Baby Sign Language and Meal Time

In this video, I am showing how a family can start to incorporate baby sign language as they feed their little. Kaila and I are practicing ASL signs for: “more”, “avocado”, and “all-done”.

 

Parents, often, find that using signs during meal time to be very motivational for their little. This is because soon their little will be able to use signs to communicate basic needs such as “all-done/finished”, “more”, “food” and even specify another food they want to “eat”! Most littles first few signs are often food related as these are very motivational!

 

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.

Positive Discipline Parent Class in Saskatoon

Learn a fun and interactive approach to help your Lovebug to develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving skills! Positive Discipline believes that “Children DO better when they FEEL better – when they can access their rational brains!”
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Join us for a 6 week Firefly Positive Discipline class starting in September:
http://littlehandsandme.com/firefly-positive-discipline-pa…/

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Positive Discipline Parenting focuses on 5 criteria:
1) Kind AND Firm at the same time
2) Helps children feel a sense of belonging and significance
3) Teaches social and life skills
4) Invites children to discover they are capable and to use their power constructively.
5) Is effective long term

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Friday Fun with Stones For Learning

We received “Stones For Learning” from RS Stones. I am in love with this product as it is from a Canadian Stone Hand Carver in Mission BC.

These rocks are in three shapes: circle, square and triangle. These three shapes are perfect for allowing even older babies/young toddlers to start identifying shapes Our 4 year old loved to play and string them with a pipecleaner. They also vary in colour as these are all natural products. Other learning that happens with these stones are learning: patterns, shapes, sequencing, counting and basic math.

Below is a youtube video of us signing and playing with these amazing “Stones For Learning” from RS Arts.

Here is a link to RS Arts facebook group. Pop on over and see his other creations or order these stones sets.
https://goo.gl/futWVg

stones for learning                   identifying shapes                learning to pattern

 

 

Tuesday’s ASL Baby Sign Tip

Today’s ASL Baby Sign Tip –  Make it fun and look for teachable moments!

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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 the above picture the babies and parents are playing with sensory balls. What type of ASL baby signs can we use?

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!