Baby Sign Language Promotes Early Language Development

A little needs to hear a word 200 times before verbally expressing the concept. However, when using Baby Sign Language (ASL signs) a child is comprehending a single word using both their visual and auditory ways of learning! Research, over 28 years worth, shows that ASL signs supports verbal English!

Plus, using Baby Sign Language allows for a child to express themselves much earlier as they can use their signs to communicate. They are feeling less frustrations as they have empowerment over their environment!

Try a class today for a FUN and educational baby sign language experience!

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Emotional Development and Baby Sign Language

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!

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Sign, Play & Explore Workshops!!!

This is a brand new program to Saskatoon. Together, through play invitations; parents and their baby and/or toddler explores their world, develop skills, and engage in meaningful (developmental) learning experiences and all while having fun. These skills are taught through American Sign Language signs, activities and games that encourages parent-child interaction. This program will have activities for children ages 2/4 months to 3 years of age! Come join us the first Wednesday of each month to connect, communicate and bond as parents and children.

These workshop are great for parents wanting to learn to sign with their children or those developing their signing vocabulary. Each month we will create invitations to play that will be enhanced though signing! While the themes repeat throughout the year, there will be different learning activities and opportunities to play and explore.

Theme I: Sensory (February, June, November 2014)

Theme II: Language Development (March, July, December 2014)

Theme III: Physical & Brain Development (April, September 2014)

Theme IV: Creative Play (May, October 2014)

Where: Birth Rhythms – 248 3rd Ave South

When: First Wednesday of each Month starting February 2014

Time: 10:30-11:15AM

Cost: $10/family or 5 pass card for $40 (5 workshops for the price of 4)!!!!

Monthly registration is required to ensure enough material and activities are provided each class.

Baby Sign Language on Global News at 6PM

Baby Sign Language on Global News at 6PM

Thank you Wendy of Global News who delivered a great story about baby & toddler sign language. We were greatly impressed and even saw Elijah complete a few signs, parents having fun signing and children playing together! This is what #babysign is all about- bridging the gap to meaningful communication!!

http://globalnews.ca/video/864229/baby-sign-language

Baby & Toddler Sign Language will be on Global News Tonight at 6PM!!

Global News was in attendance of yesterday’s Baby & Toddler Sign Class!!
Be sure to watch for My Smart Hands Saskatoon, Baby & Toddler Sign Language on Global News tonight during their 6PM news. We will be on Focus Saskatchewan with a longer news segment on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30PM!!Image

Bringing Signing Into Your Daily Activities!

My Smart Hands Saskatoon provides tips and ideas in their classes and workshops on how to incorporate signing into your day to day activities. Signing is meant to promote early and effective communication between a child (infant, toddler or preschooler) and their parent and/or caregiver. Baby and toddler sign language is fun, helps with routines and can help your day run more smoothly! Want to know more? We will provide a few ideas on how to bring signing into your day from the moment your little one wakes up to the time they close their eyes for bedtime.

Wake Up With Signing:

A great game to play when you first hear your little one waking up is ‘peak-a-boo’. From the hall way or your bed ask your little one “Where is mom?” Pop in from the hall way or poke your head out of the sheets and say “Here is ‘MOM’!” while signing mom. These small signing games will bring a smile to your little one as they will see you and begin to recognize then sign ‘MOM’ back. Plus, why not start the morning off with a fun game that teaches: words, signing and object permanence!

Signing can be used for your morning wake up routine. You can then decide that it is “Time to ‘CHANGE YOUR DIAPER’ as it is ‘WET”!”. Signing ‘CHANGE DIAPER’ has helped children to stay more still on the change table as they are watching and interacting with you and will try to sign back when ready.

‘BRUSH YOUR TEETH’ ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch, ‘BRUSH YOUR TEETH’. This Raffi song makes brushing teeth so much fun! Together you can ‘BRUSH TEETH’ while signing and bring music into your day.

Signing On The Go:

Stuck in Traffic? Are you hitting every light red? Are you traveling across the city to play group or baby sign class? This is a great time for signing and singing. Our favorite song to sign and sing in the car is the alphabet.  Dream English is a wonderful site that promotes early language development and has simple songs that all children love. Or even bring your exclusive My Smart Hands’ CD to sign and sing about airplanes, old McDonald, twinkle twinkle little star or play it again! What a great bonding experience when you are in a car signing and signing with your child. Make sure your always driving

Are you in the grocery store shopping for the? I love signing with Elijah when we are shopping. Elijah will see and sign to fruit and veggies! We love to combine words to sign such as we see ‘ORANGES’ and will sign ‘ORANGE JUICE’, or asking if he sees the ‘PURPLE GRAPES’. We will often sign what we are looking for such as we are going to look for “BEANS”, oh here is the can of “BEANS”. This provides a visual image, ASL sign and verbal language. Such a wonderful chance for learning and communicating!

 Play Time:

Follow your child’s lead. With which play are they playing? Are they playing with a big and small ball? Watch and start signing! Keep playtime fun with signing. Let your child know that they are playing with a ‘SMALL BLUE BALL’. If they are working with blocks, ask them to stack the ‘PINK BLOCK ON the PURPLE BLOCK’. Let them know that they are driving their ‘ORANGE BIKE FAST’. The signing that you can do during playtime is endless and so much fun!!

Bed Time Routine:

Signing is great to help with transitioning from meal time, to play time and finally bed time. Signing what your routine is every night will help your child to transition from playing to a more calm and relaxed state. We have signed our bedtime routine to Elijah since he was 4.5 months old. We would verbally say and support with signing that we will take a ‘BATH’, ‘BEDTIME SNACK’, ‘CHANGE DIAPER’, ‘MILK’, ‘READ A BOOK’ and ‘SING BEDTIME SONGS’. We have found when Elijah knows what is happening next the transition from one activity to the next is much easier (most nights)! Bring signing and singing into each of these transitions creates a fun and educational bedtime routine. Signing in the bath is so much fun. You can find foam alphabets and numbers, rubber toys and boats to make this time even more enjoyable and promoting learning and exploration. Also, when washing body parts, sign and sing “This is the way we wash your _______”!

We would love to hear from you other ways to bring signing into your day. Join My Smart Hands Saskatoon for a class and learn even more ideas and ways to bring signing into your daily activities. Remember the key is to be able to communicate with your child in meaningful ways!

Happy Signing!

New Baby and Toddler Sign Classes Are Under Way!!

This week has been busy. We had two new baby sign language classes start! We also were working on our basement and putting the final touches on the home signing studio. I love how this room has transformed. Today, parents walked in and down stairs. Their faces lite up when they entered the signing room. The comments were awesome to hear after putting in so much sweat love!

Here are some pictures:

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