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 email@example.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.
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!
- 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
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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:
• 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
*Classes are small in size and spaces is limited. Register today to avoid disappointment.
What is Mr. E signing this week?
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 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!
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.
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)
Wiggly Worms (Sensory Based Learning class for 10+ months)
Quiet Crickets (3 to 5 year old My Smart Hands Program- FIRST time taught in Canada!)
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:
Today is Wednesday which means an ASL baby sign word!
What is this mom/aunty duo signing?