It seems this year is moving at incredible speeds. I feel like it was just yesterday we spent time talking about the way we would tackle learning baby sign language in 2017. Easter will be here before we know it, and we are going to start working on the skills needed to sign the most relevant baby signs.
In addition to the signs of the season, at our home we have started a really fun game. We purchased model farm animals and filled extra large plastic Easter eggs with our three-dimensional figures. We are hiding the eggs around the house and practicing our search skills. When our babies find the egg we open it and practice the appropriate sign. We are having a fantastic time learning new signs and practicing old ones.
We are also practicing our grouping skills by having our toddlers pair the model animals with the correct flash card from our baby sign language flash card set. Basically we place farm animal flash cards on the floor and the corresponding model animals in a bag. Baby gets to locate the right card each time he pulls a model toy from the bag. Each time we do it right, we celebrate by signing the proper sign and doing a happy dance. As we get closer to Easter and we get better at signing each animal we are seriously considering using mini gummy fruit bunnies as a reward.
The sign for bunny is super simple and extra fun. You can watch the video tutorial to learn how to sign bunny here.
To teach our toddlers to sign basket let them use a small basket to play games in which your baby is encouraged to pick up items of the same color or shape. By playing this game not only do we have an opportunity to familiarize our baby with baskets, we can also help them learn to form groupings. You can watch the video tutorial for basket by clicking here.
While we are learning to sign basket why not hide a few objects in order to help our babies understand the concept in a highly contextual setting. You can watch the video tutorial for the sign find here.
When we teach the sign for grass, we give our baby the opportunity to touch the grass. We also contrast it by walking on the sidewalk and then stepping on the grass. You can find the video tutorial for the sign for grass here.
In our home we do pre-Easter hunts. The idea is to help our babies become familiar with the ritual. For our in-home hunts we place small candy inside plastic eggs. You can watch the video tutorial for candy by clicking here.
If you are ready to let your little one discover the joys of chocolate begin by letting them taste and contrast the flavor of chocolate against other flavors. We do it by making chocolate milk, strawberry milk and banana milk. You can watch the video tutorial for chocolate by clicking here.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign egg. Make sure you clarify and show your little one graphics of the egg shell as well as a cooked egg (sunny side up) to help him or her better grasp the concept. You can watch the video tutorial for egg by clicking here
We adore this sign. In our home we use the sign for family in the context of a song. We all get to call out our names and then we sign family in unison. You can watch the video tutorial for family here.
You are going to see this sign incorporated to many of the song and sign dynamics taking place at various christian denomination churches. You can watch the video tutorial for Jesus by clicking here.
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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)
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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).
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• 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).
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52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:
• Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.
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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.