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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

 

Great Baby Rhymes & Signs to Learn & Teach Today

Baby Rhymes

Rhymes are our first step to literacy. Through repetition your baby will learn how language works while improving his memorization skills. Learning rhymes helps your little one by giving him the capability to intuitively recognize syntax. Knowledge learned through memorization and repetition of well-known rhymes will also allow your baby to transfer principles of language formation to all verbal and social interactions. Additionally, rhymes equip little ones with a strong grasp of phonetics. We believe that combining rhymes with baby signs can further your baby’s understanding of symbolism and abstract concepts.

When teaching our babies rhymes and the signs associated to each rhyme, we want to carefully select the signs we will use. The goal is not to teach the child a full translation of the rhyme into sign language. Instead, we are looking to emphasize memorable concepts such as objects or actions that are easy to understand and are highly relevant to the day-to-day activities of your baby’s routine.

Join us as we learn three popular rhymes. Below each rhyme you will find links to signs you can integrate to your learning and teaching routine:

Colors Over You

Red and yellow, green and blue, these are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun, and blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue, these are the colors over you

Print your flash cards:

Red, yellow, green, blue, flower, tree, sun, sea.

 

Tiny Tim

There was a little turtle,
His name was tiny tim.
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap,
And now he is in the bathtub,
With a bubble in his throat.
Bubble, bubble,bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, pop!

Print your flash cards:

Turtle, tiny, bath, swim, drink, water, eat, soap, bubble.

Little Poll Parrot

Little Poll Parrot
Sat in his garret
Eating toast and tea.
A little brown mouse
Jumped into the house
And stole it all away.

Print your flash cards:

Parrot, toast, mouse, jump.

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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

 

Babies Need Stimulation. Learn How Baby Signs Help With Eye Contact, Motricity & Emotional Bonding

Teaching Your Baby

At about six to eight weeks your baby will begin to have noticeable eye contact as well as emotional response to interactions with caregivers and those around him or her. Our response to their initial attempts to interact is essential to proper development and can give a baby a significant advantage over their peers. When it comes to teaching our babies proper response and helping them develop key skills baby sign language is one of the most effective and all-encompassing tools available to parents and caregivers.

Too Overwhelmed for Intentionality

Life gets busy and we are pulled in all directions. It is not uncommon to find ourselves caring for our babies almost by inertia. Creating opportunities for interactions where baby receives our full attention is radically important. With this in mind a baby sign language routine will help you engage in a way that is highly interactive and places your full attention on your little one.  Take a break from feeling overwhelmed and delight in watching your baby learn.

Engage Their Little Eyes

Your baby will learn about the world that surrounds them through visual engagement. Baby Sign Language allows you to expose your little one to symbolic associations that can later translate in improved reading skills. Spend time showing your baby flash cards, model objects and signs. Through it, he or she will become more adept to learning complex ideas identifying categories and developing a better response to visual feedback.

Lead Your Baby Through Touch

Babies who are not held and nuzzled and hugged enough will literally stop growing and-if the situation lasts long enough, even if they are receiving proper nutrition. Touching matters more than anything. Through modeling signs you have the outstanding opportunity to touch your little ones and guide them through the process of learning.

Shower Your Baby With Love

Baby sign language equips your preverbal child to convey essential needs helping you to respond with more expediency. Through it your baby begins to know that he can rely on you increasing the emotional bond and giving him a sense of security.

 

Trying the Controversial Cry it Out Method? Learn How Baby Sign Language Can Help You Take a Gentler Approach

baby-sleeping

In his 1985 book Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems (revised and expanded in 2006), pediatrician Richard Ferber introduced a method of getting children to sleep that has become known as “Ferberizing” or Cry out method. To put it briefly the method consists in allowing the baby to cry briefly before providing comfort.

The cry it out method is usually implemented when baby is ready to sleep all night long. This normally happens between month 5 and 7.

The steps of the cry it out method is usually as follows:

Step 1
Take the baby to his or her crib while he is sleepy but not quite sleep. Make sure baby is comfortable through the use of blankets for warmth when needed

Step 2
Give your baby words of comfort and familiarity such as good night in the evening or a lullaby when getting your baby ready for a nap

Step 3
If your baby cries come into the room while the lights are still off and comfort him or her through touch. Do not pick up baby. Leave the room again

Step 4
Stay out of the room for a little bit longer than the first time and follow the same routine, staying out of the room for gradually longer intervals, each time returning for only a minute or two to pat and reassure him, and leaving while he’s still awake.

Step 5
Follow this routine until your child falls asleep when you’re out of the room.

Step 6
If your baby wakes up during the night follow the steps above allowing for longer intervals

Step 7
Increase the time between intervals each night. According to doctor Ferber a child will learn to sleep within four to five days

How long should I leave my child alone?
In his book, Ferber suggests these intervals:

  • First night: Leave for three minutes the first time, five minutes the second time, and 10 minutes for the third and all subsequent waiting periods.
  • Second night: Leave for five minutes, then 10 minutes, then 12 minutes.
  • Make the intervals longer on each subsequent night.

 

Now that we have told you about the cry out method and how it works let’s talk about ways to empower your baby to fully communicate their needs. Yes, we all want the baby to go to sleep but before we rush him we need to know what exactly is keeping our baby awake.  While babies are by no means verbal, their understanding of the world around them is far more developed than we can ever imagine. Babies cry for many reasons and this is particularly true when it comes to bedtime. Here are a few of the reasons why a baby might cry during their nighttime sleep or nap along with the signs that can help your little one convey their needs:

  • When your baby cries in bed he or she could be crying as a result of separation anxiety. You are important and meaningful and your presence matters. Signs like afraid, mom or dad can be extremely helpful in allowing your little one to convey their need for companionship
  • Your baby might be crying because he went to bed hungry. Signs like milk or water can help your baby quickly communicate the trigger to discomfort when he is heading to bed.
  • Your baby might have a wet diaper. Signs like diaper can help alert you of the need for a diaper change.
  • Your baby might be cold or warm. Signs like cold, hot and blanket will equip your little one to convey an immediate need.
  • Your baby might be feeling sick. Signs such as hurt will expedite your ability to provide your baby with the help he or she needs.

 

There are many fans of the cry it out method. There are also many detractors. If you do decide that it is something you want to try consider teaching baby a few signs before you move forward. You can be certain that empowering your baby to communicate their needs will result in a happier and better adjusted little one.

Ready to introduce baby sign language as part as their bedtime routine?

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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

 

Language & Speech Development In Babies & Toddlers- Infographic

Speech Development in Toddlers

Do you have a new baby and you want to get started on the right foot?

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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

 

Using Baby Sign Language to Help Your Baby Overcome Nocturnal Fears

 

Baby'sleeping

Nocturnal separation anxiety is real. Throughout human history having companionship, particularly the companionship of an adult has been associated with safety. After all, our ancestors were mostly nocturnal hunters often leaving children alone and exposed to predators. Nocturnal fears are not exclusive to children sleeping alone. Many parents that co-sleep report babies and toddlers waking up in tears after a nightmare.  The types of fears experienced by babies and toddlers vary widely, but the main themes are pretty much consistent across cultures:

  • Fear of separation
  • Fear of darkness
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Fear of sounds
  • Fear of intruders
  • Fear of monsters or imaginary creatures

Knowing how to cope with these fears is essential and will set the stage for a healthy and happy life by facilitating restful sleep. Let’s explore how you can incorporate baby signing to your bedtime and nocturnal crisis management routines:

Transforming Bedtime into a Positive Affair

Creating a positive bedtime routine is essential to avoiding nocturnal fears. Babies and toddlers thrive in settings and rituals that are familiar. Begin from birth choose words and signs that communicate what is about to happen and be consistent in providing visual and verbal queues. Do this even when you co-sleep, this way you will have some ritual that you can transfer once your baby is ready for their own room or their own bed. Even if your baby does not fully understand the sign and word associated to the sign, he or she will have a sense of continuity and familiarity if you stick to the same habits every single night. In our home we included the sign for sleep as the first clue that bedtime was near. We tucked baby in bed, read a small book and said a short prayer always incorporating a couple of familiar signs. Before leaving the room we made sure to sign good night and I love you.

Equipping Your Toddler to Communicate Their Fears & Needs

There is a certain universality to the types of fears babies and toddlers are likely to experience. Try teaching your little ones signs that are relevant to experiences that may trigger fear or a sense of discomfort as well as the potential solution. When we made our own list of signs to help alleviate nocturnal issues we included the following: Light, cold, scary, blanket, hungry, hug.

Using Quiet Conveyance to Calm Your Child

If you have more than one baby quiet conveyance may be essential to a restful night for all. Teach your little ones to use baby sign language first to explain their concern. If you have a baby monitor and you have been consistent in teaching signs don’t be surprised if your baby signs specific things just before he or she wakes up from a nightmare. Make it a point to intentionally observe their sleeping behaviors to better address nocturnal concerns.

Associating Calming Songs to Signs

There is something inherently calming about music. To help your child in developing a sense of security teach him songs or rhymes that include comforting words or sounds. If taught correctly you may find that your child comforts him or herself by singing their favorite songs and signing along.

Teaching Your Child to Interpret Signs of Security, Protection & Affection

One of the most essential needs of humans is the need for acceptance and protection. Be consistent in signing basic signs that convey love and security. We always find it delightful when our child relaxes in response to the sign for love or the sign for pick up. We also allowed our little one to associate the sign for blanket with access to their comfort blanket.

 

Here are some facts to keep in mind:

  • Are children more afraid when they sleep alone? It would be surprising if co-sleeping with parents didn’t reduce a child’s separation anxiety — a panic response arising from a primitive part of brain that also processes information about physical pain (Panskepp 2000).
  • We should be mindful of the fact that almost always humans  tend to overreact to emotional stimuli at the end of the day. Experiments suggest that the amygdala — a brain region that processes emotional events — becomes overactive when you are tired (Yoo et al 2007; Maski and Kothar 2013). Negative emotions may come naturally to us at night.

 

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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

 

The Day Baby Sign Language Saved The Day. A Mama Story to Make Your Heart Smile

 

Baby's KeysEvery baby learns differently as far as timing, learning style and preferences. Some of us start with basics like the sign for milk, more, mommy and daddy. But for some the list of starter signs is customized based on the child’s personal preferences and interests. I have met wee ones whose only passion is to learn every possible sign for all the animals in the zoo.  I have also encountered food-driven toddlers whose fascination with crackers and cheese is something to behold; their persistence in getting their way through signing is certainly worthy of admiration.

Not long ago I received a call from a sweet friend of mine whose gift is gentle and intentional motherhood. Marla has a way about her that makes people both curious and envious. Her babies are always the cleanest, most fashionable and best behaved children in the room.   When Marla’s youngest was born I rushed to give her a Premium Baby Sign Language Kit. I knew in my heart she was going to make good use of it. She is after a super mom of sorts. Marla’s call, like everything she does was all about her wee ones. Marla had a story to tell me; and boy was the story good! So good, I asked Marla to write it down in her own words.

Hi There!

Up until Charlie was born I used the printable resources on your website to teach my kiddos how to sign. We mostly used signs related to food and sleep. When you gave us the signing kit for Charlie’s baby sprinkle we became hooked on The Baby Signing Time DVDs. My toddler and preschooler asked for us to watch the DVDs time after time. I started signing with Charlie from the moment he was born. His sister and brother would further reinforce the signs making it extra easy for Charlie to learn ( I guess that is one of the perks of being the youngest!). Charlie signed milk  and more just a few days after his half birthday. By the time Charlie had his 1st birthday he had great curiosity for things like fans, lights, cars and keys.  Keys in particular made him ultra happy. He liked real keys and absolutely loved his colorful teething ring. And keys are the reason I had to share this story with you. 

Last week Maddie fell while playing outside. She was bleeding profusely and needed stitches. Going to urgent care with three under five in two is not a laughing matter, and having one in tears multiplies the stress level felt by all. As I tried to get everyone together so we could head to urgent care I realized my keys were missing. Unfortunately, I only have one set. I searched high and low for my keys and felt utterly hopeless. As I walked around looking in drawers and shelves I must have muttered the word keys. I know I did because Charlie began signing “keys”, walked toward the sectional stuck his little hand between the cushions and triumphantly handed me the keys!!

I know my story is simple and silly and speaks to the fact that this mama does not have her act together. I also know that seeing Charlie sign as he literally saved the day totally made my heart smile. I hope it makes your heart smile too. 

 

Marl

 

Ready to begin your own baby sign language journey? Can’t wait to hear your stories. You can send your baby sign language stories to [email protected]

 

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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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 kit

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!

Awesome Signs To Learn When We Are Getting Ready For a First Birthday

Baby's First Birthday

There are no words to describe how much I love first birthdays. The deep sense of discovery, the sense of transformation and the simplicity and beauty of the celebration just makes my heart smile. Most moms share this sentiment particularly as it relates to our first baby. Planning smash cakes, learning to blow candles singing the “Happy Birthday” song and practicing how to open a present will fill the days and weeks preceding  the big occasion. If you are ready to incorporate baby sign language to the pre-birthday preparations go ahead and print these cards. I know you will enjoy them as much as we do. Click on each sign to access the free printable file.

Birthday

Cake

Candle

Gift

Happy

Party

Balloon 

Friend

Hat

More

Thank You

 

Happy 1st Birthday! 

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