Where did I get the idea and inspiration for SingFónaic? I was teaching Rang a Trí for a couple of years in a national school.
I noticed that most of the pupils were unable to pronounce the common Irish sounds correctly i.e. ‘th’, ‘ch’, ‘sh’, ‘bh’.
The students were drawing on their English phonics store rather than on their Irish phonics store when they attempted to decode Irish words. The Department of Education published a new Primary Language Curriculum in 2015. The new language curriculum focuses on phonics instruction and the teaching of phonological awareness to primary school children from the infants classes upwards.
I decided to create a structured Irish language phonics programme that is aligned with and complements the new Primary Language Curriculum. One of the main aims of the SingFónaic team is that the children will learn the Irish alphabet and the Irish sounds through characters such as Bobaí Broc, rhymes, songs, poems, phonics levels and games.
The SingFónaic team understand that fun is an integral part of any educational programme for children. We have designed fun and interactive games based on the fun characters and on the phonics levels.
There is no doubt that SingFónaic will be successful and that childrens’ reading, writing and conversational skills will progress and develop.