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!

mom and baby class saskatoon

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!

baby sign with mom saskatoon

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!

Tiny Tots Sensory Class in Saskatoon

The Wiggly Worms class is a 6 week whole child developmental class for toddlers 10+ months of age.

This 45 minute program will focus on play and exploration! Class starts on Sept 13! There is just 3 spaces remaining for this class.

This class will have the following activities:
-Music and Movement
-Sensory Play
-Motor Skills Play
-Interactive Literacy Activity
-Messy Play

mom and tot sensory exploration in saskatoon         messy play saskatoon

Parents and their little ones will participate in activities that promote:
-Language Development
-Sensory Play
-Motor Skills (Fine and Gross)
-Literacy
-Brain Development
-Multi-Sensory Activities
painting fun in Saskatoonfelt board story play

Wiggly Worm (Child Development Class for 10+months old)

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

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.

Make ASL Baby Signing fun and Watch for Teachable Moments!

Tip number four is: Make it 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 kids 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.

Here are some comments from today’s 5 graduating classes (baby sign Level I and II & tot sensory classes)!
“Learning the signs & sensory activities. You always send us home with great ideas of new things to do to learn, play and sign”

playing with sensory eggs

“The combination of music, signing and movement!”

“Thank you so much for all of the amazing info and classes. We had so much fun!”

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“All the home made products. It’s nice to know you can do it at home as well”

messy makers play with mud

“Tanya is a great leader”

 

7 Fun Activities to Do in Saskatoon During the Easter (March) Break!

7 Fun Activities to Do in Saskatoon During the Easter (March Break)!

1. Join the Saskatoon Public Library for fun and free event http://goo.gl/uyugcX
2. Vanscoy Multiple 4-H Club Petting Zoo at Lawson Heights Mall http://www.mallatlawsonheights.com/events
3. Nature Walk along our beautiful river bank
4. Create an egg sensory bin
5. Put on your PJ’s and have a dance party!
6. Blow bubbles and sign/sing with your little ones
7. Visit the Easter Bunny at Market Mall or Lawson Heights Mall