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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Today is Friday FunDay!
As I am writing this blog, the sun is shining on me and I am so warm. Spring and Easter are just around the corner. Here is a fun spring sensory bin that can be easily created in your home.
What ASL signs can be used for play and exploration of this sensory bin?
This bin is filled with shredded paper and plastic eggs (different sizes) allowing for increased brain development and fine motor skill improvement. The paper could be tempting for some children to put in their mouths. However, as ALWAYS, sensory play is well supervised parenting time!
Each Friday we will be blogging fun activities! I am very excited for this weekly activity. This week, Miss K is playing with a Valentine’s Day sensory bin. This promotes much learning including: colour recognition, fine motor skills, brain development and of course language development. As parents, we can use the signs “in/out”, “up/down”, “colours”, and “touch”. Let’s see your sensory bins below!
Just a reminder to mark your calendars! Tomorrow is the day Mid-Winter Registration begins and space is limited!
Follow this link to find to register for your class type and time:
I will send an email within 24 hours with more information such as how to pay for the deposit to confirm your family’s space and the location.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope you are having a great week. Here is a little fun movement for you and your little one! Hold your little one and move them up and down along with the words in this video. This helps promote their gross motors skills.
This song is from the fabulous Dream English team. They music is awesome.
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!
Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor and Baby Wearing Conultatant
I enjoy hearing stories about how signing has positively impacted a family and how they are able to communicate with their young children. The best complements are when I see signing families in the community and they share how using baby sign language impacted their family is a positive way.
However, there some parents express concern that using ASL signs with their children may delay natural speech and language. The short answer is no! I think the confusion is due to the fact there is often confusion between speech and language. Here is a great link explaining the difference:
http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/01/what-is-the-difference-between-speech-and-language/ (this blogger is a Speech and Language Pathologist).
When a child is using baby sign language (ASL signs) they are using language, and bridging the gap to meaningful communication! How wonderful is is that a non-verbal baby or a late talking toddler is able to use a true language to communicate their needs and have a sense of empowerment over their environment?
The Mayo Clinic promotes the use of Baby Sign Language stating, “Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.”
To read full article:
Our classes are also language rich as teach baby sign language through music, signing, movement, sensory activities. we encourage parents to constantly talk with their children while using baby sign language to support and encourage verbal English.
Please feel free to ask me any questions!
My Smart Hands Saskatoon was announced as a Top Academic Enrichment Program in Saskatoon!
Motivational signs are what is important to your child. As parents, we never know what a child is wanting to say!
Therefore, in my level classes I encourage parents to start with 2-5 signs in the first week. These are usually related to everyday use such as: “more/all-done”, “milk”, “eat/food”, “change diaper” and “mom/dad”. Then the following weeks incorporate more 2-5 ASL signs based on our theme.
Other times parents will start incorporating what their child finds to be interesting! Some children love food, or animals. In fact, E’s second sign was “light” and third sign was “fan”. You just may be amazed at what their first signs may be!
What signs will you be using this week?
Self regulation or emotional development is learned throughout a person’s life. Babies and toddlers experience these huge emotions in small bodies. They need parents/caregivers to help them identify and regulate their emotions.
Children begin to learn self-regulation through various sensory activities which can include: movement, bouncing activities, song and music.
At My Smart Hands Saskatoon, we provide various activities each week which promote emotional development growth! During our classes, Tanya carefully watches the littles to see if there is over stimulation in the classroom. Once, children are needing a break from an activity or need to regulate their emotions a carefully planned activity will take place. Some weeks this maybe bubbles or others a different type of sensory shaking toys!
Shakers are a wonderful activity. Parents can build these toys out of a plastic bottle and add various activities. This topic will be a blog post in the near future. However, shakers help a child to release their energy, help promote fine motor skills and regulate emotions through the shaking action!