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.

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.

Benefits of Baby Sign Language

Registration is now open for Baby Sign Language in Saskatoon! Join us for Level I or Level II starting in September. We offer small class sizes and space is filling up!

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Benefits of Baby Sign Language:

• 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

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

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:

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• 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.

When Can I Start Signing With My Baby?

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 baby sign language their family.

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!

 

Between 4 to 6 months 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!

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!

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

Make Baby Sign Fun and Watch for Teachable Moments!

Make signing with your love bug fun and look for teachable moments!

Signing should be fun! Do not worry about carving time out of your day to sit down and sign with your little. Rather signing can be used throughout your day in natural and fun ways!
duck emotion felt board story and ASL signs

In our Level II class we used 5 little yellow ducks felt board to learn “emotion” signs in a fun way! Each duck had their own feeling when “momma duck” said quack quack quack, “how do you feel when you play like that?”. The Love Bugs had so much fun playing and exploring these felt board play items together as a group while the moms signed and said the poem!

Examples can be when your child is feeling hungry ask them if they want “food” or “milk”. Once you asked your little if they want “milk” then give then their need. This will also help encourage signing and empowerment over their environment.

Fall Mom *dad/caregiver and Baby Classes in Saskatoon

Buzz, Buzz! It is summer outside, and time to think about flying by for a mom (dad) and child class this fall! We have classes for your love bugs ages birth to 5 years of age! Registration starts this week.

Our programs include:
Ladybugs (Whole Child Development Class from birth to 12 weeks)

Level I My Smart Hands (Bumblebee)
Level II My Smart Hands (Dragonfly)

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Wiggly Worms (Sensory Based Learning class for 10+ months)

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Quiet Crickets (3 to 5 year old My Smart Hands Program- FIRST time taught in Canada!)

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Positive Discipline Parenting Class (Firefly)

Registration starts Wednesday July 6! Remember that classes are small in size. A minimum of 4 families is required in each class to a maximum of 8 families.

Here is the link for more information on the classes:
http://littlehandsandme.com/

Signing and Signing with Little Hands & Me

Signing and signing go together naturally. Most children’s songs have motions that go with them; keep in mind, however, that these are not always actual signs. While signing and singing, choose one or two words to sign for each song instead of signing all the words.

In Level I we sign to the Itsy Bitsy Spider in week 7! I will highlight key signs to start signing and singing with this children’s song. In our classes, we would sign even more!

 

The Itsy Bitsy SPIDER

Went up the WATER spout

DOWN came the RAIN

and washed the SPIDER out

out came the SUN

and dried up all the RAIN

and the itsy bitsy SPIDER

went up the spout AGAIN