Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Cuir do làmhan air do cheann - Put your hands on you head

Halo, agus fàilte air ais gu Cròileagan air loidhne! 

Hello, and welcome back to online Cròileagan!


For the time being we are unable to restart any of our Cròileagan sessions as they used to run, and so we will continue to support our families with their Gaelic learning the best that we can virtually. 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer our survey. We have taken note of the answers, which generally all agreed that everyone would like to continue with the vocabulary, include more stories and songs, as well as the fact that people missed the social interaction. While we are not allowed to organise any face to face meetings, even outdoor ones, we are looking into ways we can set up some virtual social meetings and spaces. We'll share more once we know more about what we are permitted to do.

We are also hoping to be able to share more videos that include ourselves, like book readings, but before we can do that we need to find a way to get to all of our Cròileagan books which are currently all in buildings that we don't have access to!  


Anyway, onto this week's topic, which is A' Bhodhaig - The Body.

We'll start off with the song, Cuir do làmhan air do cheann - Put your hands on your head - which you can watch and listen to by clicking here. We used to sing this at some of our groups but it may be new to others.


If you click on the icon you can see at the top left of the screen with the song, you can download all of the words.

The basic body part words are:

You can hear how to pronounce these words below.


If you have already learned these, or would like to learn some more words then have a look at this table too:


You can hear how to pronounce these words below.


If you would like to do a craft that will give you a chance to practise talking about these body parts with your little one then how about this one? Click here to be taken to the site with the downloads for it.


Enjoy the rest of the week and we'll be back next week with some more songs and vocabulary for you next Wednesday.



Friday, 26 June 2020

End of Term

Dear Families,

As this is the last week of the school term for this year it is also the last week of Cròileagan. It has been a strange few months as we tried to put our activities online and keep up the Cròileagan spirit! We hope you have enjoyed the digital newsletters. The links will remain on the blog so you can revisit them over the summer as you wish.

Usually, in the last few sessions, we would give a big Cròileagan goodbye to those children moving to sgoil-araich or to C1. Sgioba Cròileagan are sad that we won’t get to do that this year and so you can find a certificate to download and fill in if your wee one is moving on from Cròileagan after the summer.

We have been missing you all and are really looking forward to welcoming families back when it is safe to do so.

An Sgioba Cròileagan
If you right click on the image above and then 'save as' you should be able to download the certificate to print off.


Monday, 22 June 2020

Cric crag crùbag


An t-seachdain seo: Cric Crag Crùbag

This week’s craft is based on one of the excellent Leugh le Linda episodes which the Gaelic Books Council has been running weekly throughout lockdown. The whole series is available on YouTube and this is the link to the relevant one for this week’s craft activity: https://youtu.be/087jKFunzr8.

Hopefully we will soon get an opportunity to visit a beach to use some of this vocabulary!

Cùm sabhailte, An Sgioba Cròileagan




Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Crùbag -Crab
Faoilleach -Seagull
Tràigh -Beach


Song Time

On the video Linda sings three songs and reads the Cric Crac Crùbag book which many of you will recognise from Cròileagan. We have included all the words of the songs on  as some of them are slightly different to those we normally sing.

Craft Time


The craft is quite easy, just draw one large circle and four smaller ones from red paper or card (or white paper and colour it in) fold over the circles, stick them down and draw on some legs and eyes.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Latha nan Athraichean - Father’s Day


An t-seachdain seo: Latha nan Athraichean - Father’s Day

Fathers Day is this Sunday,so that is our theme this week. You can make a monster hug for the daddy/grandad/other special person in your life, and write a wee message on it.

Why not let us know what you get up to this week? Even if it isn't craft related! Sgioba Cròileagan are here to help with any Gaelic we can.




Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Latha nan Athraichean - Father’s Day
Latha nan Athraichean Sona Dhut - Happy Father’s Day to you
Athair/ Dadaidh - Daddy
Seanair - Grandad
Le gaol - With love


Song Time

Some of you will know this week’s song, in which Dadaidh features.  You can hear it being sung here

Craft Time


For this week’s craft, you will need paper, glue, scissors, and some pens, pencils, or crayons. Cut out a monster of any shape you like, give it a face and write a message on it, and then create long arms - maybe by making paper chains - for the monster’s arms, long enough to give someone a hug! Gabhaibh spòrs, and don’t forget to send us some photos of what you make. 

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Tog agus Leag!


An t-seachdain seo: Tog agus Leag!

First things first, sorry we were late with this weeks blog update. Keeping track of time and days right now can be tough can't it? This week we are looking at building (a'togail) and demolishing (leag)! There are loads of things you can build and demolish safely at home - cardboard castles, towers of bricks, stacks of cushions, a weeks worth of recycling!

Why not let us know what you get up to this week? Even if it isn't craft related! Sgioba Cròileagan are here to help with any Gaelic we can.





Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Tog  - Build
Caisteal - Castle 
Aon- One
Dha - Two
Trì - Three
Leag - Knock down / demolish


Song Time

Lots of you will be familiar with this week’s songs, as we sing them often. They both use words for parts of the body. 

TV Time

Since we are all at home, why not watch something on Cbeebies Alba together? A good programme to start with might be 'Piseag is Cuilean'- this episode is about High and Low (Ard is Iosal) so why not see how high you can make your towers? https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000b1dn/piseag-agus-cuileankit-and-pup-series-1-1-ard-agus-iosal

Craft Time

For this week’s craft, you will need things from your recycling box to make towers, so toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes, plastic yoghurt pots or things like that, glue, scissors, and stuff to decorate with!  Gabhaibh spòrs, and don’t forget to send us some photos of what you make. 

Monday, 1 June 2020

Pàirtean den Bhodhaig (2)


An t-seachdain seo: Pàirtean den Bhodhaig

This week we will continue to look at some parts of our body. We will use our handprint to make some beautiful flùraichean (flowers). Maybe you could send some to someone you haven’t seen in a while? 




Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Làmh(an)  - Hand(s)
Cas(an) - Foot(Feet)
Corrag(an) - Finger(s) 
Ceann - Head 
Gualann (Guailnean) - Shoulder(s) 
Glùin(ean) - Knee(s)


Song Time

Lots of you will be familiar with this week’s songs, as we sing them often. They both use words for parts of the body. 


Craft Time

For this week’s craft, you will need paper, glue, scissors, and your hands! For the stems of the flowers you could use straws or pipe cleaners, if you have some, but strips of paper will work too.  Gabhaibh spòrs, and don’t forget to send us some photos of what you make. 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Pàirtean den Bhodhaig


An t-seachdain seo: Pàirtean den Bhodhaig

This week we are going to look at some parts of our body. We will use our fingers and hands, and our toes and feet to get messy and create some biastagan, and beathaichean.

You can also download a version of our DF to print out at home.



Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Làmh(an)  - Hand(s)
Cas(an) - Foot(Feet)
Corrag(an) - Finger(s) 
Ceann - Head 
Gualann (Guailnean) - Shoulder(s) 
Glùin(ean) - Knee(s)

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.

Song Time

Lots of you will be familiar with this week’s songs, as we sing them often. They both use words for parts of the body. 



Craft Time

For this week’s craft, you will need some paint, some paper, and your hands and feet! There are all sorts of beasties and animals you could make in this way, we have given you a few different ideas here. If you don’t have any paint at home, you could cut out your handprint or footprint from some paper. Gabhaibh spòrs, and don’t forget to send us some photos of what you make.