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!

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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!

 

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.

Invitations to Play for Mom and Baby

This past week’s classes we were discussing the importance of play and exploration. A conversation came up regarding a type of play called invitations to play, or invitations for learning, or play exploration. I thought that this would be a good topic for this week’s blog.

What is an Invitation to Play?

This is an intentional and planned collection of materials that a parent/caregiver prepares and sets up with which a child plays and explores. Invitation to play is an open invitation for a child to use as they desire. This can be a sensory basket, organized colour bins, paint daps, and much more.

How Children Learn?

Children are sensory learners. This means that children learn though: tasting, touching/feeling, seeing, hearing and smelling. Parents can encourage child’s learning by setting up an invitation to play, watch their child explore and then begin to talk and sign with their child.

How can you use American Sign Language signs during play?

There are three main ways to learn: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Using sign language with your child allows for all three types of learning. Your child is learning though their visual (sight) by seeing the sign. Auditory learnings see their parents use the American Sign Language signs while saying the English word. Kinesthetic learners move their hands to communicate before they are able to express themselves through language.

If you provide your child with an egg carton filled with 6 different coloured plastic eggs. You many watch your child explore “opening” and “shutting” the container, they may take the eggs “in” and “out”. A child’s learning is supported by their parents/caregivers. When you see a child begin to explore, act like a broadcaster saying what the child is doing while signing key words. For example “Elijah, you took the yellow egg out of the container and put in the blue egg”. (ASL signs that maybe used are in bold).

Another idea is a winter sensory basket. This can filled with “white” cotton balls, “blue” pom poms, snowflakes, snowmen. As a parent, you can have an idea of how your child will play with these times. You may want to have them practice fine motor skills and provide a shovel and pot or have them feel the different textures of the pom poms, cotton balls and the hard plastic snowflakes. An example of signing and talking: “Those soft balls are blue, the white balls feellike fluff. Can you put the ball in the pail? Oh, you took the ball out!

What to Remember About Invitations to Play?

All types of sensory play, invitations to play and play exploration is well supervised time. There can be many choking hazards in this type of play. This does not mean it is not safe, it means that parents have to be engaging in play with the child to ensure safety.

Examples of Invitations to Play!

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Sorting play. This invitation to play can be used as colour sorting or item sorting based on child’s need to explore and discover.

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Colour and shape recognition invitation to play.

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Sensory bin focused on fine motor skills

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This invitation to play was set up to show the difference between soft and hard toys. As everyone can see, climbing on the basket was much more fun.

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Playing with hand crafted stones- focused on shape sorting fromhttp://www.artinstones.com/

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Pattern play with natural rocks from http://www.artinstones.com/

Please let me know your comments and thoughts on invitations to play and signing.

Fun Mom and Baby Classes in Saskatoon – Drop Bin exploration with Baby Sign Language

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One activity in Level I – mom and baby sign language class- is our drop bins. This activity is explored and played with in our opposites unit. We also review our animal ASL signs. This class is full of baby sign language, exploration, play and most of all FUN!

This cutie is watching her mom sign “pig” before putting the square “in” the bin!

Join us for our winter 2016 mom and baby class in Saskatoon!

Fun Friday

Fun Friday –

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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!