The home is the most important place to learn Gaelic. This is where opportunities exist to learn the language with the family.The home is where children learn the language from their parents and extended family in order to play and use the language in the world in which they live.
Gaelic songs, lullabies, stories and games have enriched and brought to life children’s experiences in the oral tradition. It is through this richness that the Gaelic language has flourished naturally.
Children learn language in the many situations and environments around them and it is therefore crucial that they are exposed to Gaelic language in the first three years of life.
Singing lullabies, songs and rhymes have always been an essential part of children’s upbringing in the Gaelic speaking home. Singing has many benefits for children and families
You can hear the richness of the Gaelic language and culture by listening to CDs, internet and various television and radio programmes. Listen to the beautiful singing of Gaelic lullabies on Kist O’ Dreams.
In this video, Antonella Sorace demonstrates how culture and language are linked and how enriching this understanding is for young bilingual children. Fiona Dunn speaks about the pastimes and art forms she has encountered through bilingualism. Joanna McPake continues, talking about nuance and linguistic perspective in other languages and Fraser Lauchlan and Sgotaidh Mac Con Ulaidh discuss the relationship between bilingualism and identity, expression and open-mindedness.