Sign, Play & Explore Workshops!!!

This is a brand new program to Saskatoon. Together, through play invitations; parents and their baby and/or toddler explores their world, develop skills, and engage in meaningful (developmental) learning experiences and all while having fun. These skills are taught through American Sign Language signs, activities and games that encourages parent-child interaction. This program will have activities for children ages 2/4 months to 3 years of age! Come join us the first Wednesday of each month to connect, communicate and bond as parents and children.

These workshop are great for parents wanting to learn to sign with their children or those developing their signing vocabulary. Each month we will create invitations to play that will be enhanced though signing! While the themes repeat throughout the year, there will be different learning activities and opportunities to play and explore.

Theme I: Sensory (February, June, November 2014)

Theme II: Language Development (March, July, December 2014)

Theme III: Physical & Brain Development (April, September 2014)

Theme IV: Creative Play (May, October 2014)

Where: Birth Rhythms – 248 3rd Ave South

When: First Wednesday of each Month starting February 2014

Time: 10:30-11:15AM

Cost: $10/family or 5 pass card for $40 (5 workshops for the price of 4)!!!!

Monthly registration is required to ensure enough material and activities are provided each class.

Mommylicious Trade Show is this Sunday!! It will be Spooktacular :)

My Smart Hands Saskatoon will be at Mommylicious this Sunday!!! Come see us for a special for our January classes plus a treat bag for kidlets who are trick or treating!!

Every 30 minutes we will have sign to a Halloween story and songs – come and learn these new signs!!

10:30- Ghost Eats It All- Food Signs
11:00- Ghost Gets Dressed- Clothing Signs
11:30- It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse- Emotions/Feeling Signs
Noon- 5 Little Pumpkins- Colour Signs
12:30- Ghost Eats It All- Food Sign
1:00- Ghost Gets Dressed- Clothing Signs
1:30- It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse- Emotions/Feeling Signs
2:00- 5 Little Pumpkins- Colour Signs
2:30- Ghost Eats It All- Food Sign
3:00- Ghost gets Dressed
3:30- It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse- Emotion/Feeling Signs

Which one are you looking forward to learning?

Facebook Fan of The Week

Surprise!!
I am wanting this group to be more active and learn from each other about our infant & toddler signing adventure. To help promote this, for the month of October I will announce a Fan of the Week only on our facebook group (link below)!

What is a Fan of the Week?
The fan of the week is the most active signing friend- by sharing, liking, commenting on status updates or posting questions/comments/ideas for all to see!

When is the Fan of the Week determined?
Each Wednesday evening I will find out who was the most active on this site. From there you will be known as a Fan of the week. There will be 4 Fans of the Week in October (October 9, 16, 23 and 30)

Why do you want to be Fan of the Week?
Each of the Fan of the Week’s names will be placed into a bag and the winner will be picked by Elijah (On October 31)! The person who is picked will win a Sign & Sing Workshop for up to 5 friends!!! This will be held at My Smart Hands Saskatoon’s home studio. The date will be determined by what works for both our schedules!!

To be part of this fun join our facebook group at:

.facebook.com/MySmartHandsSaskatoonBabySignLanguage

Baby Sign Language on Global News at 6PM

Baby Sign Language on Global News at 6PM

Thank you Wendy of Global News who delivered a great story about baby & toddler sign language. We were greatly impressed and even saw Elijah complete a few signs, parents having fun signing and children playing together! This is what #babysign is all about- bridging the gap to meaningful communication!!

http://globalnews.ca/video/864229/baby-sign-language

Baby & Toddler Sign Language will be on Global News Tonight at 6PM!!

Global News was in attendance of yesterday’s Baby & Toddler Sign Class!!
Be sure to watch for My Smart Hands Saskatoon, Baby & Toddler Sign Language on Global News tonight during their 6PM news. We will be on Focus Saskatchewan with a longer news segment on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30PM!!Image

Bringing Signing Into Your Daily Activities!

My Smart Hands Saskatoon provides tips and ideas in their classes and workshops on how to incorporate signing into your day to day activities. Signing is meant to promote early and effective communication between a child (infant, toddler or preschooler) and their parent and/or caregiver. Baby and toddler sign language is fun, helps with routines and can help your day run more smoothly! Want to know more? We will provide a few ideas on how to bring signing into your day from the moment your little one wakes up to the time they close their eyes for bedtime.

Wake Up With Signing:

A great game to play when you first hear your little one waking up is ‘peak-a-boo’. From the hall way or your bed ask your little one “Where is mom?” Pop in from the hall way or poke your head out of the sheets and say “Here is ‘MOM’!” while signing mom. These small signing games will bring a smile to your little one as they will see you and begin to recognize then sign ‘MOM’ back. Plus, why not start the morning off with a fun game that teaches: words, signing and object permanence!

Signing can be used for your morning wake up routine. You can then decide that it is “Time to ‘CHANGE YOUR DIAPER’ as it is ‘WET”!”. Signing ‘CHANGE DIAPER’ has helped children to stay more still on the change table as they are watching and interacting with you and will try to sign back when ready.

‘BRUSH YOUR TEETH’ ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch, ‘BRUSH YOUR TEETH’. This Raffi song makes brushing teeth so much fun! Together you can ‘BRUSH TEETH’ while signing and bring music into your day.

Signing On The Go:

Stuck in Traffic? Are you hitting every light red? Are you traveling across the city to play group or baby sign class? This is a great time for signing and singing. Our favorite song to sign and sing in the car is the alphabet.  Dream English is a wonderful site that promotes early language development and has simple songs that all children love. Or even bring your exclusive My Smart Hands’ CD to sign and sing about airplanes, old McDonald, twinkle twinkle little star or play it again! What a great bonding experience when you are in a car signing and signing with your child. Make sure your always driving

Are you in the grocery store shopping for the? I love signing with Elijah when we are shopping. Elijah will see and sign to fruit and veggies! We love to combine words to sign such as we see ‘ORANGES’ and will sign ‘ORANGE JUICE’, or asking if he sees the ‘PURPLE GRAPES’. We will often sign what we are looking for such as we are going to look for “BEANS”, oh here is the can of “BEANS”. This provides a visual image, ASL sign and verbal language. Such a wonderful chance for learning and communicating!

 Play Time:

Follow your child’s lead. With which play are they playing? Are they playing with a big and small ball? Watch and start signing! Keep playtime fun with signing. Let your child know that they are playing with a ‘SMALL BLUE BALL’. If they are working with blocks, ask them to stack the ‘PINK BLOCK ON the PURPLE BLOCK’. Let them know that they are driving their ‘ORANGE BIKE FAST’. The signing that you can do during playtime is endless and so much fun!!

Bed Time Routine:

Signing is great to help with transitioning from meal time, to play time and finally bed time. Signing what your routine is every night will help your child to transition from playing to a more calm and relaxed state. We have signed our bedtime routine to Elijah since he was 4.5 months old. We would verbally say and support with signing that we will take a ‘BATH’, ‘BEDTIME SNACK’, ‘CHANGE DIAPER’, ‘MILK’, ‘READ A BOOK’ and ‘SING BEDTIME SONGS’. We have found when Elijah knows what is happening next the transition from one activity to the next is much easier (most nights)! Bring signing and singing into each of these transitions creates a fun and educational bedtime routine. Signing in the bath is so much fun. You can find foam alphabets and numbers, rubber toys and boats to make this time even more enjoyable and promoting learning and exploration. Also, when washing body parts, sign and sing “This is the way we wash your _______”!

We would love to hear from you other ways to bring signing into your day. Join My Smart Hands Saskatoon for a class and learn even more ideas and ways to bring signing into your daily activities. Remember the key is to be able to communicate with your child in meaningful ways!

Happy Signing!

New Baby and Toddler Sign Classes Are Under Way!!

This week has been busy. We had two new baby sign language classes start! We also were working on our basement and putting the final touches on the home signing studio. I love how this room has transformed. Today, parents walked in and down stairs. Their faces lite up when they entered the signing room. The comments were awesome to hear after putting in so much sweat love!

Here are some pictures:

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