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
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:
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.
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.
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!
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
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
Today is Wednesday which means an ASL baby sign word!
What is this mom/aunty duo signing?
Did you see that we are listed as one of Saskatoon’s Top Academic Enrichment Program? We are listed under our former name of My Smart Hands Saskatoon, yet this is the program we have taught for the past 3 years.
Check it out here!
Welcome Monday! I wish you a wonderful week filled with laughter, signing, wonder and exploration!