Mid-Winter Classes

Our Mid-Winter  class registration begins on Friday. There has been a lot of interest in our upcoming classes.

We offer unique baby sign language (My Smart Hands Saskatoon) & sensory play classes that focus on ASL signs through whole child development and sensory play activities! These classes are fun for babies ages birth to 2.5 years of age as they incorporate exclusive multi-sensory play & exploration classes.

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These classes are small in size, register early to avoid disappointment

 

Calm After the Stork

Each year, I take professional development training to keep increasing my knowledge related to working with families. This also provides new and current information for the Little Hands & Me Parenting Network.

Today, Kaila and I attended the “Calm After the Stork” training with Jillian and Paige. These two ladies are trained in Somatic Experiencing and provide much knowledge to their classes! I highly recommend these for expecting and new parents as well as professional working with families in the perinatal period.

 

Fun Friday focusing on Gross Movement

Friday Fun!
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.

 

When Can I start Signing with my Child?

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,

My Smart Hands program 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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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!

 

 

Simply Wearing is Saskatoon’s Baby Wearing Consultants

We are newly certified babywearing educators in Saskatoon and area. Tanya, Lindsay and Brandie will be offering consultations and classes soon.

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You can follow our Facebook page for updates and some great babywearing info. We are so excited to starting sharing the babywearing love.

Little Hands & Me Parenting Network

We are now Little Hands & Me Parenting Network
What does this mean?
 
Little Hands & Me is now operating to offer more services to families in Saskatoon and area.
We have changed our name to allow for whole-rounded services for your family.
 
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We now offer:
My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language- Level I and II
Sensory Based Learning and Play Classes- Tiny Tots & Messy Makers
Baby Wearing Consultants – Drop-In, In-home and Groups
Monthly E-Blast filled with information related to parenting **To receive please sign up: http://eepurl.com/Xc3-P
 
 
Monthly Invitation to Play Activity (on our blog, e-blast, Facebook and Instagram)
Monthly Book Recommendation (on our blog, Facebook page, website and Instagram)
Sending Information via E-Blasts as exciting news happens
and more to come in 2016!
 
You read that right: We are expanding service due to continued support. We are very thankful for each one of your families!

Tuesday’s 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 “more”. She purposefully moves her right arm in an up and downwards movement.

 

 

 

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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