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

 

 

 

 

Bee My Valentine Event

Join Tanya with Little Hands and Me Parenting Network for a 30 minute Valentine’s Day Baby Sign Information Workshop for expecting & parents with babies under 8 months of age.

Together, we will explore:
-How to start signing
-Learn Valentine’s Day Songs
-Learn useful first signs signs through play, music, and movement!

And most importantly, answer your signs about baby sign language!

This class will also discuss the benefits of baby sign language and the Canadian Award Winning Parenting Tested Parent Approved “My Smart Hands” program!

Families MUST register to attend.
To register: Please e-mail or message Tanya at littlehandsandme@gmail.com.

The cost of the Bee My Valentine Workshop is ONLY $5 and all proceeds will be given to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or credited towards a registration of a future baby sign class.

Is there benefits of Baby Sign Language?

Often, parents hear the “main” benefit of signing to their little one. This is that they are able to communicate at an early age! This is amazing, wonderful and very real. However, this is not the only benefit of baby sign language. Parents and their little ones can experience so much more in a My Smart Hands baby sign language with Little Hands & Me Parenting Network!

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  • Benefits of Baby Sign Language:
  • Promotes language development with “late talkers”
  • Helps to reduce frustrations and tantrums-Increases parent/child interactions
  • Studies have shown signing can help with pre-literacy skills
  • Child can express interests at an earlier age
  • Allows baby to communicate needs and wants
  • Promotes creativity
  • Promotes early communication skills
  • Older toddlers can use signing to problem solve

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Registration is NOW on for November classes with Little Hands & Me Parenting Network!
To register for an upcoming baby sign, sensory or Positive Discipline class:

Registration

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!

 

Baby Sign Language uses American Sign Language signs!

Baby sign language is a tool of communication that you can give to your pre-verbal baby. Babies begin to gesture at a fairly early age; putting their hands in the air to be picked up, pointing at things they want etc. They quickly learn that these movements will elicit a reaction from his/her parents.

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Taking that natural gesturing to the next level, parents have started to teach their children specific signs that they can use to communicate their needs.

Most people use signs taken from a real sign language such as ASL in North America. By using ASL signs with babies you are not teaching them the actual language, you are simply using the exact sign for the exact English word.

When to Start Baby Sign Language Classes?

I am often asked, “When can I start signing with my child?” The answer is never the same for each family, as each parent has their own reasons for using #babysignlanguage  their family.

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Based on child development, babies are ready for signing when they start moving their eyes and head to track toys or their parents face. This shows they are interested in learning and ready to start communicating with you! When you start signing, your child may show you many new reactions. This could be a frustrated or confused face, an interested expression, moving their hands in different ways, or smiling. These are all good indications that your child is trying to figure out what you are saying with your hands. Keep using American Sign Language and soon your child will be signing back!

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Most baby & toddler sign language instructors recommend waiting until your child is between the ages of 4 to 6 months of age. Children are meeting important milestones during this time including: eye contact, purposeful movement of arms/hands, and beginning to find new ways to engage with their parents such as squealing, smiling, cooing and babbling.

Parents may decide to start signing earlier or later. In fact, we have had children as young as 2 weeks up to 2.5 years of age in her classes. Basically parents can start signing with their baby or toddler when ready!

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A key point about signing, is to be consistent! Start signing with 2-5 words, consistently during the day. However, add more ASL in every week as your child is wanting to learn more. Finally, watch your child for signing approximations and when they start signing or moving their hands to approximate a sign, reward them with praise or what they were asking for!

Baby Sign Language Promotes Early Language Development

A little needs to hear a word 200 times before verbally expressing the concept. However, when using Baby Sign Language (ASL signs) a child is comprehending a single word using both their visual and auditory ways of learning! Research, over 28 years worth, shows that ASL signs supports verbal English!

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Plus, using Baby Sign Language allows for a child to express themselves much earlier as they can use their signs to communicate. They are feeling less frustrations as they have empowerment over their environment!

Our Mid-Fall classes schedule has just been announced and registration is ongoing!

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Tuesday Classes:

9:00-10:15am – Positive Discipline Parenting Starting November 8

10:30-11:20am – Level I Baby Sign Starting November 1

11:30-12:20pm – Level II Baby Sign Starting November 15

1:00-1:50pm – Level I Baby Sign Starting November 1

Thursday Classes:

1-1:30pm – Quiet Crickets (Preschool 3-5 year old) Starting November 3

1:45-3:00pm – Positive Discipline Parenting Class Starting November 3

3:15-3:55pm – Wiggly Worms (Whole Child Developmental class for 10+ months) Starting November 3

 

 

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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

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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.