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Little Voices is the Oral Language strand of the ABC Start Right Limerick project. Little Voices is for all young children and their families in the Northside and City Centre communities of Limerick. Little Voices has two language teachers who work with parents, families and staff to develop young children’s speech, language and communication skills. We run groups, giving practical tips and ideas on how to help develop children’s language and help them learn to talk. Little Voices works in baby & toddler groups, crèches, preschools, junior infant classes and health centres in the ABC Start Right areas.

Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

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Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Shaking to a Rhythm Gather the musical instruments and noise makers you use at home or in your group, for example homemade shakers, bells, egg shakers, rattles. Everybody gets a noise maker they can shake. Sit together in a circle. Say the rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ slowly in the group while you shake together to the steady beat of the ... Read More »

Incy Wincy Spider Ideas

Incy Wincy Spider Ideas

Incy Wincy Spider Shadow Puppets  Step 1: Turn off the lights in the room. Step 2:  Get a lamp and shine the lamp on to a clear wall at low level. Have everyone sitting in a semi-circle near the wall. Step 3: Sing the rhyme slowly to show children the shadow spider. One adult can do the hand puppets while ... Read More »

Great rhymers, make great readers… The importance of nursery rhymes for children

Great rhymers, make great readers… The importance of nursery rhymes for children

Songs and rhymes are a cornerstone of language development, positive interaction and early learning in childhood. Some of your earliest memories may be of a family member or friend singing with you to ‘Round and Round the Garden’ or ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’. This is because from before we are born, our ears tune in to the rhythms and sounds ... Read More »

Humpty Dumpty Activities 0-3 years

Humpty Dumpty Activities 0-3 years

Action Rhyme Time 1:1 Sit on the floor, with baby facing you. Let baby know you’re going to sing ‘Humpty Dumpty’ together. Bring your knees up and leave your feet on the floor. Hold baby carefully so they can sit on your knees with you supporting them. You can sit on a chair too, just remember to get face to ... Read More »

5 Ways to have fun with Nursery Rhymes

5 Ways to have fun with Nursery Rhymes

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Rhyme A Day Challenge

Rhyme A Day Challenge

Last year, over 500,000 children under the age of 7, from 39 different countries, took part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. Rhyme A Day Challenge Resources The ‘Rhyme A Day’ challenge will focus on each rhyme in the following order: Monday 13th November: ‘Humpty Dumpty’ Tuesday 14th November: ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ Wednesday 15th November: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ Thursday 16th November: ‘Wind ... Read More »

Tips for Encouraging Interaction and Conversation with Little People

Tips for Encouraging Interaction and Conversation with Little People

Get your child’s attention first: Young babies find it difficult to focus their attention so getting down to their level and being face-to-face will engage them and ensure you have a captive audience. Make sure the interaction is fun and interesting: Simple, everyday things like a ‘magic’ wooden spoon or a colourful sock (think puppet!) can make for a fun ... Read More »

The Power of Praise

The Power of Praise

The basic building block in positive parenting is having a strong, nurturing relationship with your child. While this seems pretty simple, it can easily get lost amidst the morning rush to school, the growing mountains of laundry, the juggling of schedules and, of course, the constant pushing of boundaries. While we know that it is normal for children at each ... Read More »

Communicating and Connecting with your child

Communicating and Connecting with your child

The excitement and anxiety at the beginning of the school year has now eased, and most parents have settled in to a daily routine, even if it feels chaotic at times. The rush to get ready for school in the morning and the evening routine, with homework, after school activities, friends, lunches and dinner can feel overwhelming for both children ... Read More »