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Fun Educational Games In Irish Language Playing Educational games at home with your kids is a fun, effective way to strengthen your child's Educational skills. Here are two simple, easy to learn, fun to play games that will help your child practice and master their Educational facts, and learn to count loose change. How to Play: Who will get the bigger pile? Shuffle and deal out the entire deck between the two of you. Explain that the face cards are worth ten and the Ace is worth one. All other cards are worth their face value. At the same time, each of you flip one card over. Have your child add up the sum of the two cards, if he/she gets the answer correct, she gets the pile, if not, you get the pile. Continue this until all of the cards in your hands are gone. Add up your piles, whoever has the most cards wins! Note: It would be best to take a sharpie marker, and mark "10″ on the top of each of the face cards, and "1″ on the Ace. It is better that the child is actually seeing the #10 and 1. This way they won't have to recall what the face card is worth, and can focus on recalling their Educational facts! Also, for beginners, remove the face cards, until they have mastered the single digits. Variations: Subtraction Pile Up, Multiplication Pile Up - Same game, just with subtraction and multiplication rather than adding! This game will cost ya, but your kids will love it, and watch how quickly they learn the value of money. Supplies Needed: Any amount of loose change. (Found anywhere in the house - on the dresser, on the desk, kitchen counter, in the junk drawer, etc.) How to Play: If your child stumbles upon loose change they can play "If you can count it, you can keep it". First have them identify each coin by name, and value. Then have them count the coins. If the total is correct, they keep the change. If the total is incorrect, but they name the coins correctly they get to keep half. If neither is correct - they put the change back! Variations: Encourage your child to save the change for 1 month, providing them with a jar or piggy bank. At the end of the month, see if they can count all of the change. (They may need assistance). See if they can sort the change into whole dollars, and swap the change for dollar bills. Playing these simple, fun games is a sure way to helping your child improve their basic Educational skills.


I learned the Irish language at school and I chose it as one of 3 subjects for A level. To some people the Irish language is no longer relevant (too much Peig Sayers at school) but people who live as far afield as America and Canada have an interest in learning Irish as part of their heritage.

I first learned a few words of Irish at home because my mother is an Irish teacher. We lived in Northern Ireland and although it did not form part of the school curriculum at primary school I knew a bit of Irish before I started secondary school aged 11. In fact that summer I went to Loch an Iuir Gaeltacht in Donegal for 3 weeks to learn Irish. In the beginning I wasn't great at Irish but I had an interest in it and I learned quickly. My cousin Sinead was with me, she was almost a year younger, but she had grown up in Co. Monaghan and she had better Irish than me. Playing these simple, fun games is a sure way to helping your child improve their basic Educational skills. For Mor Information Visit http://www.smartycatgames.ie/

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