Teach Baby Sign
There are countless teaching aids available to assist you in your efforts to learn and teach baby sign language. Baby Talk has complied several products that may interest you along with product reviews to help you in deciding which products will benefit you and your baby best, everything from books for you, board books for your baby, games and software, dvd's and videos. Takes some time to read the reviews and artilces and enjoy the site and browse through the many options available to you and your baby. We're sure you can find just the right teaching tools for your family.
So you'd like to... Sign With Your Baby?
A guide by Monica Beyer, Creator of www.signingbaby.com
Fussy baby? Sign language can help!
Every parent knows how frustrating it can be when their baby cries. Is it the "hungry" cry? The "wet" cry? Or the "sleepy" cry? Or maybe it's time to sit down and cry yourself to sleep?
Sign language is another option! If your baby can wave bye-bye, you've taught him a sign, and he can learn more.
The perfect starting place is 'Sign With Your Baby Complete Learning Kit (ASL-based Book, Training Video & Quick Reference Guide combination) (Sign With Your Baby)'. The Complete Learning Kit comes with a book, video, and a laminated quick reference guide. We had great success in our own home using Joseph Garcia's system and still reference the book and video 2 years later.
A new DVD that has really blown me away is 'My Baby Can Talk - First Signs'. It is high quality, absolutely engaging for the little ones, and the signs are clearly presented as well as repeated enough for easy pickup. You'd also be doing well to pick up 'Baby See 'N Sign' and 'Talking Hands', both quality video demonstrations of signs your baby (and you!) will enjoy learning. 'Blue's Clues - All Kinds of Signs' is one of our all-time favorite videos. Popular cartoon characters and sign language are a very good mix according to my kids.
'Signing Time - An American Sign Language (ASL) Video for Children (Vol. 1)', 'Signing Time! Volume 2: Playtime Signs' and 'Signing Time! Volume 3: Everyday Signs' are also extremely popular, and for good reason - they are engaging, catchy and cute. The signs presented are varied and very age-appropriate.
It is easy to supplement your signing activites with board books and luckily there are several to choose from. 'First Signs (Early Sign Language)' is one of our absolute favorites. ASL signs are depicted with wonderful photographs and an illustration on ecah page shows you how to do the sign. 'Signs for Pets and Animals (Early Sign Language)' is from the same publisher (along with several others) and is sure to make the animal lover in your life extremely happy and excited. My daughter loves the monkey sign the best!
For more research into the "hows" and "whys" of signing, check out 'Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy' and 'Baby Signs'. Don't let the magnitude and complexity of sign language discourage you - you need not learn the entire language, just learn along with your baby. It may be useful to have 'Signing for Kids' lying around your house when you need a sign.
Above all, have fun, don't rush your baby, and prepare to reap the rewards of signing with your baby!