Want Your Baby Signing Quicker? – Consider Group Learning

Let’s face it; communication at the very core is a social activity. Because of this we are likely to obtain quicker results if we look for ways to make teaching and learning all forms of communication inclusive of baby sign language in a highly social context.

Mom & I

In the first stages of learning when our baby is highly dependent on us social interactions are mostly limited to mom and baby or dad and baby. During this time we can laser focus our teaching to basics that will aid in making babies feel more comfortable and secure. The choice of words and signs that we teach during the first months of our baby’s journey are usually related to needs such as food, warmth, sleep and physiological needs like potty. During this stage engagement is essential. Let’s not rely on visual media like videos. We need to talk to our babies and gift them with direct eye contact.

Time to Expand Our World

As early as six months of age our babies will realize that there are others and quickly thereafter they will want to engage with the world that surrounds them. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in play groups and allow your little one to learn communication skills both through signing and speaking in a setting where engaging with others at the same stage of life will be meaningful and fun.

Finding Other Social Avenues For Early Childhood Learning

As soon as your baby’s motor skills begin to improve and he or she is eager to mimic motion and sound find musically-oriented classes. Teach them about rhythm and seek out signs that are relevant to noises such as learning the association between the sounds of animals and the corresponding sign.

This is the perfect time for engaging in play dynamics using our flashcards or participating in activities like visiting our local zoo or petting farm.

As you embark in the journey of teaching your baby communication skills remember that baby sign language is a tool to get us to the next stage which is verbal communication. Don’t feel obligated to expand their vocabulary once they are verbal and only do so if the child shows interest or if you want to work on their fine motor skills.

We have numerous free resources and wonderfully curated baby sign language kits containing materials from our own collection as well as other treasures from the best professionals in the field such as Baby Signing Times. Go check out our store

Four Ways To Keep Baby Busy And Avoid Cabin Fever Tantrums

Baby Activities For Cold and Snowy Days

Harsh weather and snow has arrived to many places and with it the challenges of keeping your sanity and keeping your baby engaged, happy and busy when you are trapped indoors.

Just like adults, little ones also need stimulation and sunshine to remain healthy and strong. In some areas of the country outdoorsy activities are no longer an option once the snow hits or days become too short, too windy or too cold. If this is what you are experiencing and cabin fever has you at the end of your mama rope we want to let you know that there is hope. Being indoors does not mean that the fun needs to stop. Grab your baby sign language flash cards, and join us as we take advantage of the versatility of this wonderful teaching resource.

Learn Holiday Baby Signs

Christmas is around the corner and this is a great time to familiarize your baby with signs that are only relevant during the season. Print our most used holiday signs and practice with your baby through the use of signs while learning holiday songs

Play a Match The Card, Sign & Object Scavenger Hunt

Pick 10 cards of objects familiar to your toddler and have him locate the objects around the house. When your baby locates the object repeat the word and guide them through hand modeling as you introduce them to the signs.

Create Card Groupings And Focus on a Theme

We love to introduce our babies to categorizing by sorting the cards by group. We have a stack with animals, one with food items and another one with locations such as kitchen and bathroom. We select a grouping and guide our babies through play dynamics such as guess the sign.

Learn Signs for Extended Family Members

Winter is the time when we visit and get to know our extended family. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your baby to signs like aunt, uncle, cousin, nephew etc. Consider posting pictures of different family members and practice the sign combined with the first initial of each family member. This is a fantastic way to learn the alphabet and become familiar with abstract concepts that teach your baby to identify how they relate to others within their family circle.

If you want to go to the next level and keep your child busy while learning and staying stimulated, consider purchasing the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit which contains numerous resources inclusive of DVDs from the Baby Signing Times Collection a classic you don’t want to miss

Give Your Baby Gifts That Last a Lifetime

Yesterday as I scrolled down my Facebook feed I noticed that many new moms were asking about gift ideas for their baby’s first Christmas. The plethora of options was overwhelming. There are endless toys and gadgets that make the decision-making process overwhelming and on occasion painful.

These conversations led me to email a good friend whose area of expertise is child development. I asked her what types of gifts mattered the most during the early formative years. I was surprised and delighted by her responses. These suggestions make a great deal of sense. Take a moment to review them as you get ready to begin your holiday shopping lists:

Give The Gift of Good Nutrition

The way we relate to food starts early on. Invest in gadgetry and experiences aimed at teaching your baby about food variety and the importance of choices. From beautiful bento boxes to tools aimed at portioning what you do for your kids as far as their relationship to food will set the stage for a successful and healthy life

Give The Gift of Attention

Don’t go looking for gifts that isolate your baby. Instead, search for toys that allow you to engage and communicate making the toy not a means keeping your kid busy but instead a resource to facilitate conversations, didactic progress and person-to-person interactions

Give The Gift of Generosity

Even early on it is essential to teach our babies to give and engage. During the holidays provide your toddlers with two of the same to allow them the opportunity to gift others and experience the joy of sharing and learning to receive gratitude in return

Give The Gift of Learning

Be intentional when selecting toys. Find materials that not only entertain but also serve as learning aids. Introduce your baby to numbers, letters, words, objects and categories. Flash cards, model toys and books are timeless ways to empower your little one in their path to learning.

At www.babysignlanguage.com we have dedicated the last decade to delivering useful and durable learning materials that have made a world of difference in the lives of thousands of families around the world. We carefully curate our kits to ensure there is something for everyone. Visit our store to learn more or take advantage of all the free printable goodies available on this website.

A Fun Thanksgiving Rhyme To Sing & Sign

Thanksgiving signs

 

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His daily corn he would not miss.
And when he talks, it sounds like this:
Gobble Gobble Gobble

Flash cards to print:

Turkey

Big

Corn

Talk

Ready to learn hundreds of signs with your baby?

Our baby sign language kits contain all of the signs to help your baby overcome nocturnal fears and anxieties. Volume III of the Baby Signing Time collection available in our Premium and Ultra Kits comes with songs appropriate for bedtime routines.

 

baby sign language kit

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)

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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).

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Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!

 

Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness Using Baby Sign Language

Regardless of your parenting style we can all agree that manners do matter and are often the key to successful social interactions. We all want to raise pleasant well integrated kiddos whose heart is always in the right place. With this in mind we are all looking for ways to effectively teach abstracts like gratitude, empathy and cordiality.

Thankfulness Is Not a Basic Need

When we teach baby sign language we do it with the main goal of equipping our babies to convey basic needs. It is all about empowerment and making the pre-verbal stage more bearable. The first baby signs that you teach your baby should always be associated to primary needs. Go for the basics and work on those signs until your baby masters them. Once you have a basic foundation you can move to the next stage of learning and begin incorporating abstracts.

Manners Are Best Taught Through Imitation & Repetition

Teaching our babies about thankfulness is all about us. From birth we can instill a culture of gratitude by consistently thanking our baby for appropriate behaviors and thanking others when our baby is watching. Thank your older child for fetching a bottle or a diaper using a sign combined with words and always making sure your voice is full of positivism. Consistent gratitude is contagious. Pass it on!

Use The Signs for Please & Thank You During Meals

Mealtime is a fantastic setting to learn thankfulness. Let your toddler help out and thank him for his helpfulness. Sign please when appropriate and use your thank you sign every time an opportunity arises.

Introduce Thankfulness During Story Time

There are many wonderful books suitable for the first years that tackle manners through storytelling. Babies love to participate in interactive reading. Invite your baby to sign please and thank you when appropriate as your read a story or a poem about gratitude.

manners collection

Teach Your Baby Thankful Tunes

Pick a well known thank you song or invent your own. Singing is a great way to trigger recall and it helps in forming habits that embrace gratitude. We have a thank you song we sing to grandparents and one we use during our evening prayers.

Teaching your baby manners is a habit he will cherish for life. Get started today. To download your free Thank You baby sign language flash card click here.

Christmas Time Baby Sign Language

We love everything about the holidays and we hope you do too. With a little less than three weeks to go before Christmas we wanted to share with you a few baby sign language Christmas themed signs. We hope to have a great time teaching your toddler seasonally relevant signs. If you have not yet purchased the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit, a fantastic value for under $120. Consider it as a great option for the holidays. We have also added several different kits featuring the beloved Babblarna collection and others with the most adorable baby toys you have ever seen. You can check them out in our store. Every parent that has used our resources is amazed at how each of our teaching tools can have an impact for the first 5 years of your kid’s life.

Best Christmas Gifts for Toddlers Baby Sign Language Kit

We hope your holiday season is full of snuggles, hugs and lots of opportunities to introduce your baby to new and wonderful things. These flashcards are not available in our directory and you can only find them on this post. Please share these awesome Christmas baby sign language with your friends.

Bell

Bell Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Bell Printable Flash Card

Why not incorporate this sign in song by teaching baby to sing Jingle Bells.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Christmas Tree Printable Flash Card

In our house we decorate the tree with child-safe ornaments in the bottom half and heirlooms on the top. Why not spend a little time making ornaments with your toddler and capturing this very special season in life.

Cookie

Cookie Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Cookie Printable Flash Card

Will you be baking for Santa? There are many recipes simple enough to let your toddler help. Consider no-bake cookies or rice crispy treats as an option for hands-on participation of everyone in your family.

Elf

Elf Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Elf Printable Flash Card

We can’t wait for our little ones to be old enough for us to do Elf on the Shelf. If you plan to do it we would love it if you share your pics with us on our Baby Sign Language Facebook page.

Jesus

Jesus Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Jesus Printable Flash Card

Many churches incorporate sign language to praise and worship. By teaching baby sign language you give your little one a head start.

Gift

Gift Christmas Baby Sign Language

Gift Printable Flash Card

Perhaps the most magical part of Christmas for our little ones. Why not make colorful gift wrap by allowing them to walk on kraft paper while stepping on green and red tempera paint.

Ornament

Ornament Christmas Baby Sign LanguageOrnament Printable Flash Card

Want to encourage signing during the holidays? Why not print all of the holiday cards and do decoupage ornaments using your flash cards. This is a great way to be reminded to sign.

Santa Claus

santa-claus Christmas Baby Sign Language

Santa Claus Printable Flash Card

We totally love the magic that surrounds everything Santa. If you are planning on a visit to The Mall for pictures begin introducing baby early to photos and videos to avoid   a situation where baby is intimidated by Santa

Snowflake

snowflake Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowflake Printable Flash Card

If your toddler has the opportunity to see snow for the first time don’t miss out on this sign. When your little one is about to turn three he or she will be mature and attentive enough to see the shape in a snowflake.

Snowman

snowman Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowman Printable Flash Card

If there is no snow where you live consider a craft using marshmallows to show your toddler how to make miniature snowman.

Stocking

stocking Christmas Baby Sign Language

Stocking Printable Flash Card

We love this tradition and we hope you do too. We also have a great deal of fun with advent calendars. We customize ours with different objects available in our baby sign language dictionary and we learn to sign a sign per day. Our signs include star, donkey, sheep, baby, mom & dad.

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Really Fun Toddler Activities & Signs to Kick Off The Fall Season

Fall is a lovely season. It is a time of change and discovery lending all of us opportunities for learning and engaging with our little ones outdoors and indoors. If you are fortunate enough to have a toddler who is transitioning from non-verbal to verbal communication join us as we explore a few games, activities and signs that capture the very heart of the season.

Dressing Up For Fall

 

Fall Dress

Say goodbye to swimming trunks, sunglasses & shorts and get ready to teach your baby new and wonderful signs that will empower her to seek comfort and warmth as needed. When you are ready to show your toddler new clothing suitable for the season make sure you prioritize comfort and fit. I remember our little one using the sign for hurt the first time she tried on a pair of hand-me-down boots.

Activity

If your toddler is ready this is a great time to work on motor skills teaching him tasks such as zipper up and zipper down, button up and button down as well as put on and take off with clothing items such as jackets, scarfs and hats. This is also the perfect season to learn to wipe our boots or shoes before going inside. Learning this skill early will set the stage for a neat and successful winter.

Signs

Among others, here are a few signs we can learn as we explore warmer clothing for the season.

Sweater

To sign sweater hands move down from chest to waist at the same time as if in putting on a sweater.

Coat

To make the baby sign for coat take both hands and make them into fists with thumbs up. Move the two fists up and down in front of the chest.

Scarf

To sign scarf  your hands will make the motion that mimics tying a scarf around your neck with a single knot.

Gloves

To sign gloves brush your fingers on your dominant hand, over your non-dominant hand. Then do the reverse, running the fingers of your non-dominant hand over the fingers of your dominant hand. The sign resembles someone putting on a pair of gloves.

Boots

To sign boots you start by doing the sign for shoes, taking two closed fists and bumping them together. Then you open your strong hand and touch it on the inside of your weak arm’s elbow – as if to show that the boots come up high on your arm.

Discovering the Great Outdoors

Fall Dress

This is perhaps the most beautiful part of the season. Observing change, learning about nature and discovering celebrations that will be the foundation of cherished memories.

Activity

Our favorite toddler-friendly activity is also the simplest and most accessible to all of us. Walk outdoors and collect the gifts of nature. You can use leaves and seeds to create simple crafts and take the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign and say words relevant to the season. We love to make little collages using glue, paper and bits of nature.

Signs

Leaf

The leaf sign looks a lot like a leaf hanging from a branch, waving in a gentle breeze. Your weak hand acts like the branch. You point the index finger on your weak hand and make your other fingers into a fist.

Seed

To sign seed use your dominant hand with all fingers pointed downward. Grab an imaginary seed and open and close your hand as in dropping seeds.

Rain

To sign rain, open up both hands, and starting with your hands above your head and bring them down. Your fingers are like the raindrops drifting down.

Stick

To sign stick both hands meet together at the center making two circles with thumb and index as if in holding a stick. Pull your hands out and away from your body.

Park

The sign for park is achieved by combining the sign for grass with the sign for area or space.

Celebrating The Holidays

Fall Dress

This season lends us two magical opportunities for family and fun. Thanksgiving and Halloween are among the most memorable childhood holidays. Embrace the season and get busy teaching your little one family traditions and games that will stay in their hearts forever.

Activity

There are so many seasonal activities related to the holidays we would not know where to start. We love making homemade candy and cookies and allowing our toddlers to do simple sprinkle-based decorations. We also set time aside to make turkey or pilgrim and native hats.

Signs

Turkey

The sign for Turkey looks like outlining the wattles on a turkey. Taking the index finger and thumb pointing down, move your hand from your chin down to your chest.

Pumpkin

To sign pumpkin  your non-dominant hand goes  into a fist and flicking it with your forefinger on your dominant hand. The sign is like you are testing the surface of pumpkin to make sure it is good.

Candy

To sign candy take your index finger and touching it to the back of your jaw. Twist the finger back-and-forth.

Halloween

To sign halloween cover your face with both hands palms slightly curved and uncover your face right away as in playing peek-a-boo.

Ghost

To sign ghost have both hands meet with index and thumb, move the upper or dominant hand upwards while waving slightly as if a genie was coming out of a bottle. Your non-dominant hand remains still.

 

If you are new to signing we encourage you to explore all the wonderful products we have compiled aimed at helping your baby communicate from birth to his preschool years. Our favorite is the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This awesome kit contains twelve resources aimed at engaging in learning using all your senses. The kit contains Baby Signing Time DVDs, audio recordings with popular songs, flash cards, chart and teaching guides. An absolute value for less than $120

Our Favorite Baby Board Books for Halloween & Some Baby Signs

We can’t wait for Halloween. For many many friends this will be the first Halloween their baby or toddler will have the opportunity to dress up and participate in Trick-0-treating and many other fun family activities. If you are going to stop by the bookstore or library consider these fun baby books. We have many baby sign language flashcards you can combine as you read-along together. Before we get started let’s print a few Halloween-themed baby signs you might want to start learning:

Halloween

Candy

Bat

Pumpkin

Costume

Ghost

Monster

Chocolate

Afraid

Biscuit Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Books for Babies

 

Favorite Baby Signs

Dog

Cat

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin

Where Is Baby's Pumpkin

 

Favorite signs:

Leaf

Pumpkin

Baby

Apple

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Favorite signs

Duck

Tree

Water

 

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have enjoyed them with our little ones. If you are interested in signing as you read consider getting the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This fantastic signing kit includes 4 Signing Time DVDs as well as four beautiful signing board books. Time to Eat, Good Night Alex and Leah, What Do You See Outside & Will You Be My Friend.

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

 

Beyond Communication – How Teaching Your Baby How To Sign Sets The Stage For Learning

Is it a gimmick? Are you wasting your time? We would not be surprised if you are asking yourself these questions as it relates to teaching your little how to sign or any other pre-verbal life skill. When it comes to the first 12 months of their lives there is plenty to do in terms of care-giving exposure and learning and trying to parse what needs to be prioritized can be tricky.

What Your Baby Will Learn From Signing 

  • Your baby will learn that communication, verbal or gestural equips us to have our needs met.

  • Your baby will learn to engage in visual focus.

  • Your baby will learn to engage with others.

  • Your baby will improve his motor skills.

  • Your baby will learn to better express needs and emotions

  • Your baby will learn paths of engagement

All of the skills learned through the process of learning how to use baby sign language will transfer to every aspect of learning. As your toddler enters daycare he will be equipped to convey immediate needs without frustration and will seek out engagement with ease.

 

 

Which Baby Sign Language Kit is Right For You?

Purchasing educational materials for your baby is definitively an investment. Investing in education and knowledge will yield durable fruit by establishing the foundation needed for a well-rounded life. The books and educational toys you purchase for your little one should come from a separate budget. A blanket or teddy that provides comfort is not at all comparable to the resources that will help your little one communicate their needs and wants. With this in mind I wanted to take a moment to guide you through deciding which Baby Sign Language Kit is best for your little one.

I Am a Busy Parent & Work Outside The Home

If you have limited time to sit with your baby and practice signs contextually or through play you may want to consider our Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. The Ultra is the largest kit we offer and includes DVDs as well as CDs, Board Books, Chart, Baby Sign Language Dictionary as Well as Wall Chart. The wall chart is particularly useful to provide an easy access guide to caregivers that might not be familiar with baby sign language. The multimedia which contains age-appropriate narratives and songs will be perfect for those moments that you are trying to multitask.

I Want a Set That Allows Me To Play With My Little One

If you are looking for an interactive resource to teach your little one baby sign language while introducing them to basic phonetics you might want to take a look at the Babblarna Baby Sign Language Kit. This limited edition kit contains beautiful story books written by a Swedish author whose area of expertise is early childhood communication. In addition to beautiful books you will get a set of finger puppets to help you interact with your babies plus all the basic products available with every one of our kits.

I Want The Bang for My Buck

The most popular kit is The Premium Baby Sign Language Kit. This kit contains all the core elements of our signing kits plus all 4 DVDs and 4 CDs so you and your child can sing along at home or on the road. Many parents tell us this is the kit they have used from birth until their little one is about to enter kindergarten

 

Our shop is curated to offer you the best baby sign language teaching and learning materials you can find. Go take a look and find the kit that best works for you. If you are looking to make a bulk purchase for your daycare, give us a call; we will help you out.

 

The Pick-Three Method – This is The Best Way to Simplify Learning & Play During The Formative Years

I am easily overwhelmed by clutter. Unfortunately I am also very easily  tempted by the idea of having new things. When I became a mom my life was turned upside down and things were often chaotic. To alleviate

some of my stress I reached out to a friend whose area of expertise is learning through play. Her words of wisdom have made a big difference in the way I engage with my little one and the progress we have made as

it relates to learning.

Her words were simple: “At any given time only make three toys or interactive learning tools to your baby” She calls this the Pick Three Method. Her method is not simply about selecting three toys. The idea behind her method

is intentionality in what we select.

Pick a Toy For Outdoors

Your baby needs outdoor time. This is important in more ways than one. Outdoor time will improve their biome activate their vitamin D and expose them to environmental concepts not available inside the house. Early one the

outdoor choices can be as simple as a splash pool. As your toddler develops you can add an element of learning by using kits that expose them to the basics of science such as planting seeds, looking for bugs or spotting birds. Consider

also toys that help improve motor skills such as a bike, trike or scooter.

Pick a Toy For Autonomous Play & Comfort

The reality of parenting is that you are not always available. Pick a toy that will keep your little one busy while you are trying to tackle other matters such as potty breaks for yourself or cooking a simple meal. When selecting toys for autonomous interaction take into account safety as well as the level of soothing comfort it delivers to your little one. This is the right place for a lovey or even media via a phone or tablet.

Pick a Toy For Learning

All play is about learning and development in one way or another; with that in mind we also need to acknowledge that some toys are far more useful for the task. For learning we love books, flash cards, interactive objects that facilitate groupings such as farm animals or blocks. We use our baby sign language flash cards to learn songs to introduce our babies to color and shapes and to facilitate learning of concepts such as up, down more, less, big and small.

Having reduced our toy availability to three at the time has given us a great deal of joy while helping remove some of the burden caused by clutter. Give it a try. Perhaps today is the day to Mary Kondo your child’s life.