Spring 2016 Classes are NOW Full- Thank you

Thank you for the support! I am so excited to announce our Spring 2016 classes are full!

ASL thank you

I will be announcing Fall 2016 classes in early Summer. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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!

Wednesday’s Word (ASL Signs)

It’s Wednesday which means we get to play “What is Mr. E Signing?”

Baby sign ASL for Stop Saskatoon

That’s correct! Mr E is signing “STOP”. This is such a great sign to use with your children as they grow and explore. We will ask Miss K to “STOP” when she starts touching plants, or wanting to put something in her mouth that doesn’t belong there. This  sign can also replace where one may use the word/sign “NO”.

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!

7 Fun Activities to Do in Saskatoon During Easter (March Break)!

7 Fun Activities to Do in Saskatoon during the Easter (March Break)!

1. Join the Saskatoon Public Library for fun and free event http://goo.gl/uyugcX
2. Vanscoy Multiple 4-H Club Petting Zoo at Lawson Heights Mall http://www.mallatlawsonheights.com/events
3. Nature Walk along our beautiful river bank
4. Create an egg sensory bin
5. Put on your PJ’s and have a dance party!
6. Blow bubbles and sign/sing with your little ones
7. Visit the Easter Bunny at Market Mall or Lawson Heights Mall

Join Us Tomorrow at the Saskatoon Family Expo!

We will be at the Saskatoon Family Expo tomorrow from 10am-5pm!

There is a lot of activity happening at our booth! We are having a draw for a set of Everyday flash cards for signing up for our e-blasts. These are filled with ideas related to child development, play and exploration!

Family program, YXE, Saskatoon mom and baby program

Family program, YXE, Saskatoon mom and baby sign language & sensory learning 

We also have our felt board play sets (spring themes include: umbrellas, bunnies, ducks, and a flower garden) as well as our award winning PTPA flash cards!

flash card award winning sasaktoon bunnie felt board play duck felt board play garden felt play umbrella felt play

ALSO, for each family who registers for a Spring 2016 class receives their choice of an: everyday or ABC’s flash card set. This is a VALUE of $15!!