Gaelscoil ilchreidmheach i mBaile Locha Riach – Multidenominational primary school in Loughrea

Naíonáin Bheaga – Learning Letters

Gníomhachtaí – tá foghlam fuaimeanna na litreach níos tábhachtaí ná ainmneacha na litreach. Sna Naíonáin Bheaga foghlamaíonn  na gasúir na litreacha, leis an bhfuaim agus an gníomh a bhaineann leis. Ní mór iad a cleachtadh go rialta sa mbaile agus labhairt leis an múinteoir má bhíonn fadhbh agaibh.

The Actions – learning the sounds of letters is more important than learning the names. In Naíonáin Bheaga the children learn their letters, with the associated sound and action. Please practice regularly at home and ask the teachers if you have any questions.

s Weave hand in an s shape, like a snake, and say ssssss
a Wiggle fingers above elbow as if ants crawling on you and say a, a, a. (Also: raise hands like donkey ears above head and say aw – long a sound)
t Turn head from side to side as if watching tennis and say t, t, t.
i Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of nose and squeak i, i, i.
p  Pretend to kiss your fingers and say p, p, p (as in póg/ kiss)
n Make a noise, as if you are a plane – hold arms out and say nnnnnn.
c k Raise hands and snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck,

 ck, ck.

e Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan, saying eh, eh, eh.
h Hold hand in front of mouth panting as if you are out of breath and say h, h, h.
Pretend to be a puppy holding a piece of rag, shaking head from side to side, and say rrrrrr.
Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.
d Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d.
g Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.
o Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o; o, o (Also: wave hands like an octopus saying oh oh – long o sound)
u Pretend to be putting up an umbrella and say u, u, u.
l Pretend to lick a lollipop and say l l l l l l.
f Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say f f f f f f. (rubbing hands together at the end – fuar)
b Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b.
j wobble like jelly, with hands by your side and say juh, juh, juh (judo)
z pretend to be a bee and make a zzz sound (zú)
w  blowing into hand like the wind saying w (also like living in wigwam)
v driving a van and saying vvvv
y eating yogurt with a spoon saying yyy
x taking a picture with a camera, saying ks, ks, ks (x-ray)
qu making a duck’s beaks with your hands and saying qu, qu, qu


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