When Can I Start Signing With My Little One?

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 baby sign language 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!

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Wednesday’s Word!

Wednesday’s ASL baby sign word of the week:
What are these two parents signing?

surprised

This is an activity that is used in the emotions theme in Level I. Emotional vocabulary is so important to help children identify their feelings. Join us for an upcoming baby sign class or sensory class starting in May. Space is limited due to demand of programs!!

Baby Sign Language – Wednesday’s ASL Word

In classes, I encourage families to introduce new signs each week. This is usually based on our new weekly theme. Your little one’s first signs maybe very surprising! For example: Mr E’s second word was “light” followed by “fan”! Miss K’s second word was “puppy” at just 7 months of age.

 

What is Mr. E signing?

share

Keep learning new signs and find fun ways to sign, play & explore with our little one!

 

(Hint: Mr. E is signing “share”)

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.

 

Mid-Winter Mom and Baby Classes in Saskatoon

I can’t believe the response we have had this week for our classes! Remember to register soon to avoid disappointment. Also, note that we do require a non-refundable depsoit to secure your family’s space in our exclusive programming.

Here are some pictures of our multi-sensory programming:

 

Here is our Mid-Winter class schedule. Please note that the My Smart Hands classes are great for babies 4-6 months of age, yet families can enroll in the program right from birth. The sensory classes are meant for older babies and young toddlers (ages 10 months to 2.5 years of age). Please contact Tanya for more information or questions.

midwinter schedule

Keep Baby Sign Language Fun!

Today, we had our second classes for Level I! Each class, was very different with the questions and activities. I love the unique dynamics each family brings.

scarf play
One sensory based learning activity we played with was 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).

 

 

where is baby

 

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

 

Remember Mid-Winter 2016 registration has now started. We have a lot of interest and spaces are filling quickly. Register today to avoid disappointment.