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Parents of Gaelic medium education children in Highland Council schools put in picture with new video series

By Hector MacKenzie

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A series of nine short videos has been created by Highland Council to help non-Gaelic speaking parents who have young children entering Gaelic medium education.

The videos, called Spòrs agus Seinn Còmhla ri Ellen (Fun and Sing along with Ellen), are each around seven minutes long and cover typical themes encountered during the average day at home with small children.

These include Getting Up, Hand Washing, Eating, Story-time and Getting Ready for Bed. This is done by using simple songs and easy phrases which parents can use with their children to introduce Gaelic use in the home environment.

Mrs Ellen Jack, an experienced Gaelic medium teacher, presents and created the songs.

The videos are a summarised version of a course called Gaelic For Parents which took place at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis and was hailed very successful.

Highland Council’s chair of education, Cllr John Finlayson, welcomed the creation of the new videos: "I am sure parents willbe delighted to have this additional resource to help support home learning and Gaelic language acquisition in a fun way that relates to home routines and I am sure the videos will be well received by children too.

“Due to Covid-19, we are following government guidance and physically distancing therefore our very young children have much less social interaction. Innovative projects which maximise the use of ICT to support additional language usage in the home are vital for non-Gaelic speaking parents who are placing their children in Gaelic medium education.”

Spòrs agus Seinn Còmhla ri Ellen is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

For further information please contact: Margaret.Mulholland@highland.gov.uk

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