We have many spring classes available starting March 13!
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My Smart Hands Baby Sign Classes (did you know that this is a Canadian Awarded Program and Little Hands & Me Parenting Network was rated top of 5 Baby Sign Blogs world wide?!)
Tuesday March 13
10am -Level I
11am – Level II (1 spaces)
1pm – Level I (FULL)
Thursday March 15
1pm – Level II (1 space)
Salsa Babies Saskatoon
Thursday March 15
10am- Salsa Babies (Limtied Spaces)
11am – Salsa Tots
Positive Disciline Parenting: Understanding Your Child
Tuesday April 3 at 6:30pm
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Each Wednesday, Little Hands & Me Parenting Network provide a Baby Sign ASL word!
What is Mr E signing?
Answer is: STOP!!
Consistency and Repetition
When signing with your little, consistency is more important than anything else. When moms and dads start using baby sign language it may not feel natural. This is very natural as you are learning along with your little.
If you think about it, a new language is easier to pick up if words are being introduced in context as well as being introduced frequently. This is the same for your little as well!
Start with 2-5 signs in the first week. Use these signs consistently! A few examples of common first signs are: milk, more, all-done, mom and dad. In the following weeks, bring even more signs into your activities. You never know what your child wants to communicate!
*Tip from “The Baby Signing Bible” by Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands.
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!
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.
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Each Wednesday, we have an ASL sign of the week! What is Mr. E signing?
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!
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.
#motivationalmonday Motherhood is a tough job and mom’s you are doing a great job! CONTEST QUESTION day 3: What is one thing that you are doing today with your child?
This can be “reading” a story, “signing” a new “song”, setting up an invitation to “play, or simply a long cuddle.
Remember to register for an upcoming Little Hands and Me Parenting Network and me baby sign language or sensory class. Spaces in Level I and the sensory classes are very limited. Contact Tanya for more information or to register.