Today is the introduction to Saturday’s Signs! On Saturdays, I am going to introduce you and your children to a variety of different signs. I will mostly focus on baby/children’s words but if you have particular word that you would like me to teach, please just post a comment on that weeks post.
Now to the disclaimer…I am a professional sign language interpreter with a masters degree in interpreting and a bachelors degree in Deaf Education. I have a Deaf husband [who has deaf parents] so our children are considered bilingual. We use both American Sign Language and spoken English in our home equally. Most babies and children will not learn as many signs as my kids know but they are a great example of how sign language can help kids broaden their language base at an early age.
There are tons of books and videos on the market to help you teach your baby signs. The is also extensive research that shows that babies as young as 6 months will begin to use signs to express themselves. Even if you just choose 10 signs to use with your baby, you will be surprise at how it lessens your frustration and theirs when they can communicate their needs. The key to teaching baby to sign is repetition, repetition, repetition.
This week Lu is going to show us how to sign, Mommy, Daddy, Milk and Cup.
Pardon the gold fish:) It took about 30 tries and a few bribes for me to figure what might work. Please let me know what you think! I love the idea of sharing our language with you and your families – I hope you do too.