Abair Liom is the most recent (as of mid-2017) Irish programme to be published by Folens.
I have used it since it was released and I think it is so refreshing. It really brings the Irish language into the 21st century.
The programme contains a pupil workbook, a teachers handbook, flash cards, puppets and the digital software on www.folensonline.ie
The teacher’s handbook contains everything you need to teach the programme. It is packed with information from games to long-term plans to assessment and from templates to detailed daily notes and everything in between. Each week has a specific set of new vocabulary and there are colourful flashcards to reinforce the learning of this new vocabulary. Finally, the puppets of the main characters add a really fun element, especially for younger children.
The digital material is extensive and makes the programme really interactive. Each new chapter contains an interactive poster, new vocabulary, a story, a poem, a song, a game, conversational dialog, digital versions of the flashcards and teaching notes. I love it and so do the children – they often choose Abair Liom as their activity for Golden Time! Now if that doesn’t shout grá, I don’t know what does!