Lullabies of the World

Lullabies of the World

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OWLET: Lullabies of the World is a project aimed at supporting babies and young children to practice language, develop their own positive identity and develop an understanding of others. It is inspired by our experience of teaching and caring for young children from diverse backgrounds and our commitment to building a more inclusive, supportive, and safe environment for all children in Ireland. 

OWLET is a partnership between Early Childhood Ireland and Mother Tongues, which is supported by the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Fund in association with Community Foundation Ireland. 

The OWLET: Lullabies of the World playlist includes the following 10 songs:

  1. Seoithín, Seo Hó (Irish) sung by Ceara Conway
  2. Ntutulele Nana robala (Setswana) sung by Neo Florence Gilson
  3. Nanhi Kali Sone Chali (Hindi) sung by Sachita Suryanarayan
  4. Doină de leagăn(Romanian) sung by Aleka Potinga
  5. Kan pitite an mwen(Creole) sung by Ines Khai
  6. Kochanie moje, kochanie(Polish) sung by Dorota Konchevska
  7. Neba lielas lietas dēļ (Latvian) sung by Kristina Korcevska
  8. Aaa, Pupa (Lithuanian) sung by Raimonda Masiulyte Ramchurn
  9. Se essa rua fosse minha (Brazilian Portuguese) sung by Luana Matos
  10. A la nana, nanita (Spanish) sung by Katerina Garcia

Early Childhood Ireland and Mother Tongues, as owners, retain all exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform this work. You can find the lyrics to each song as well as their translation in English on our YouTube playlist.

Project background

Early Childhood Ireland members and the wider Early Years and School Age Care sector highlighted a desire, and need, for further support in promoting cultural and linguistic diversity.   

Music plays a valuable role in the daily rhythm of young children’s lives, and the OWLET Project focuses on lullabies as a means of supporting children’s identity and sense of belonging.  

Many children aged 1 to 2 years hear foreign languages spoken in their Early Year’s settings in Ireland, which creates space for them to explore and speak their home language. Lullabies in different languages foster children’s development of positive attitudes to their own diversity and identity, as well as a curiosity about other languages.  

Lullabies in different languages also provide a wonderful connection to parents and families, as it creates an opportunity to learn more about families’ cultural backgrounds. 

The project consists of three parts: a 10-song playlist, an illustrated children’s board book, and an educator’s e-resource. 

The lullabies represent the languages of Irish, Setswana, Hindi, Romanian, Creole, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish.  

What’s included in this project?

1. Audio recordings of 10 different lullabies

Early Childhood Ireland has carefully curated a playlist of 10 lullabies sung a cappella, representing different languages of the world. Many of these lullabies are drawn from folklore or passed down from one generation to the next, lulling children and adults into a peaceful and relaxed state.

2. An illustrated children’s board book

Drawing on the magic created through the songs, each of the 10 lullabies is uniquely represented through illustrations in this beautifully designed children’s board book. Early Childhood Ireland wanted educators and children alike to see and experience their culture being celebrated. Each page contains a special extract of the full lullaby.  One printed copy of the illustrated children’s book will be gifted to all Early Childhood Ireland members which care for children aged 1 to 2 years.   

3. An educator e-resource

This is an online, interactive resource which has been designed especially for educators who would like to further explore lullabies. Early Childhood Ireland members can access this unique e-resource on The Pedagogy Space of our Learning Hub.

The e-resource offers information and inspiration on the positive learning outcomes that are connected to lullabies, as well as reflective prompts for quality practice including:   

  • How to integrate lullabies into children’s daily routine to promote better quality sleep   
  • How to support children’s emotional regulation and reduce stress  
  • How to enhance cognitive development 
  • How to support a developing sense of identity and belonging    

Get in touch

If you have engaged with the OWLET resources, we would love to hear about your experience! Please email your feedback to Christina at cmarnell@earlychildhoodireland.ie 

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