Thanks for coming to class! Have fun with these between classes activities and videos!
Newcomers: We do lots of signs in class. These beginner sign videos will help you get started. Remember only a couple of signs to start. Have Fun With The Baby's First Signs Video & let me know if oyu have any questions about baby sign or these parent's baby sign tips!
Also See: My Favorite Messy Art for the older tots class, Tin Foil Painting!
Sign is such a wonderful thing to do with your baby!
See this page if you want to read more about the benefits of Baby Sign:
YOUR BABY'S FIRST SIGNS!
"Milk", "More", "All Done"
With parent-teaching techniques for effective communication and signing with your baby.
Introducing Your First Baby Signs:
"Milk", "More", "All Done"
Begin with signs for things your baby relates to like....MILK, or MORE.. These are also easy to work into your daily routine.
Introduce only 2- 3 signs into your routine at first.
Don't overwhelm the baby wth too many signs at first. You want to give the baby a chance to start to get the idea that you are communicating with your hands.
How to use the "MILK" sign: Whenever you go to give a bottle or nurse, do the "milk" sign and repeat it several times as you sign. "Do you want milk, do you want milk, do you want milk.?" Repetitiion is the key.
Use this method with the signs "more" and "all done"
Ask & Sign. Answer your questions your self.
Do You Want Milk? Milk? Milk? Yes yo want Milk, Mil, Milk" as you sign. Repeat it a few times times in a row.
Thinking Like A Baby:
Signing "ALL DONE"
Introduce the "ALL DONE" sign to your baby early. Use it at the end of all your activities and routines with the baby. Help your baby understand and be more comfortable with endings and transitions.
Transitions Are Kinda Scary
Babies tend to not like endings and transitions. They do not really get the concept of "later" or "not now" yet.
Everything is so in the moment for babies. So changes and endings can stress some babies out a bit.
The "ALL DONE" sign can help your baby become more comfortable with endings and transitioning..
How Does Signing "ALL" DONE Help My Baby?
A familiar routine cue "ALL DONE" can help a baby feel more comfortable with transitions.
As if they are thinking "Okay, I recognize this one, It's that ending thing...okay just relax, I can do this...."
That's awesome! How Do I Use It?
Use the words and sign "ALL DONE" at the end of; eating, playing, diaper changes. and any time there's a change or ending.
Flip Side Of The Sign "ALL DONE."
Some babies start to sign ALL DONE when they are full, or have had enough.
Watch your babies hands for any little "flipping" gesture for ALL DONE..
Signing MORE can also mean "I like that!"
Baby Sign Techniques for Parents
1. Repetition, repetition. and .... more repetition.
Repetition is how your child will be able to comprehend and use sign.
2. Ask & Answer Technique:
Model a verbal exchange by speaking the question and answer.
This demonstrating supports your baby's communication skills.
3. Open Ended Questions:
This means asking "Are you hungry?" instead of stating "You are hungry". Pretty simple but powerful.
Of course don't wait to feed a hungry baby. But just posing it as a question, gives your child an opportunity to develop more self identification.
Is allows for the Baby to wonder, "Am I?" "Yes I'm hungry!" Or "Nope., Just gassy"
Yes & No!
Wonderful expressive and useful signs!
Let yourself be animated and play with these signs.
Use rhetorical questions and answer them with spoken and signed "Yes" and "No".
"No" is not always a "bad" word. Often it is a silly word.
As your child learns these signs you may find they are sometimes more effective silently signed than a spoken "No" or "Yes".
Sometimes when trying to get child's attention it is less noise, silent deep eye contact, an animated facial expression with clear signing of Yes or No may get their focus more than a loud voice.
How to Use Signing "Yes" & "No"
Sing Along Sign Song: Yes & No
Next Step & Level:
Messy Art & Music Class!
For Older Tots Ready For The Next Step After Baby Class.
A great pre-curser to Preschool Alternative and Twos' Class.
For children ages 14 months and up.
Many kids stay in Baby Sign & Music up to 3 years old.
Some kids as they develop will want to be engaged with other activities such a sensory play and art. This class is great bridge to older, more preschool style programming. There is still lots of structure and music time , plus we add some Hands On Art & Messy Play
Making lines in the paint is also a literacy activity and it is super fun too!