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Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor and Baby Wearing Conultatant
We are newly certified babywearing educators in Saskatoon and area. Tanya, Lindsay and Brandie will be offering consultations and classes soon.
You can follow our Facebook page for updates and some great babywearing info. We are so excited to starting sharing the babywearing love.
As the days become closer to Christmas, I am trying to bring fun, play and signing into your daily routine! Here is a wonderful touch/feel book with the ASL sign for donkey for you to use with your little!
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!
Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor & Parent Educator
My Smart Hands™ Level I These classes are 8 weeks in length. You will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. These sessions allow for more review, discussions, songs and practice of signs. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/ caregivers and babies. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.
To register: https://mysmarthandssaskatoon.com/class-registration-form/
Wednesday’s Word – Finished/All-done.
All done is a great word to use when introducing foods. A parent can ask their little, “are you ALL DONE?” when the little is showing cues they are done eating!
Research shows that using ASL signs, rather than made up gestures, strengths neurological brain connection. This means the activities that we use in our classes, increases and promotes intellectual/cognitive development.
An example of an activity is our ‘shake’ bottles. These bottles are often filled with water, and various other items such as sparkles, pom poms, pipe cleaners, and buttons. Together, the parent and their child, shake the bottle and watch the changes. The specific brain development concept that is being learn is called, cause and effect. This activity is completed in our “toy/object” theme.