Busy, busy, busy with Bookbug!
Lately, I have been busy delivering Gaelic Bookbug sessions in Tongue, Lochcarron and Plockton. I also attended The Scottish Trust’s Bookbug training organised by Bòrd na Gàidhlig. I found this hugely beneficial – my head was buzzing with ideas!
I must admit that when I had first been asked to deliver a Gaelic Bookbug session, I was a little apprehensive. How was I going to fill half an hour and keep the little ones (all at various stages of development) engaged? I also felt that I needed to vary the content of the session from the repertoire of songs etc. which are part of our toolkit to support children’s Gaelic language acquisition through repetition on regular visits to Gaelic Parent and Toddler groups in Highland.
The long, albeit scenic drive to each venue gave me a chance for a bit of rehearsing – singing away to myself and no teenagers (my own!) moaning at my singing! So engaged was I in thoughts about ‘Bookbug’ that I nearly missed the turn off and only narrowly avoided ended up in Ullapool instead of Plockton!
After delivering the 3 sessions, which I thoroughly enjoyed I sat back and mulled over how things had gone:-
My own reflection above has given me a good indicator of the how things went. Here are some comments shared by parents:
“Had a great time at the Gaelic book bug session this afternoon. It was the first time we have been and **** really loved it, thanks Maree.”
“Yes it was really good ***** and i both enjoyed it, looking forward to next ceilidh !! “
“It is really good for the children to hear Gaelic in different contexts and from someone different, and they really enjoyed last time.”
The crucial feedback though – children’s willing engagement and oh yes…..the smiles on the faces of all the ‘Little Bookbugs’!
Maree Nicolson, CALA Gaelic Parent & Toddler Development Worker