class from Rocky River Elementary School, Northern Carolina are doing a project about agriculture around the world. We have collaborated with her class ‘The Roadrunners’ before. You can see this work here.

‘The Roadrunners’ asked us some questions about Irish food imports and exports.You can see their class blog ‘Going Global at Rocky River’ here.

Do we import a lot of food in Ireland?

Yes we do. Half the annual 16 billion euro spent on food and drink in Ireland is spent on goods that have been imported. That is 8 billion euro’s worth.

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Some imports are a result of our climate. Here in Ireland we can’t grow coffee, cocoa or oranges.

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Many food brands that we assume to be Irish are in fact imported.

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For example the Boyne Valley is a beautiful place in Ireland but Boyne Valley Honey is imported from Europe and South America.

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This is because of our wet climate, the lack of beekeepers and the decline of Irish bees.

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Siucra is the Irish word for sugar. Last century we had sugar beet factories but they have been closed down.

Now we import sugar from Germany on account of a political decision to shut down the factories.

What foods do we export?

We import 8 billion euros worth and we export €10 billion euros worth.

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One third of our exports and meat and livestock.

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We also export a lot of prepared foods (e.g. fat-filled milk powders, cooked meats, pizza, sauces, bakery and confectionary) accounts for 1.65 billion euros worth.

Soda bread. Turned out nice again.

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We are an island nation surrounded by the sea so it is not surprising that we also export seafood.

Nearly half our exports go to our neighbours in the United Kingdom. We also export a lot to Europe. We export beef and dairy to the USA and luxury speciality foods.

 

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Irish people living in the USA like to eat Irish rashers and sausages and other products. It reminds them of home.

Do we have an international aisle in the supermarket?

We have lots of international food in the supermarket.

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The Census in 2011 tells us that nearly 3% of our population are Polish. There are also a lot of people from other parts of Eastern Europe living in Ireland. We also have many European, Asian and African people living in Ireland.

Irish people who have travelled abroad enjoy foreign food. The result of this is that we find lots of international food in the supermarket.

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We like to eat Chinese, Italian and Indian food. You can see this on the supermarket shelves.

The people from other countries like Poland like to eat food from their country.

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Oreos from the USA are a popular product here among the children in Ireland.

Mmmmmm. Delicious!

Cookies & Cream (Oreo) Bark

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However when we looked at where the packets of Oreos in the supermarket, we discovered they were made in the United Kingdom under license from the USA.

We were asked are there food shortages in Ireland? Do people go hungry?

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Sadly the 2014 Census tells us that In 11% of children (aged 0-17) lived in poverty and so would not have enough food to eat.11% is is one in nine children.

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Activities we did and topics we covered: Junior Infants – 1st Class: The Snowman

The children were learning about Winter from their class teacher. We talked about it too. We learned about how the weather gets colder and how we wear warm clothes. We heard about what animals do in Winter. We also talked about snowmen. We drew some in chalk on black sugar paper.

chalk snowmen

We made snowmen collage:

snowman collage

and we made snowmen out of plasticene.

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We also played with finger puppets. We learned that you say: ‘One snowman’ but ‘Two snowmen’..

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As we were doing these activities we were learning vocabulary and grammar. As we went from Junior Infants, through Senior Infants and on into First Class, we did more work on grammar, particularly tenses, prepositions and plurals. You can read about all the activities we have done in EAL and Language HERE.

#EAL & Language: Information for Parents: Activities we did and Topics we are covering: Junior Infants – First : We are learning about Living Things

We learnt about bugs. In the Summer term we will go for a Bug Hunt in the school grounds. We learned the names of these creatures and talked about how they moved. We used verbs and adverbs.

Bugs

The children were learning about hedgehogs from their class teachers and we learned about hedgehogs too. Did you know hedgehogs can climb and can swim.

hedgehog collages

Iga and Alan taught teacher the Polish for hedgehog: jeż. We also learned about other animals; their names, where they live, what their babies are called and how they move.

Animals

As we were doing these activities we were learning vocabulary and grammar. As we went from Junior Infants, through Senior Infants and on into First Class, we did more work on grammar, particularly verbs and adverbs, tenses, ‘time markers’ and prepositions. You can read about all the activities we have done in EAL and Language HERE.

#EAL and Language: Information for Parents: Activities we did and topics we covered : Junior Infants – 1st: Learning about shapes and numbers

In EAL we have enjoyed learning about shapes
Shapes

and numbers. Many of these activities developed Fine Motor Skills also.

Threading

We learned about 3D shapes. Teacher was very impressed that some students already knew the word cuboid! Though a simple activity, building blocks was one that the children really enjoyed.

Blocks

We used Numicon. First we had free play. Later we made pictures. The children loved using Numicon too.

Numicon

The children were learning about ‘Houses and Homes’ from their class teacher. We talked about houses too and made some using shapes.

Houses

As we were doing these activities we were learning vocabulary and grammar. As we went from Junior Infants, through Senior Infants and on into First Class, we did more work on grammar, particularly tenses, ‘time markers’ and prepositions. You can read about all the activities we have done in EAL and Language HERE.

‘Sneachta’

Par un matin enneigé... la lumière se penche... buvant à la source cachée...!!!
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Is maith liom an sneachta,

An sneachta bog bán,

Ag titim, ag titim,

An sneachta bog bán.

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Sneachta, sneachta,

Ag titim, ag titim,

An sneachta ag titim,

Anuas ón spéir.

Snowflakes
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Calóga móra,

Calóga bána,

Ag rince, ag titim,

Ag luascadh san aer.

Flaky Day
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‘Oíche Chiúin’

I (heart) Christmas
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Oíche Chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé,

Cách na suan go héiri an lae.

Dís is dílse ag faire le spéis.

Glór binn aingeal le clos insan aer.

Críost ag teacht ar an saol.

Críost ag teacht ar an saol.

Oíche Chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé,

Aoirí ar dtús a chuala an scéal

Alleluia aingeal ag glaoch

Cantain suairc i ngar is i gcéin.

Críost ár Slánaitheoir féin

Críost ár Slánaitheoir féin

‘Ó, féach an leanbh Íosa sa mhainséar ina luí…’

Nativity
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Ó, féach an leanbh Íosa

sa mhainséar ina luí.

Nativity
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Tá Muire agus Iosaf

‘s na leanaí ag guí.

moonshine @ Breitenbush
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Tá an ghealach…

Orion's Belt And Sword (diffraction spikes)
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is na réalta ag féachaint 

ar an leanbh álainn Íosa

ina luí ar an tuí.

 

Bí linne, a Íosa, bí linne go deo.

Bí linne san oíche, bí linne sa ló.

 

Tabhair grá do na páistí,

tabhair grá dóibh go léir,

 

Tabhair aire do na páistí,

tabhair aire dóibh go léir.

I say a little prayer for you
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An Chéad Nollaig

 

Bhí sneachta ar an talamh,

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bhí réalta mór sa spéir. 

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Bhí aingil Dé ag canadh

Choir of Angels Christmas Ornaments Crochet Pattern
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go raibh Íosa sa mháinséar. 

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Bhí na haoirí ar na sléibhte

nuair a chuala siad an scéal.

 

Tháinig na trí ríthe

le hór, túis agus miorr.

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Fadó, fadó i mBeithil,

i stábla dorcha lom, 

rugadh an leanbh Íosa.

An Nollaig a bhí ann. 

 

Muire agus Íosaf,

asal agus bó. 

Ríthe agus aoirí ann

chun ómós a thabhairt dó.

Maths, Art & Writing Activities based on ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To You
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Vimeo video of song HERE

On the first day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the third day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the fourth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the fifth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the seventh day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the eighth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the tenth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Eleven pipers piping, 
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Twelve drummers drumming, 
Eleven pipers piping, 
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree!

 

Maths activities

 

How many gifts did my true love receive over the twelve days of Christmas?

Click on THIS LINK for the last verse of the song in order to calculate the number of gifts!

Solution: 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 + 45 + 55 + 66 + 78 = 364 presents

 

Further maths activities based on this traditional carol, HERE. 

for example Pascal’s Triangle,

How many legs in this song?

How much would these gifts have cost?

You might find this worksheet helpful in working this out.

 

 Art:

Ask the children to draw the gifts.

If you double click on JC’s picture below

you can see ‘Twelve Lords A Leaping’.

Twelve Lords A Leaping

 

Language:

1. Tell this story from the partridge’s point of view 😉

2. Ask children to write thank you letters for each or any

of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

 

Infant Classes:

Some simpler ideas for infant classeHERE.

Simple Advent or Christmas Prayer Service (Junior Infants – 2nd Class)

Good morning & welcome to the hall today

for our Christmas Prayer Service.

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Advent is the special time in the Church’s year

when we get ready to celebrate

the birthday of a very special baby.

What was his name? (Jesus).

 

Does any one here know when is Jesus’s birthday?

Yes that’s right we celebrate Jesus’s birthday

on Christmas Day.

How many more sleeps is that? (  )

 

Sign of the Cross

 

Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.

 

We can be like ‘candles’ who share

the light and warmth of God’s love

with everyone we meet.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

 

On the night Jesus was born,

there was a light in the sky over the place where He was.

Does anyone know what was that light in the sky?

It was the Christmas star shining out bright.

 

So now we are going pretend that we are going on a journey

like Mary and Joseph and the donkey

and the Shepherds and the Kings

And to find our way we have to follow God’s shining star.

 

But first let us get ready for our journey

by making the best possible start when we say

Good Morning to God; this is the best way to start each day;

 

Father in Heaven, you love me

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always

In all I do and say

I’ll try to please you Father

Please bless me during the day

Amen.

 

Yes, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.

 

Hands up who is doing a Christmas play ?

What job do you have in the Christmas play?

Hands up who is an angel?

Who is a shepherd?

Who is a wise man or a wise king?

Is any one a Whoops a Daisy angel?

I am sure that after all your hard work your play will go well.

 

Who knows who told Mary that she was going to have a baby?

It was an angel who came to visit Mary

to tell her the Good News,

that she was going have a baby,

that was going to be the Mother of God. 

So stand up and spread your wings you are an angel

and we will sing ‘Mary Will You Take This Baby Boy’

 

Where did Mary live?

Mary lived in a place called Nazareth.

Who was Mary’s husband?

Mary was married to a carpenter called Joseph.

 

Mary and Joseph had to go on a journey.

Where were they going?

They were going to a place called Bethlehem.

 

Why were they going to Bethlehem?

They were going to be counted!

The reason they had to go to Bethlehem 

is that that was where Joseph’s family were from.

 

As well as getting ready for a new baby

Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey

from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

This journey is a long long journey

and there were no cars…

or buses…

or trains…

So how did Mary get there? Mary travelled on a donkey

And how did Joseph get there? He walked

The roads were rough and rocky.

The journey would have taken about a week,

so it would be like if you started walking today – Sunday

and you kept walking ….

on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

…until next Sunday.

 

And what happened when they did get to Bethlehem?

Well Bethlehem was full of people.

Mary and Joseph went looking but there was no place to stay.

Mary and Joseph went knocking on all the doors

 

Poor Mary and Joseph had no place to stay

So now it is time for us to say sorry for times

when we closed the doors to our minds and our hearts.

And if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

 

So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen

 

Is any one the innkeeper in their Christmas play?

What does the kind innkeeper say?

Yes, luckily one kind innkeeper said,

‘Would you like to stay in my stable?’

 

So let us open our doors and our hearts and our minds

like the kind innkeeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable did.

That night Baby Jesus was born,

and Mary loved her baby so much

just like your parents love you

Silent Night

 

Shepherds were minding their sheep.

Who came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born?

Yes angels came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born.

 

And how did the Three Wise men find Jesus?

The Three Kings or the Three Wise Men in the East saw the star,

they followed the star and found the Baby Jesus.

‘We Three Kings’

 

The Three Wise Men brought presents.

What presents did the Three Wise Men bring?

gold,

frankincense

and myrrh,

I am sure Mary and Joseph would have said thank you.

 

And now it is time for us to say Thank You to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning, please send your light.

Amen.

‘Away in a Manger’

Thank you, dear Jesus, thank you

for coming down from Heaven to save us.

Thank you for Christmas time.

Help us to get ready for

Your coming this year.

Amen

 

So as we get ready for Christmas.

Let’s remember that

it is a special baby’s birthday

and celebrate as we go

 Jingle Bells.

 

A Mystery: ‘Escape from the Zoo’ by Lucas F

‘What escaped from the zoo?’

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‘Was it a penguin?’

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‘No, the hole in the wall is too large.’

‘Was it a bear?’

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‘Nope. The hole is too small’.

‘Was it a lion?’

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‘Nope. No and definitely not’.

‘Was it an elephant?’

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‘What do YOU think?’

‘Was it a giraffe?’

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No, that would be a pain in the neck?

Is it a …. puma?

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‘No.’

‘Aaaaaaah! A snake?’

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‘Nope.’

‘But I am afraid. I am going to tell you. It is a …gnoolie!

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‘What?’

‘A gnoolie’.

‘What on earth is that? And how do you know that?’

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‘Because I let him go!’

‘What!!! Police!!!’

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‘Sorry Sir but you are under arrest’.

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‘No but… It’s ok. The gnoolie will use his rainbow power to shoot a hole in the prison walls’.

Update: Collaborative Project: Comparing Proverbs in Ireland & New Zealand. Using Abair.tcd.ie – The Irish Language Synthesizer

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We are doing a very interesting collaborative project with Mr. Webb’s class, Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand. We are comparing Irish proverbs and proverbs from New Zealand. You can see the work Mr. Webb’s class is doing HERE. We are going to compare their proverbs with ours and see the similarities and differences. Click on THIS LINK to see the work we have done so far.

Mr. Webb asked us to record the proverbs in the Irish language, so his students could hear them being spoken. We work in a ‘shared area’ in a very busy room and it is hard to record. However before the Halloween break we got received a really useful hint telling us about the speech synthesizer at ABAIR:

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You can find Abair.tcd.ie  HERE . We wrote Irish proverbs into the box on this page and Abair.tcd.ie produced a sound recording of it.

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It was interesting and easy to use. Many thanks to Aonghus for that advice.

Here are the sound recordings we made of the Irish proverbs we had chosen:

A country without a language is a country without a soul (Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam)

Hunger is a good sauce. (Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras).

A rainy day isn’t a day for children (Ní hé lá na báistí lá na bpáistí).

A beetle recognises another beetle (Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile) in other words ‘It takes one to know one’.

A (real) friend’s eye is a good mirror. (Is maith an scáthán súil charad)

He who is not strong must needs be smart! (An té nach mbíonn láidir ní folláir dó bheith glic)

Everyone is goodhumoured until a cow strays into his garden. (Bíonn chuile dhuine lách go dtéann bó ina gharraí)

 

Halloween Traditions with photographs

We celebrate Halloween on 31st October each year.

Waning Gibbous Moon
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The celebration of Halloween

has a long history.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere

we needed something to cheer us up

as the cold, dark nights arrive,

so the Celts marked the end of Summer

and the start of the Winter months, 

with a celebration called Samhain; ‘All Souls’.

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It was said that the souls of those who had passed

into the next world came to visit at this time. 

The celebration marked the end of Summer

and the start of the Winter months.

The time of the Celts in Ireland was 2000BC – 400AD.

 

Here are some Irish Halloween Traditions:

Traditionally for dinner there was ‘Colcannon’;

a plate of mashed potato, cabbage and onion.

Pennies were wrapped up in baking paper

and placed in the mash for children to find and keep!

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The traditional Halloween cake is barmbrack which is a fruit cake.

Once again you would have to be careful eating this

or you would break your teeth

because there were ‘tokens’ hidden in it.

 

If you got the rag then the next year would be a poor one.

If you got the coin then you could look forward to a year of riches.

Finding the ring was said to predict an engagement.

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If you wanted to find out who your future partner might be

you were advised to peel an apple in one go.

The single apple peel was then dropped on the floor

to show the initials of this mystery person.

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The tradition of Jack O’Lanterns travelled from Ireland to the USA.

But originally the Irish carved out turnips.

When the Irish emigrated to America there was not a great supply of turnips

so pumpkins were used instead. Pumpkins are easier to carve than turnips too!

 

Though the tradition of wearing costumes and ‘trick or treating’

seems to have been imported from the USA,

a tradition of wearing disguise also dates back to Celtic times.

By disguising themselves people superstitiously believed

that the souls who were visiting would leave them alone.

 

Halloween Games include ‘Snap Apple’.

An apple is suspended from a string and children are blindfolded.

The first child to get a decent bite of the apple gets to keep their prize.

A variation of this game involves hanging a bar of soap with the apple.

The risk was then that one would get a mouthful of soap instead of apple.

‘Bobbing for Apples’ can be played by placing apples in a basin of water

and trying to get a grip on the fruit!

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The Halloween bonfire is another tradition

and a more modern addition is the use of fireworks,

though they are illegal in Ireland.

It is important to be safe on Halloween.

halloween's harvest

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