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.

Wednesday’s Word (ASL sign)

It’s Wednesday which means we get to play “What is Mr. E Signing?”

 

Baby sign ASL for Stop Saskatoon

 

That’s correct! Mr E is signing “STOP”. This is such a great sign to use with your children as they grow and explore. We will ask Miss K to “STOP” when she starts touching plants, or wanting to put something in her mouth that doesn’t belong there. This  sign can also replace where one may use the word/sign “NO”.

When Can I Start Baby Sign Language With My Little One?

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!

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!

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!