It's been a while since I've posted. I have been busy promoting my book, "The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book"...which is now being used as a textbook in a number of Hawaii Schools as well as mainland schools. A lot of folks have said that the material is too hard for kids, but we parents know better. Young children are like sponges soaking up everything they can at an early age...Why? because their brains are developing at an astounding rate and everything that is new is exciting. My son is 2 and while he might not be able to identify all 80 species described in the book, He definitely knows the difference between a Manini, a Hawaiian whitespotted toby, and a Moorish Idol. This is because I don't underestimate his learning ability and I expose him to lots of different material (if he wants, I never force). I'm not saying my textbook is appropriate for 2 year olds who can barely hold a crayon, but I'm also not saying its not...there is something for everyone in there including college students..Why & where am I going with this on a SIGN LANGUAGE BLOG? MULTI SENSORY LEARNING IS KEY. when I developed the book I based it on the fact, that it was easier for me to learn to identify the fish when I used a multisensory approach...in this case reading & seeing (VISUAL), saying & hearing (auditory), & coloring (tactile)...so we have used multiple senses here...Multisensory learning can triple the number of connections made in the brain, thereby making learning more efficient & enhancing memory...NOW here's the Sign Language tie-in...SIGNING makes all types of learning multisensory...try it when you are teaching your child the alphabet, or reading...WOW! AND!!!!multisensory learning really helps those with learning disabilities!!!WOW again! You'll be hearing a lot more about this from me in the near future....In the mean time, don't forget to check out my older posts on how to get your baby started with sign language
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.