5 Day No/Little Screen Time Challenge

Welcome!

Today is World Read Aloud Day!  Check out our facebook video with a mostly signed Animal Boogie (Miss K has two ear infections and is not feeling well). At the end of the video, I am inviting you all to join in a 5 Day No/Little Screen Time challenge!

Today, there are 2/3 of 2 years olds use a technology device such as a tablet and close to 50% interact with smart phones. Thank you to our friends at the Speech Language Network for these stats!

Now, giving these stats, YES my 1.5 year old DOES use both the tablet  AND will reach for my smart phone. Hmm, what can I do differently? What can I do to help promote more parent interaction time? More creativity? More opportunities for play and exploration.

In Positive Discipline Parenting we encourage parents to be proactive with a young child’s screen time. I will be sharing ways that we can use Connection before Correction as we limit screen time in the next 5 days PLUS each day I will show you various activities we are doing together and separately.

 

Here are a few of our activities that we engaged with today instead of playtime. As I write this blog, Miss K is sleeping and Mr E is playing  bounce the balloon!

Here is Mr E showing Miss K how to put in the fish for this game. This was all child-led play. Mr. E found the game and wanted to show Miss K how to play. I enjoyed watching this activity as I did not have to engage in play and the brain and physical development that was taking place. This is a great way to strengthen concepts such as in/out, how things fit, and categories such as colours and big/little.

 

We took time to look and smell roses! What a great time to connect and share a common experience.

 

Here Miss K is stacking containers. She loves to play with nesting toys.

What is Connection Before Correction?

Connection is the foundation for all Positive Discipline Tools! You, as the parent, you can moderate and even set limits around screen time. When children feel closely connected they are more likely to go along with limits what you set (Kind AND Firm).

Create a connection with your child by finding as many opportunities as you can to stay close – physically and emotionally.

AND we are off!

-Create Connection by Paying Attention

-Create Connection by Listening

-Create Connection with lots of Hugs

-Create Connection with Special Time

Tomorrow, I will be sharing brain development and the power of routines!

 

With you in Parenting,

Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor & Positive Discipline Educator

 

 

 

 

Baby Sign Language and Meal Time

In this video, I am showing how a family can start to incorporate baby sign language as they feed their little. Kaila and I are practicing ASL signs for: “more”, “avocado”, and “all-done”.

 

Parents, often, find that using signs during meal time to be very motivational for their little. This is because soon their little will be able to use signs to communicate basic needs such as “all-done/finished”, “more”, “food” and even specify another food they want to “eat”! Most littles first few signs are often food related as these are very motivational!

 

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Class in Saskatoon

Join Little Hands and Me Parenting Network for FALL baby sign language classes. We use the Canadian Parent Tested Parent Approved Award winning My Smart Hands program!
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We learn ASL signs in a unique multi sensory environment which focuses on whole child development.

Classes:
Tuesdays starting September 6
10am – 2 spaces remaining
1:15pm – FULL

mom and baby class saskatoon

In a playful, educational and language-rich environment; parents and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through whole child development activities: sensory bins and bottles, puppets, shakers, flannel board stories, music, movement and so much more.

There is a new topic each week including: alphabet, everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

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Fore more information:
http://littlehandsandme.com/level-i-my-smart-hands-baby-sign-asl-mom-baby-saskatoon-yxe/

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language

In a playful, educational and language-rich environment; parents and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through whole child development activities: sensory bins and bottles, puppets, shakers, flannel board stories, music, movement and so much more.

 

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My Smart Hands™ Level I These classes are 8 weeks in length and 50 minutes.

You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life.

There is a new topic each week including: alphabet, everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

 

Investment: $105 which includes the 8 week 45 minute classes, weekly enhanced e-mails, support via e-mail, facebook or phone, graduation present. This works out to be $13.13 per class plus the cost of the curriculum! Plus $30 for the coloured Parent Tested Parent Approved award winning curriculum and 15 song exclusive CD! The total amount for the class is $135.

Baby Sign Language in Saskatoon (My Smart Hands)

Registration is now open for Baby Sign Language in Saskatoon! Join us for Level I or Level II starting in September.

Benefits of Baby Sign Language:

baby sign classes saskatoon

• Helps Reduce Frustrations and Tantrums
• Increases Parent/Child Interactions
• Allows Baby to Communicate
• Kick Starts Creativity
• Empowers Child & Their Families
• Children Express Interests Earlier
• Promotes Early Communication Skills
• Older Toddlers use Signing to Solve Problems

baby sign language class saskatoon

*Classes are small in size and spaces is limited. Register today to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday’s ASL Baby Sign Word

What is Mr. E signing this week?

 

baby sign for happy in Saskatoon

 

Emotions are a great way to sign with your older lovebug! Using ASL baby signs can help your lovebug express their needs during times when they are unable to communicate verbally

We Are one of Saskatoon’s Top Academic Enrichment Programs!

Did you see that we are listed as one of Saskatoon’s Top Academic Enrichment Program? We are listed under our former name of My Smart Hands Saskatoon, yet this is the program we have taught for the past 3 years.

 

Check it out here!

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Friday FunDay (reading and signing)

Friday’s FunDay!

Mr E, at about 16 months, was taking a break from “PLAYING” outside to “EAT” and “READ”!

reading and snacks

What fun activity is happening around your home today?

Sign, play and exploration are wonderful modes to learning for little ones. Set up invitations to play and watch your little one explore their world.

Friday Fun with Stones For Learning

We received “Stones For Learning” from RS Stones. I am in love with this product as it is from a Canadian Stone Hand Carver in Mission BC.

These rocks are in three shapes: circle, square and triangle. These three shapes are perfect for allowing even older babies/young toddlers to start identifying shapes Our 4 year old loved to play and string them with a pipecleaner. They also vary in colour as these are all natural products. Other learning that happens with these stones are learning: patterns, shapes, sequencing, counting and basic math.

Below is a youtube video of us signing and playing with these amazing “Stones For Learning” from RS Arts.

Here is a link to RS Arts facebook group. Pop on over and see his other creations or order these stones sets.
https://goo.gl/futWVg

stones for learning                   identifying shapes                learning to pattern