We often talk about the importance of teaching our babies signs to help them discover the world around them and effectively convey needs and wants. Often, these needs are based on principles of survival and we focus heavily in aspects such as receiving enough food, water warmth and comfort. To be a well-rounded human it is essential that we go beyond the basic survival needs and we equip our babies to communicate emotions in a way that is empowering and positive.
As parents and caregivers we need to guide our babies as they explore positive emotions and navigate through negative feelings. How we handle negative feelings early on will determine future character traits such as resilience and tolerance.
Teaching Our Babies To Identify & Communicate Emotions
When we teach our babies to explore their emotions and the emotions of others it is important that we always guide their feelings towards a place of resolution and well-being. The best time to teach signs and concepts associated to emotions is when your baby first faces the emotion or challenge or he is exposed to others experiencing a particular emotion. For example; we could teach our baby the sign for excited when a sibling expresses joy about a birthday party or a special surprise. On the other hand, if our babies are scared or concerned we can take advantage of the opportunity to teach the appropriate signs.
Ask & Give Options
As your baby develops it is a good idea to fine-tune emotions and ask if they are sad or angry. Knowing their exact sentiment will help you guide them through life more effectively.
Teach Both Negative & Positive Emotions
To encourage a balanced approach to the way your little one handles their feelings make sure you teach them positive and negative emotions and the baby signs to support each concept.
Use Well-Defined Facial Expressions
To provide clarity on the way your baby learns a concept exaggerate your facial expressions. This is a technique commonly used by the deaf community to emphasize an emotion or an idea.
Start Early & Do It Often
Consistency matters. Always be on the lookout for a chance to teach new signs to help your baby express their emotions
If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kit. It includes more than 600 signs, covers advanced teaching methods for faster results, and includes fun teaching aids like flash cards.
The Deluxe 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.