Lámh in Schools

Now that schools have gone home for a few weeks, the Lámh Schools Team have been working on lots of ideas for parents and teachers to keep learning and having fun at home.

The Schools Team is made up of Speech and Language therapists; Aisling Becton, Lámh Schools Project Lead and Caroline Nolan, Schools Project Worker. They have ideas for parents and teachers to keep learning and having fun at home, while using and practising Lámh.
Check in over the next few weeks as we post new activities.

Check out our new activity designed by the Schools Team that all the family can get involved in.

Activity 2: Simon Says (Lámh Style)

Step 1: Get your family together in a big circle-inside or outside. Take turns signing and shouting out which action you all have to do. Everyone does the actions together. Lámh has signs for all these actions: climb, dance, dig, draw, drink, drive, fall, fight, go, grow, hug, jump, kick, knock, lie down, make, play, pour, pull, push, roll, run, sing, sleep, stop, sweep, swim, throw, stand up, wait, walk, wash……and more!

Step 2: Step it up a notch and add a number to your action, why not combine your signs!
Example: “ 2 jumps ” sign and say the number and the action word. Then as you do the action shout out “ jump 1, jump 2”.
Again, go around the circle so that everyone has a turn to give the instruction and the sign.

Step 3: Get Silly! Add details like throw in some fun actions. This is a great way to include more signs.
For example; walk like an elephant”, “ jump like a frog”, “swing like a monkey”, “ fly like a plane” “ roll like a sausage”.

Remember you can access Lámh Signs Online to check any of the signs needed for these activities. Lámh Signs Online is free to access until 31st May 2020.

Activity 1: Opposites

Step 1: Think about what opposites you want to sign. Check any signs in your Lámh book or Lámh online video library that you are not sure of before you start.

This is a good beginners list:

  • Big/Small

  • Open/Closed

  • Clean/Dirty

  • Wet/Dry

  • Hot/Cold

These are great signs to know and use because they are part of everyday! They are also 10 key signs for language development.

Step 2: How can you play?

  1. Get a box together of household objects that can help demonstrate each opposite- e.g. Big/small- Daddy’s shoe/ child’s own shoe, or a doll’s shoe, wooden spoon/ small spoon etc. Try to collect a few examples of each opposite pair.

  2. Use an opposites jigsaw.

  3. Print pictures of opposites – can they help you to think of something that’s “hot”. They can google pictures with you and pick their favourite. Again, try to get a few examples or each opposite pair to help their understanding of the concepts.

  4. Go around the house and take photos of objects that represent each opposite e.g. open /closed door, window, fridge, box, coat etc. Maybe they can take the photos on your phone/ tablet and be active in opening and closing things. Print and make and let your child stick them in to make a book.

The more you can involve your child in preparing and playing the above games, the more opportunities you have to teach /show the Lámh sign and create turns for them to sign in a meaningful way.

Step 3: As you pull out an object or turn over a picture you sign your target words e.g. “I got a dirty bowl”. “I want a clean book. Can you help me to find a clean bowl? “ Once you are confident your child knows the target try to combine 2-3 signs e.g. “ the window is open. Can you get the window is closed?

Step 4: Try to use these signs in as many real-life situations as you can. Children use more signs when they are with people who sign.

Remember: It’s always time to sign!

Open your Lámh toolbox!

As parents and teachers, you already know so much about Lámh and how it can be fun. The Lámh signs you know - and your children love - can be incorporated in to everyday activities and routines at home. If you need inspiration for signs, look at what you have already.

  1. You have probably attended a course; can you remember where your Lámh Sign Book is?

  2. Have you signed up for Lámh Signs Online?

  3. Pick a family sign of the day and off you go!

  4. I’ll start: How many times can you use the sign for 'dance' today?

  5. Your children’s favourite books are a good place to start adding in some Lámh signs. Gaeilge or English the signs are the same. Look over the book yourself first and decide on the sign/ signs that you are going to use while reading the book. Books which repeat a word or phrase are great places to start as you can use a sign over and over. Helpful hint: if you can rope in a brother or sister to hold the book and turn the pages, your hands will be free to sign. Find a comfy reading spot and go for it!

If you need a helping hand, call on a few familiar faces. Do you have a copy of the Lámh DVD(s) at home or have you checked out Lámh-a-Song on Vimeo?