L & C  Co KerryBD Co LimerickS. Limerick CityJ & C Co KerryE & C Co LimerickF & D Co LimerickT & R Co ClareE & M Co CorkC & H  Co KerryP Limerick CityN & M Co KerryS & M Co Kerry
  • We finally see a light at the end of the tunnel for our little girl, she can learn and make gains, her reading and spelling have already improved in this short time working with you. She is starting to believe in herself now too and we as parents understand her more now we know she just learns in a different way.
    Would you believe her support teacher rang me today just to touch base as I had sent a note last week about a maths concept that had been difficult? He was just so positive about Z on the phone he said she is doing great with her sight words, answering questions in the small group and winning little mini word games
     he does with them.
    She's on level 6 books and moving to level 7 books next week. Class are at level 9.
    He said not to worry she will catch up.
    So to say I was delighted is an understatement! I was over the moon to see progress being made and being told yes she can learn rather than hearing she has complex needs and a poor memory etc.
    We will definitely be in touch I'm sure of it in the future and thank you for getting us to where we are now.
    L & C Co Kerry
  • I would highly recommend Hummingbird Learning Centre to anyone struggling to read and write. I myself being a businessman for twenty years always avoiding paperwork, writing invoices etc as I was too embarrassed and left the office side of things to someone else.
    Elaine Sparling was recommended to me, and on my first meeting with her, I felt completely at ease with her. She is kind and caring and dedicated to her craft.
    There is no one too old for hummingbird Thanks so much Elaine.  
    BD Co Limerick
  • I'm a past student of Hummingbird and I have to say a major thank you to Elaine for everything. I thought I couldn't concentrate or learn anything but she helped me to believe in myself. She gave me a lift back to the bus stop to make sure I got back to Limerick ok. I've never forgotten that. Thank you for your kindness. She is excellent at her job. She is very approachable, you could ask her anything. I would highly recommend her.
    S. Limerick City
  • Just wanted to say a big thank you to Elaine, on teaching my 6-year-old for the last 10 weeks. He has come so far and showing more confidence. I would be lost without you and it feels sad that we are finished now. But you never know you might see us again. So I definitely recommend Elaine from Hummingbird. So thank you very much & I will stay in touch.
    J & C Co Kerry
  • Just wished to say that we had a really good school report from C's class and resource teachers this week.
    Both acknowledged C's immense improvement in confidence and application to his work at school this term.
    Thank you so much for working with C. Your patience and wonderful learning strategies have really help to support C and give him a renewed belief in himself and his own ability and talents.  It means so much to M and I as parents to see our son bounding into school happy each morning. We would be delighted to recommend you to families and or school teams seeking learning strategies and support.
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    E & C Co Limerick
  • Thank you so much for all you have done for D to date.  I am very grateful for all your help, advice and tips on how to help D learn.
    F & D Co Limerick
  • Thank you so much for everything Elaine. I'll make sure he gives you a mention in any acceptance speeches he makes when he's older!
    T & R Co Clare
  • I am so grateful to Elaine as her Hummingbird program was a huge help to my 10-year-old son and also to me.
    It is a fact that schools are so busy that the overstretched teachers cannot adapt to suit each child’s individual needs. I knew my son was capable of doing better in school but something was just not as right as it could be.
    So I turned to Elaine and it was the right decision for my son. Elaine showed my son that all he needed to succeed was inside him. It was amazing to see him begin to trust in himself again.
    School (by necessity) focuses on what a child ‘should do’.
    Elaine showed my son what ‘he could do’.
    I’m so happy I invested in my son via the Hummingbird program. I can’t recommend Elaine enough.
    Thank you very much Elaine
    E & M Co Cork
  • H's reading has much improved and her confidence in writing and reading has been remarkable. She believes that with her superpower she can do anything.  Thank you so much and the fact l can always ring for advice is both reassuring and great.
    C & H Co Kerry
  • Elaine delivered the study success programme to our son over the course of 4 weeks. The course was varied and included topics such as note taking, goal setting, planning and homework routine. He engaged enthusiastically with the programme thanks to Elaine's relaxed manner. Equally, Elaine's ability to relate to him 'at his level' using examples and topics which were of interest to him was especially important.  As parents, we also gained valuable skills in relation to dealing with study and homework and will use the tools we gained into the future
    P Limerick City
  • M thoroughly enjoyed her Thursday evenings at Hummingbird Learning Centre and under the excellent tutelage of Elaine is now equipped with new essential study and learning skills. M is now looking forward to continuing her educational journey as a happier student with new confidence in herself and her own learning abilities.
    As the parent of a child attending the weekly sessions with Elaine, I always felt welcome and any issues or concerns that I had regarding my daughter's educational welfare were attended to in a supportive, timely and helpful manner.
    Thank you so much, Elaine and Hummingbird!
    N & M Co Kerry
  • I can’t say enough about the program. Every child should be given access to this program because it is amazing and Elaine is amazing. Not only did she have time for my daughter but also for her siblings. They all enjoyed coming and hearing her tricks and her funny stories. As a mother, I am so happy that I found out about the course and I have no doubt that it will stand to my daughter not only in secondary school but for life. Elaine, I can’t thank you enough, you have given my daughter hope, confidence and above all, belief in herself. Thank you.

    S & M Co Kerry
  • Hi Elaine, hope all is well with you and that you had a good summer. Just thought I'd touch base with you and let you know how well Jim is getting on at school since he went back in September. His fluency in reading has improved brilliantly and his spellings have done the same, T.G., and his self confidence is fantastic now and all thanks to you and the Hummingbird Learning Method. I can't begin to thank you enough and will be forever grateful for all your help. Take care, Talk soon.
    R & J Kerry
  • The whole house has changed since I took my son to Elaine. Homework is no longer the stressful time that it was and everyone in the house has benefitted from it. Conor is much happier, his handwriting has improved, he’s getting better results and his confidence is way up – even his hurling has improved.
    P. Limerick
  • My daughter, now eight years old was diagnosed as having developmental delay and poor muscle tone. Her symptoms were not unlike dyspraxia in so much as she has poor balance and co-ordination, her writing skills and comprehension pose difficulties and sometimes she finds it difficult to find the words she needs to explain something. This all took a toll on her confidence. And on hearing of The Hummingbird Learning method I decided to give it a try. Elaine greeted us both with an openness that my daughter immediately connected with. She skipped out after her first session bubbling over with a new found confidence and enthusiasm for learning...because with Elaine learning is fun!! We go to Elaine's for regular top-ups often prompted by my daughter herself. Her writing skills have improved immensely, her ability to learn her spellings and more importantly how to remember them means she does very well on her weekly tests and most importantly I have a very happy confident little girl...a true Hummingbird.
    K. Limerick
  • I can never believe how quickly the time goes when I am at Hummingbird Learning Centre, it’s not like school at all! It’s fun. My tests are way better now and it takes way less time doing my homework. My teacher can’t spell forwards & in reverse and now I can. It’s brilliant.
    C. Kerry
  • Just wondering if you put a spell on Jane yesterday? She is reading books since last evening, we can’t open our mouths to her, what a transformation.
    D. Dublin
  • Elaine Sparling is an amazing woman & teacher. The hardest thing for me, growing up with dyslexia, is the feeling of being stupid. Working with Elaine took all of that away, as well as learning a brand new way to spell, which I am now teaching to my daughter. I am in awe of what you do Elaine, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    V. Limerick