Programme 1: 'Me and You'
Saturday/Sunday - 5/6 April 2008 6.30 am BBC2 NI
In this programme we meet Na Dódai for the first time, Nóra,
the big sister who loves telling stories, the twins Ruairí and Róise
and the youngest member of the family, Naoise.
They set the tone for the whole series when they invite us to 'come
Na Dódaí dance and sing, make paper masks, and pretend to
be different animals. Nóra tells them a story about Lucy and her
friends on the farm. Through their magic bubble machine, Na Dódaí visit
our world, and we meet children in a Belfast nursery school.
Naoise tries to play the same games as his sisters and brother, but he
gets it wrong and they fight, telling him that he is too young to play with
them. Nóra realises that they have all been mean to their little
brother and she is the first to say sorry. Naoise forgives them, and they
hug in the beautiful garden, before they run to say goodbye to their friends
watching at home.
Suggestions for parents
- Why not make animal masks from scrap paper and cardboard? Either
paint them or stick on coloured paper or bits of fabric.
- If you base your masks on some of the characters in the story, you can
use them to add to the fun when you read the story with your children,
just as 'Na Dódaí' do in the programme.
- Even if your own knowledge of Irish is limited, why not try using some
of the simpler phrases from the programme to communicate with your children
and reinforce their learning.
Dia duit / hello
Maidin mhaith / good morning
Cé atá ann? / who is there?
Is mise… / my name is
Practise counting up to four with your children - you
can learn your numbers in Irish together, and you can add to your
knowledge as the series continues.