“Babies are sponges” We hear it all the time and it is a great reminder to parent intentionally. When we parent, we often forget that it is a two-way relation where both participants grow and learn.
Today, we are setting time aside to share with you five ways in which teaching your baby how to sign is radically transforming the way you relate to your child and setting the stage for a life of effective parent-child engagement.
Baby Sign Language Encourages Eye Contact
Our gaze is one of the most important and primitive means of communication. Where, when and how we look at others determines the tone of the relationship. When we first begin teaching our babies how to sign, we are naturally directed toward visual engagement. We look at our baby and do whatever is needed to have our baby visually engage with our hand movements. Through this exercise our little ones begin to learn how to read emotions and most importantly they learn about proper responses. When you are working on teaching your baby how to sign make certain there is clarity in your expression. If you are signing something sad, make sure your face follows, similarly, if you are teaching your baby signs like happy or play make a joyful face and let your eyes sparkle.
Baby Sign Language Facilitates Physical Touch
Early on when we are teaching our babies how to sign we are able to incorporate a variety of methods. When observation is not sufficient we can reinforce a sign through hand modeling. When we hand-model a sign for our baby we gently guide their hands with ours and help them position their fingers to match the sign we are trying to teach. When we model a sign we are provided with an opportunity to affirm our affection through touch. Make certain your approach is tender and natural. Through gentleness on how we touch our babies we can increase their trust.
Baby Sign Language Provides Needed Early Warnings
Knowing what your baby needs and wants can radically change the way you parent. Early on, meeting basic needs associated to nourishment, temperature and comfort can make a world of difference in the way your baby perceives you. When a preverbal child is able to convey immediate needs he or she will have a sense of fulfillment that can’t be replaced.
Baby Sign Language Expands The Learning Experience
Our job as parents is to help our children to be the best that they can be without compromising their personality, natural curiosity and personal preferences. Through having the ability of communicating ideas early on in their life your baby is empowering you to help him make the best of who they really are. The little things that capture their hearts can be cultivated and maximized giving them a helpful head start. One of my little nephews was quite passionate about signing water and swimming. Five years later, he swims competitively and truly delights in other water sports like sailing.
Baby Sign Language Makes For Smooth Parenting Transitions
Not all of us have the opportunity or vocation to be stay-at-home parents. If we are among the many who relies on others for childcare, baby sign language can empower your little one to overcome the stress of transitions and change. Basic baby signs can help your baby feel more in control while helping you having radical peace of mind. Work side-by-side with your caregiver to make certain your little one is understood and his needs are being met. Signs like thirsty, cold or hurt can help a child quickly address discomfort and can give you a sense of peace while you are at work.
You too can begin signing with your baby with the help of our beautifully designed teaching resources. Fares learned to sign using the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. The ultra kit has 12 different resources that can be used from birth until preschool.
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.