The Gaelic Playgroup
On Thursday 9 September Balquhidder village hall hosted the first Gaelic Playgroup. Over the past three weeks we have introduced local children of varying ages (5 months – 11 yrs), to the Gaelic language. Through singing songs, conversation and playtime, they are learning basic Gaelic phrases, such as ‘How are you? I am fine' and ‘My name is…' They have also been concentrating on the colour red. It has been great fun and some of our attempts at pronunciation have certainly provided much amusement!
We really hope that the group will be a chance for the children to get together and play, for Mums to meet and for the Gaelic language to be heard and experienced. We hope that this will encourage an interest in the language as the children grow up. We are very grateful to Joan Mann and Cathy Boreland for giving their time and energy to leading the Gaelic learning.
Thanks to funding from Bord na Gaidhlig we have been able to purchase play equipment to support the group and last week we enjoyed playing games with a parachute. We hope to add to the equipment as we see what is popular and what else might enhance their play.
After some free playtime the children sit down together and enjoy a healthy snack provided by the playgroup; this is also an opportunity to learn some Gaelic words for food, although we weren't sure if there was a word for ‘Pop corn' in Gaelic!
The Playgroup is held every Thursday in Balquhidder village from 10.30am to 12.30pm and costs £1.00 per family. It's never too late to come and join us, we would love to see you (no Gaelic knowledge required).
If you would like more information please email Abbey