Spring Mom, Baby and Tot Classes

We have many spring classes available starting March 13!
Ready? Set? GO!!!!

 

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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Mid-Winter Mom and Baby Classes in Saskatoon

I can’t believe the response we have had this week for our classes! Remember to register soon to avoid disappointment. Also, note that we do require a non-refundable depsoit to secure your family’s space in our exclusive programming.

Here are some pictures of our multi-sensory programming:

 

Here is our Mid-Winter class schedule. Please note that the My Smart Hands classes are great for babies 4-6 months of age, yet families can enroll in the program right from birth. The sensory classes are meant for older babies and young toddlers (ages 10 months to 2.5 years of age). Please contact Tanya for more information or questions.

midwinter schedule

Tuesday’s Tip From Little Hands and Me

Each Tuesday we will have a Tuesday’s Tip related to baby sign language!

Did you know that studies show using ASL and English allows little one’s to process language using both sides of their brains? How neat and easy to promote whole child development!

What are two new signs you will be using with your little this week?

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Mr E and I working on finger spelling for the word “Halloween”. I am using the “W” hand in this picture.

Signing with your little one, from infancy through toddler-hood and into preschool age, is a fun, exciting way to increase language skills, pre-literacy, and whole child interaction.

When can I Start Signing with My Little?

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!

Happy Parenting,

Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor & Parent Educator

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Tiny Tots Sensory Baby Class in Saskatoon

We have just one space remaining in our Tiny Tots Sensory in Saskatoon! This is our last space in our winter 2016 program. Thank you.

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

beach ball fun

class 2

Price: $55 which includes for the 4 week class of 50 minutes, and graduation certificate.

Please note there is no requirements for this class. However, the ASL signs learned will be minimal as the focus is of the tiny tots sensory class.

Baby Sign Language uses American Sign Language signs!

Baby sign language is a tool of communication that you can give to your pre-verbal baby. Babies begin to gesture at a fairly early age; putting their hands in the air to be picked up, pointing at things they want etc. They quickly learn that these movements will elicit a reaction from his/her parents.

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Taking that natural gesturing to the next level, parents have started to teach their children specific signs that they can use to communicate their needs.

Most people use signs taken from a real sign language such as ASL in North America. By using ASL signs with babies you are not teaching them the actual language, you are simply using the exact sign for the exact English word.

 

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Winter Mom and Baby Classes in Saskatoon and Area

We have just a few spaces remaining in the Saskatoon classes which start February/March 2016

Level I – 10-10:50am FULL

Tiny Tots Sensory  – 11:00-11:50am starting Feb 2- 2 spaces remaining

Messy Makers – 11-11:50am starting March 2 – 1 space remaining

Level II – 12-12:50 starting Feb 16 – 2spaces remaining

Level I – 1-1:50pm – FULL

Level I – 2-2:50pm – 4 spaces remaining

Warman/Martensville Classes starting January 6, 2016

Level II – 10:30-11:15

Level I – 11:45-12:30

Please connect with Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor at tanyamw@mysmarthands.com for more information or fill out the registration at:

https://mysmarthandssaskatoon.com/class-registration-form/

Cyber Monday for Mom and Baby in Saskatoon

For today only, when a family registers for a new class they will receive a My Smart Hands flash card set! This will be either the alphabet or everyday words, depending on availability. This is a value of $15!

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To Register:

https://mysmarthandssaskatoon.com/class-registration-form/Level I Class

*cyber monday special is non-transferable, refundable or to be combined with any other promotions.

My Smart Hands™ Level I These classes are 8 weeks in length. You will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. These sessions allow for more review, discussions, songs and practice of signs. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/ caregivers and babies. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. 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. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

Level II Class

These classes are designed for graduates of My Smart Hands™ Level I class or for infants with basic ASL comprehension. In level II you will learn over 120 signs to use with your child. Classes are 6 weeks and 45 minutes in length. We will review signs learned in My Smart Hands™ Level I and continue to build our signing vocabulary. Weekly themes covered in class include: people, food, animals, emotions, opposites, weather and color signs. All of our classes include a full color MSH™curriculum book. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!

Tiny Tots Sensory

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

Messy Makers

This class focuses on learning, creating a mess and exploring an environment! Together, children and their parents will learn through messy play each week. These activities may include and not limited to: painting with condensed milk, cooked spaghetti bins, apple sauce, whipped cream, play dough, moon sand, cloud dough, jello and more! There will also be concepts brought in to focus on whole child development which includes: cognitive, language, social/emotional and physical areas.

Tiny Tots Sensory Mom and Baby Class Saskatoon

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

beach ball fun

class 2

Price: $55 which includes for the 4 week class of 50 minutes, and graduation certificate.

Please note there is no requirements for this class. However, the ASL signs learned will be minimal as the focus is of the tiny tots sensory class.