With 2017 just around the corner each of us is busy thinking about resolutions and putting together plans to make our lives and the lives of those around us better and more beautiful. For those of us with babies our greatest desire is to give them every chance we can to have a successful and well-adjusted life. As we work to shape little ones whose mind and heart is set in learning and loving here are a few skills that can be enhanced by the use of baby sign language to reinforce concepts and behaviors:
Teach Your Baby About Trust
This is a relational concept that will influence the life and character of your son or daughter for many years to come. To build trust always respond to immediate needs in ways that are consistent and positive. Engage in physical activities such as play that show your little one that they can rely on your responses for safety and continuity.
Our favorite signs to teach baby when we are learning about trust:
Teach Your Baby to be a Listener
Our ability to listen to others and the world around us empowers us to be relational and helps us stay safe and alert. Good listening skills also impact our child’s ability to learn and memorize information. Make it a point to engage your babies in activities conducive to listening to music, sounds and speech.
Our favorite signs to teach our babies to listen:
Teach Your Baby to Embrace Fun
Babies are born with a natural ability to embrace joy. Shortly after birth our babies learn to respond with smiles and before we know they begin to seek activities and relationships that trigger pleasure, joy and fun. It is essential that we invest time with our baby exposing him or her to experiences that trigger joy through having fun
Our favorite signs to help our babies discover fun:
Teach Your Baby About Independence and Autonomy
Independence and autonomy covers almost every life skill. As your baby grows it is essential that every moment is conducive to learning skills that facilitate autonomy. Spend time allowing your baby to explore things like eating on their own, getting dressed or imitating household or work-related chores. Always give your little one praise for their effort even if the results are less than perfect.
Our favorite signs related to autonomy and life skills:
Teach Your Baby About Friendship
We are by our very nature social creatures. Spending time and effort teaching our babies the rules of engagement and emotional responses associated to friendship will set a foundation that will help them throughout their lives.
We love these signs that reinforce friendship:
One of the best ways to get started with our program is through the use of our beautifully designed baby sign language kits. Our kits are rated five stars and contain everything you need from pre-birth until preschool. Many of the signs needed to help your baby develop life skills are included in our flash card set and handy dictionary. Additionally, your baby will be able to sing-along with Rachel from Baby Signing Time as he or she learns to imitate facial expressions that communicate a variety of emotions.
The Standard Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.
Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult. (Regularly $24.95)
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs. (Regularly $9.95)
Baby Sign Language Guide Book
Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:
• Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).
• Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).
• Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).
• Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).
• Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards
52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:
• Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.
• Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.
• Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.
Baby Sign Language Dictionary
The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :
• Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.
• Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.
• Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart
The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:
• Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.
• Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.