Naíonra Bealach Chonglais

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NAÍONRA Bealach Chonglais in Balt­in­glass is one of the long­est es­tab­lished Naíon­raí in the coun­try. In the Naíonra a group of chil­dren come to­gether daily for 3 hours of pre school ac­tiv­i­ties through Ir­ish, in a safe en­vi­ron­ment, un­der the guid­ance of their su­per­vi­sors.

Here chil­dren aged 3-5 years are given the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire the Ir­ish lan­guage nat­u­rally through the medium of play, rhymes, songs, sto­ries, arts, sports and study of their en­vi­ron­ment.

The idea is that the child will ac­quire this sec­ond lan­guage in the same way in which he/she ac­quired the first – by lis­ten­ing, un­der­stand­ing, iso­lat­ing words, phrases and sen­tences. The pre-school child is al­ready ac­tively in­volved in lan­guage learn­ing and the Naíonra presents an ideal sit­u­a­tion for that pur­pose, lis­ten­ing and un­der­stand­ing are the es­sen­tial first steps to speak­ing.

The first lan­guage does not lose out when the child be­gins to ac­quire an­other, on the con­trary the to­tal lan­guage abil­ity is pro­moted and chil­dren at that age have no prob­lem sep­a­rat­ing one lan­guage from an­other. Chil­dren who have com­pleted their preschool in Naíonra have a head start when it comes to study­ing Ir­ish at pri­mary school.

The Naíonra par­tic­i­pates in the free pre-school scheme (E.C.C.E.) And also ad­heres to Síolta preschool cur­ricu­lum and the bun­tús sports pro­gramme.

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