Mom and Baby Sign Language Classes Promote Physical Development

My Smart Hands Saskatoon’s mom and baby classes are unique as parents and their little learns baby sign language through carefully planned activities that also impact whole child development. For the next five blog posts we will focus on activities that you can bring into your day and how using baby sign language can enhance learning and communication.

The whole child activities that we include in our mom and baby classes focus on:

– Physical

– Intellectual/Cognitive

– Social

– Emotional

– Language Development

This blog post will focus on the little’s physical development.

Physical development includes the fine and gross motor skills! Our baby sign language classes have various activities that promote both the development of both fine and gross motor skills. We use ASL signs to help enhance learning, communication and FUN!

Fine Motor – are developed through using ASL signs as the little is learning to move their fingers! We also bring in various play based learning activities which assist with fine motor skills. Here are a couple examples.

  • Sensory Boards
  • Sensory Bins
  • Shakers

fine motor skills

Gross Motor – are developed in our mom and baby classes through parents moving their little around our class room as well as activities such as bouncing activities. Littles benefit from bouncing activities as they learn balance, movement and strengthen their core, neck, and shoulder muscles.

  • Movement – music
  • Scarves
  • Bubbles
  • Balls
  • Bouncing activities

beach ball fun

Baby Sign Language – Halloween Signs with My Smart Hands Saskatoon

I have very much enjoyed sharing these fun videos with you this week! Happy Halloween.

We will be revealing our new mom and baby winter 2016 classes on November 14th at the Saskatoon Parent Expo. We will be also registering for these upcoming classes. Remember our fun and educationally based classes are small in size and fill up quickly!

Wednesday’s Word- Halloween Signs for Mom and Baby

I am having so much fun showing fun Halloween signs for you to learn! Today, we will learn: pumpkin, jack-o-lantern and costume!

Pumpkin is a great ASL sign to learn. You can make a pumpkin patch for your children to play with and explore.  I have attached a poster for an example. Have your child touch and feel the pumpkins while you sign and talk about they are feeling, seeing and doing!

pumpkin play pumpkin bin

Fun Friday

Fun Friday –

signing W

Elijah and I have been busy decorating for Halloween next week. Here we are putting stickies on the front door. What letter am I finger spelling?

Find ways to use baby sign language in your day to day life! This allows signing to become more natural, fun and provides learning and language opportunities for your little!

Learning Baby Sign Language Through Colour Sensory Bin – Mom and Baby Classes Saskatoon

colour sensory bin

In Level II, My Smart Hands, we learn about colours and opposites! To assist learning the ASL colour signs we learn through sensory based learning opportunities.
Here is one of our colour and opposites bins. Together, the moms and babies explore the shapes, feelings and colours of the objects. This educational bin promotes: cognitive development, fine motor skills, and language development.

sensory play

Welcome to My Smart Hands Saskatoon. Together, moms and babies, learn to communicate through ASL signs while using fun and educationally rich child development activities.
Here Miss K is playing with moon sand. This activity helps to strength fine motor skills, and language skills while experiencing sensory based play.