The folks at Baby Signs have been gracious enough to sponsor a contest to give away a free Baby Signs Starter Kit. To enter the contest, please email me with a short paragraph on why you would like to receive the kit....or you may email me with a short story of a sign that your baby has "made up". Please include your name and email address. If I like you story, I would love to post my favorites on the blog (I won't post your name or contact info), but please note whether you give me permission to post the paragraph. Winners will actually be chosen at random. In the mean time, please scroll down and take advantage of the 50% discount that Baby Signs is offering this month (January) on their starter kit. I will be running the contest until Feb. 8. 09 in order to allow my workshop attendees to participate. email entries to Lucidhawaii@mac.com Aloha, Monika
Baby Signing Hawaiian Style is offering introductory BABY SIGN LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS. The workshops will give you the resources to learn how to communicate with your little ones before they develop speech. This introductory workshop will cover the following topics: what is baby sign language, why you should sign with your baby, the benefits of signing with your child, how to get started and resources for continuation. We will also teach you a handful of useful signs so that you can get started right away. There is a $25 fee, bring your baby. Come share the joy of signing with us! The workshops will be held at the Koloa Neighborhood Center, Mon. Feb 2, 2-3:30p or Mon., March 2, 2-3:30p and at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, Mon., Feb. 2, 6:30-8p or Sat., Feb. 7, 10:30-noon. We encourage childcare providers to participate. Individuals, parenting groups, childcare facilities & church groups can also host a workshop. Email me for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
When my son was about 12 months old, he had been signing pretty regularly and then he suddenly stopped for about 3 weeks. At 13 months he began walking and then the signing resumed. Sometimes, when babies are working on new skills such as walking, they may focus all their efforts on learning the new skill. If your baby suddenly stops signing, don't give up. Allow her to work on other skills and milestones, she should resume when she is ready. Also, don't get frustrated and force anything, remember signing is a fun activity!
Sign with your Baby - Baby Sign Language (ASL) Training Video - US DVD (Closed Captioned) is a great tutorial for parents. There is a lot of good information about how to teach your baby to sign. They frequently review the tips throughout the DVD. They also have interviews with Doctors and speech pathologists to really drive home the benefits of signing with your baby. There is also a sign dictionary that is pretty extensive. I recommend watching this DVD, it is worth the time. However, this is not a DVD that your children may be interested in watching with you, it is more geared for adults. I will write more product reviews and include DVDs that I would recommend to watch with your baby.
We've got a great coupon deal for January: Save 50% on the Baby Signs Complete Starter Kit! (Coupon Code: SAVE50)
The Starter Kit is regularly priced at $39.95, but for the month of January, you can buy it for just $19.98. That's an amazing $20 savings on our best-selling Kit that includes a Parent Guide, Parent DVD, Baby DVD, 4 Board Books and a Flip Guide!
I hear this a lot and it is rather common. I remember when my son was first learning to sign, he signed milk for everything. I was recently re-reading Monica Beyer's book, Teach Your Baby to Sign: An Illustrated Guide to Simple Sign Language for Babies, when I ran accross this topic once again. She suggests that this is actually a good thing. Your baby is beginning to realize that he can use gestures for communication. Be consistent and teach him new signs to meet the needs you think he may be asking about. With my son this phase lasted for maybe a week or two. Eventually he used the appropriate signs to get what he wanted.
I am a mom, an artist, an educator and a developer of educational products for children. I recently authored The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book, which is now being used as a textbook in schools across the country. I am now developing a new line of products that will help parents empower their babies with the gift of communication before they have developed speech. My mission is to bring families closer together by building stronger bonds and trust by using sign language. My products will also use the benefits of sign language to enhance other early language development and cognitive skills. I believe in a multisensory approach to learning because it builds more connections in the brain, which makes learning more efficient and enhances memory. Sign language is the tool that enables us to make learning truly multisensory.