Benefits of taking classes and signing with your child #1 - Makes learning FUN!
Learn signs together in a playful setting
Provides motivation when progress seems slow
Meet other families with common interests in our community
Share your experience and ask questions
Learn valuable signing tips
Reduces frustration and tantrums
Strengthens parent/child bond
Builds child’s confidence and self-esteem
Promotes early literacy
Increases child's vocabulary
Helps develop fine motor skills
My child can hear. Why should we sign? Most children are not developmentally ready to speak until approximately 2 years of age. Babies are developmentally able to communicate with signs much earlier than that. Some studies indicate children as young as 6 months of age can communicate with limited signs. The inability to communicate can cause frustration and tantrums for both the parent and the child! Sign language is a wonderful tool that allows even very small children to express themselves. Most parents that sign with their babies talk about an explainable bond that is felt when their child communicates so early!
How early can I start signing, and how quickly will my child sign back? Start signing now! You can sign “milk” to your newborn when it’s time to nurse or time for a bottle. Sign “sleep” at nap and bedtimes. Take your baby’s hands and help them sign “more” in-between each spoonful. This will help integrate signs into your daily routine. Soon the repetition and reinforcement will occur naturally as your infant grows. There are a few factors to consider: how early you start, how frequently or consistently you use signs, as well as the child’s ability or developmental stage. If you start baby sign language with your newborn, she may not sign back until 8-14 months old. If you start with your 2 year old, he may respond immediately, or it could take a couple of months. Many children have a “signing explosion” around 1-and-a-half to 2 years. You will be amazed at how quickly they pick up signs.
Is it okay if my child doesn't sign correctly? Most children adapt signs to whatever they are physically able to do. As their fine motor skills develop further, their signs will also develop. This is very similar to the pattern in speech development; “Da-da” suddenly becomes “Daddy” or “Dad.”
What is a Baby Sign and Play class like? Classes meet for 1 hour each week (8 weeks per session.) We will work through a curriculum developed by Two Little Hands Productions based off the award winning Baby Signing Time! and Signing Time! series. You’ll learn the ASL alphabet, numbers and vocabulary in a fun and interactive environment. Class will be broken into short segments to keep little minds engaged and attentive in a structured way. First, class will start with our welcome song, “Baby Signing Time! Theme” and a review/question period to be sure everyone is doing well. Then Baby Signing Time! songs, along with stories, rhymes and familiar songs, are used to introduce and practice new signs. Classes will include free play, craft time, or music/movement time for more hands-on learning fun. The class will end with our goodbye songs, hand stamps and bubbles!