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!
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.
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When your little starts signing they will not always make a sign exactly perfectly. However, watch for actions your child is making with their hands! These are called sign approximations and these are your child communicating with you using ASL signs. When your little signs their approximation remember to keep signing the correct sign rather than copy theirs. In their mind, they are doing the same sign action as you are!
Here is an example of Miss K’s approximation for “All-Done” (watch her left hand), while trying to copy by verbal for the word.
#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 want to celebrate families all week! Each day, on Facebook, I will be posting a picture or quote and asking for your thoughts. Each comment will be entered to WIN a $30 Little Hands and Me Parenting Network gift certificate for an upcoming baby sign or sensory class!
What does the finger spelling say? Would you be my ____? and like this comment. Tag a friend or an additional contest entry!
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!
Each Friday we will be blogging fun activities! I am very excited for this weekly activity. This week, Miss K is playing with a Valentine’s Day sensory bin. This promotes much learning including: colour recognition, fine motor skills, brain development and of course language development. As parents, we can use the signs “in/out”, “up/down”, “colours”, and “touch”. Let’s see your sensory bins below!
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.