Baby Sign Language – Wednesday’s ASL Word

In classes, I encourage families to introduce new signs each week. This is usually based on our new weekly theme. Your little one’s first signs maybe very surprising! For example: Mr E’s second word was “light” followed by “fan”! Miss K’s second word was “puppy” at just 7 months of age.

 

What is Mr. E signing?

share

Keep learning new signs and find fun ways to sign, play & explore with our little one!

 

(Hint: Mr. E is signing “share”)

Puppet Sensory Play in Baby & Mom Baby Sign Language Class in Saskatoo

Little Hands & Me Parenting Network offers the Award Winning Parent Tested Parent Approved “My Smart Hands” curriculum to families in Saskatoon for the past 3 years!

Tanya brings whole child developmental activities into each class to make learning baby sign language (ASL signs) fun, educational and multi-sensory! Here is a “Food Monster” puppet that comes to visit our Level I class in the third week.

 

Wednesday’s Word

Each Wednesday, we have an ASL sign of the week! What is Mr. E signing?

gentle

This sign can be read different ways! The first one is “gentle” and the other is “clean”. Two wonderful signs to start using with your little one!

Tuesday Tip – Watch for Approximations

When your little starts signing they will not always make a sign exactly perfectly. However, watch for actions your child is making with their hands! These are called sign approximations and these are your child communicating with you using ASL signs. When your little signs their approximation remember to keep signing the correct sign rather than copy theirs. In their mind, they are doing the same sign action as you are!

Here is an example of Miss K’s approximation for “All-Done” (watch her left hand), while trying to copy by verbal for the word.

Learn the ASL Alphabet!

In each of our My Smart Hands Level Classes we learn the ASL alphabet. We learn this as many of the signs stem from a letter hand shape. For example, the signs for “Water” uses the “W” hand shape. The sign for “Uncle” uses the “U” hand shape. One last example is “PLAY” uses two “Y” hands.

Many families comment that remembering signs is easier for them after they learn this great tool! Here is a video from Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands, and her daughter. They will show you some memory tips to help with this learning.

Wednesday’s Word- Giraffe

 

Wednesday’s Word this week is “GIRAFFE”. How many of you have Sophie the GIRAFFE or a similar toy in the box in the living room or bedroom.

Take the GIRAFFE toy and hold it up to your child to see if it become interesting to them. Then when your little is watching the toy, move it UP and DOWN. Sign GIRAFFE often as you use the English word as well!

 

 

Little Hand and Me?!

Here is a video explaining why I switched our name to Little Hands and Me Parenting Network. Watch the whole video for an awesome bonus just for you and your family!

 

 

Please let me know if there are any questions!

 

Warmly,

Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor and Baby Wearing Conultatant