Tips Towards a Successful Beginning when Using Baby Sign ASL

Consistency and Repetition

When signing with your little, consistency is more important than anything else. When moms and dads start using baby sign language it may not feel natural. This is very natural as you are learning along with your little.

If you think about it, a new language is easier to pick up if words are being introduced in context as well as being introduced frequently. This is the same for your little as well!

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Start with 2-5 signs in the first week. Use these signs consistently! A few examples of common first signs are: milk, more, all-done, mom and dad. In the following weeks, bring even more signs into your activities. You never know what your child wants to communicate!

 

*Tip from “The Baby Signing Bible” by Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands.

Puppet Sensory Play in Baby & Mom Baby Sign Language Class in Saskatoo

Little Hands & Me Parenting Network offers the Award Winning Parent Tested Parent Approved “My Smart Hands” curriculum to families in Saskatoon for the past 3 years!

Tanya brings whole child developmental activities into each class to make learning baby sign language (ASL signs) fun, educational and multi-sensory! Here is a “Food Monster” puppet that comes to visit our Level I class in the third week.

 

Christmas Party in Saskatoon!

My Smart Hands Saskatoon and Mommy Connections Saskatoon are hosting a Christmas party on Thursday December 17th from 10am to 12pm in the hall at Holy Family Cathedral (123 Nelson Road)
This event is for children aged 0-5 (but all ages are welcome)
Cost: suggested donation  $5 to $10/family
With the proceeds being used to purchase new toys to donate to the Denny Carr Secret Santa

Activities Include:
– Interactive Signing and Singing with My Smart Hands Saskatoon (10:15-10:30) (11:30-11:45)
– Christmas crafts
– Gingerbread cookie decorating
– Large play area of toys
– Photos with Santa with Kerry’s Photography
– Bouncy House
– Sensory Discovery Area
– Dance in the Prairies Performance (10:45 to 11:15)
– Concession
– More activities to be announced!

I understand that I or my child may be photographed and/or filmed while having fun in the Mommy Connections and My Smart Hands event. The photographs will be the property of Mommy Connections and My Smart Hands and no compensation will be given to my child or me if these photographs are used by Mommy Connections and My Smart Hands. I understand the photographs will be used for promotional or training purposes only.

5 Tips for a Successful Beginning

For the next 5 days, I will be posting tips to promote a successful beginning when signing with your little!

  1.  Consistency and Repetition

When signing with your little, consistency is more important than anything else. When moms and dads start using baby sign language it may not feel natural. This is very natural as you are learning along with your little.

If you think about it, a new language is easier to pick up if words are being introduced in context as well as being introduced frequently. This is the same for your little as well!

cropped-shake11.jpg

Start with 2-5 signs in the first week. Use these signs consistently! A few examples of common first signs are: milk, more, all-done, mom and dad. In the following weeks, bring even more signs into your activities. You never know what your child wants to communicate!

 

Warmly,

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

*Tip from “The Baby Signing Bible” by Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands.

Beyond Basic Signs

Signing basic words as a communication tool is a great start for your baby. Did you know that signing can help your child as they grow? Signing can be very useful to children when they are learning their ABC’s or when they are learning to read. It can be a great tool to use long after they begin talking! – taken from “The Baby Signing Bible by Laura Bert, Founder of My Smart Hands.

Warmly,

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

Tuesday’s Tip – Find Motivational Signs

What is your child motivated/finds interesting? These are often a little’s first signs! A lot of little’s enjoy food, this is a great place to introduce ASL signs such as “more/all-done”, “eat/food” as well as specifics such as “peas”!

 

Join us for an upcoming Mom and Baby Class in Sasktaoon or Warman.