What’s your name?

‘When you first sang Ben’s name in the hello song,’ Joanna confided,  ‘I thought I was going to cry!’ Whenever the group is small enough, we sing hello around the circle, greeting each child and baby by name. We’re noticing them, accepting them, and by naming them we are making them part of the group. I […]

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What do you teach in Rhymetime?

Nothing. I hope that doesn’t disappoint you but I teach absolutely nothing. I sing, jump about, and wriggle my bottom. I don’t teach. Your amazing child won’t be stopped by that! Despite the lack of a teacher they will learn a huge amount, as if by magic. First there’s language. They’ll be absorbing speech patterns […]

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Donkey voices welcome

Rhymetime is an activity you do together. Each week your voice and your child’s voice join the greater sound that we make as a group, whether you are singing, laughing, blowing your nose or yawning. But some people feel very self-conscious about their singing and they tell me that they really do have a ‘bad […]

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Again? Again!

“Twinkle, please!” If I don’t sing Twinkle, twinkle little star at Rhymetime, someone small always comes up to me at the end and asks me to put that right. These children know that repetition is good, and we adults sometimes forget this. Coming together and singing the same songs, week after week (and again at […]

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