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!
Keep ASL Baby Sign Language fun through play and exploration!
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).
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.
Motivational signs are important when using ASL baby sign language. What does your child enjoy/like? Start using these signs in a fun way!
We are so very excited to announce our Spring 2016 Saskatoon baby classes! There will be a variety of My Smart Hands – Baby Sign Language and Sensory Based learning classes.
Our classes are filled with multi-sensory activities which support whole child development. We learn ASL Baby Sign through: music, movement, sensory based exploration activities, drop bins, sensory bottles, bubbles, puppets and weekly surprises!
We have small class sizes so remember to register soon to avoid disappointment.
Today is Friday FunDay!
As I am writing this blog, the sun is shining on me and I am so warm. Spring and Easter are just around the corner. Here is a fun spring sensory bin that can be easily created in your home.
What ASL signs can be used for play and exploration of this sensory bin?
This bin is filled with shredded paper and plastic eggs (different sizes) allowing for increased brain development and fine motor skill improvement. The paper could be tempting for some children to put in their mouths. However, as ALWAYS, sensory play is well supervised parenting time!
Each Wednesday, we have an ASL sign of the week! What is Mr. E signing?
This sign can be read different ways! The first one is “gentle” and the other is “clean”. Two wonderful signs to start using with your little one!
#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.
I am very excited to meet the new families in the My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language and Sensory Play classes!
The room is all set up and awaiting the new little ones and their parents to join in to play, sign and explore their world!
Little Hands & Me
Little Hands & Me
Little’s learn better when they have fun! Playtime is beneficial on many levels such as exploration and curiosity of the world.
What is your little’s favorite toy?
Here K is playing with a block sensory bin! We used the signs for: “TOUCH/FEEL”, “COLOURS”, “ROUGH”, “Out of your MOUTH”.
I enjoy hearing stories about how signing has positively impacted a family and how they are able to communicate with their young children. The best complements are when I see signing families in the community and they share how using baby sign language impacted their family is a positive way.
However, there some parents express concern that using ASL signs with their children may delay natural speech and language. The short answer is no! I think the confusion is due to the fact there is often confusion between speech and language. Here is a great link explaining the difference:
http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/01/what-is-the-difference-between-speech-and-language/ (this blogger is a Speech and Language Pathologist).
When a child is using baby sign language (ASL signs) they are using language, and bridging the gap to meaningful communication! How wonderful is is that a non-verbal baby or a late talking toddler is able to use a true language to communicate their needs and have a sense of empowerment over their environment?
The Mayo Clinic promotes the use of Baby Sign Language stating, “Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.”
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Our classes are also language rich as teach baby sign language through music, signing, movement, sensory activities. we encourage parents to constantly talk with their children while using baby sign language to support and encourage verbal English.
Please feel free to ask me any questions!