New Level I Baby Sign Language Class Now Open in Saskatoon

Due to popular demand, we have added a NEW Level I “My Smart Hands” Baby Sign Language class. This class starts Tuesday May 3rd at 2:15pm.

Together, parents and babies, learn baby sign language (American Sign Language Signs) through fun and unique child development activities that include: sensory bins, sensory bottles, scarves, movement and bounce activities, music and movement, bubbles, drop bins and much more. Moms and babies can enjoy these classes right from birth as there is elements to promote parent-child interactions and bonding. We use the “My Smart Hands” program which is Canadian Parent Tested Parent Approved Award winning!

Make ASL Baby Sign Language FUN with Little Hands & Me Parenting Network

Keep ASL Baby Sign Language fun through play and exploration!

scarf play

One sensory based learning activity we use in our classes is scarf play!

This type of sensory play helps to develop multiple areas of whole child development including: brain development (how things move in space, and object permanence), language development (when paired with an activity/song- read below for one we use in our classes), and fine motor skills (letting your little one touch the scarf and try to grasp it in the space).

 

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Song we used in class (Yes, we have two dads in our classes the Winter class term!):

Where Is Baby? 
Where is “baby”? Where is “baby”?

Here s/he is, here s/he is!

I’m so glad to “see you”, I’m so glad to “see you”!

Peek a boo, Peek a boo! (Here is where you can play with the scarf- hide from you little, move the scarf over their head, have them touch the scarf).

 

We are excited to announce that due to popular demand a NEW Level I Baby Sign Language (My Smart Hands) has been just been added! This class starts May 3 at 2:15pm; register today to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday’s Signing Tip!

Here is another great tip for a successful beginning using ASL baby sign language!

Ask your child what they want using baby sign! Then meet their needs. This helps to develop a two way conversation and allows the parent to meet their little one’s needs quicker in the future!

For example: you may know your little wants milk! Try asking, “Are you wanting some milk?” while empathizing the word milk verbally and through signing! Then give your little what they want after you ask for the sign!

mom and baby class playing with scarves to promote brain development

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

Tuesday’s Signing Tip – Week 2 out of 5

This is the second out of five weeks of signing tips!

2. Take your child’s hand and show how it feels to make the sign!

This is a great tip to use to help encourage your child to continue signing. One sign that parents find to use hand over hand signing or manipulation of signs is the sign “more”. When your signing “more”, you can take your little’s hand and show them how it feels to make the sign. Then respond by giving your little what they are wanting. This sign is great for food related aspects!

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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.

When Can I Start Signing with My Baby?

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,

Song/Tapping Activity for Tiny Tots Sensory Class in Saskatoon

What is the Tiny Tots Sensory class?

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! Here is just one sensory activity/song that we will use in class.

Your little will learn through sensory play through various sensory baskets, painting, sensory bins, scarf play, ribbons, balls pits, bubbles, water play, and  shakers and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. Also, included in this multi-sensory program are take home activities: paint bags, salt dough hand-prints and a sensory box.

 

#motivationalmonday Motherhood is a tough job and mom’s you are doing a great job! CONTEST QUESTION day 3: What is one thing that you are doing today with your child?

This can be “reading” a story, “signing” a new “song”, setting up an invitation to “play, or simply a long cuddle.

Remember to register for an upcoming Little Hands and Me Parenting Network and me baby sign language or sensory class. Spaces in Level I and the sensory classes are very limited. Contact Tanya for more information or to register.