It has been a while since my last blog post.
I am Heather and have been a baby signing teacher now for over six years.
I started to learn BSL along with my baby, I had no previous knowledge what's so ever.
I went along to TinyTalk baby signing classes in another city and learnt some very basic signs.
I also did an online basic BBC BSL course as well which really helped me too.
I went onto teach baby signing but I was hungry for more so when my baby who nursed and stayed with me in a sling most of the time was one I went on a BSL level one course.
I found learning BSL very hard. Baby signing was easy we talk as we sign but BSL at first gave me a head ache, my brain was not used of working in this way to understand communication plus I was able to sign but my receptive skills meaning understanding another person's signing needed work.
luckily by week three I didnt get a headache and with the online help of signature is waltzed through level one and passed.
this meant I could then have this as a qualification on my website and make it look better for me and so families would have faith in my BSL although for what we teach we only teach 150 signs but at the time it seemed really important.
I thought got hungry to learn more. so I did it went on to level two the following year and then to level three or rather NVQ BSL Level three which was extremely hard but most rewarding and amazing.
I stopped there but having a baby and helping him to communicate before he could talk also was the beginning of my own journey to learn a whole new language.
I would like to go on to level six but that is in the future.
It is a very exciting journey indeed.
oh I have been busy making signing certificates to talented babies and children .
it is such a lovely time handing out a first sign certificate. The parent is always thrilled and proud and so they should be, they have been signing with there little one at home and now their baby can sign back.
Now babies may start to sign from six months old although their are many that claim their little one has signed earlier. They may not pick up lots of signs until much later but when they do they do.
I have recently handed out 150 signing certificate, a 75 one and a 20 signing one to some special toddlers and I am so very very proud.
The children are also talking and have a good vocabulary but still choose to sign.
when starting to communicate, words are not that clear and with the attempts of speech and sign we can understand better, we are to praise show we understand and repeat the word and sign which will help language development.
Now awaiting more good stories to share. Hoping you are all well.
It Is the Summer holidays but and I am not teaching this year for one reason or the other over the holidays, I have 4 children and want to spend time with them and not worry about things. But A visit to the farm Park with some lovely TinyTalk families is just the tickety boo.
We went around the farm park and the mums were going over the animal signs from the billy goats through to donkeys, cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits etc etc. It was lovely to see the parents demonstrating the signing to their babies and children as seen in the picture below signing pig.
I am hoping they will remember to practice their signing over the holidays also.
The session was rounded of wit a little sing along with farm animal songs etc and lots of signing then a well earned picnic. I will most certainly do this again as I really enjoyed it as did my own children and all the families tht came along. it was a lovely day.
I have been teaching TinyTalk now for 6 years which is 18terms but this particular class there were children graduating that I had taught from being small babies and now they are leaving because they are going to school.
Two of the children have more than likely attended 12 terms of classes and another more than likely 9 terms as going to school a year earlier.
Through my time teaching TinyTalk I come across many families and I love them all but this session if I were to be sentimental I would have cried, I am sentimental but not in public, not with eyes on me, I can be sad and also happy with the children's journey.
Then there is a little girl among these in the photo that is going away for a year as mum is moving away but will be back and she belongs to my mini teacher so we will see more of her in the future. Also hoping will see some of a new baby sister that was born not long ago perhaps in the new year.
What was special though was the thought from the children the big brother too as he had attended TinyTalk in Bath another part of the UK when he was small but also the thought in gifts, it was so touching I felt special.
I really hope I can touch the lives of others how I have touched the lives of these children and families. Its times like this that I realise I need to continue to carry on and do what I love with a passion.
below is a picture of me and my gifts and just look at the picture the girls did for me.
The photos are the girls signing " I Love TinyTalk" How wonderful.
I have been teaching some children baby signing for over 4 Years, first they were at the baby signing sessions and then onto toddler talking and just stayed.
sadly though they are starting school in September and I am thinking what to do re a certificate or something else or a combination.
There are three children in all they have bonded through TinyTalk and become good friends and then there is another little girl who is also going to school but is a wee bit younger.
It has been a plesure seeing them progress.
in toddler talking we do encourage the children to talk but these children don't stop talking it's Heather this and Heather that oh how I will miss them interrupting me to tell me about what ever it is they think is important to tell me mid way through a song tee hee.
I know the last session will be special and if you have any ideas for me I would be so very grateful.
Hello I am Heather and I teach baby signing, what I do I love and there are many places that I simply can not teach in and so I can go and give a session to show parents starter signs so they can at least use a small handful of signs with their child.
Today I went to Varneys Fun Factory in South Wigston, Leicester I was welcomed which makes a huge difference to me it makes me happy and relaxed.
At first my friend and I sat and chatted as I am actually very shy, people will not believe this as I am a TinyTalk teacher and will sing the nursery rhymes and action songs to a room of people, but deep down I am shy and getting better at socialising well I have to as I am also a Netmums meet up chairmum too.
So I am chatting to my friend with a lovely Latte and then when it was time I did my session. Unfortunatly I did not take a photo of me leading the session today, its getting te permission and thinking about it at the time also but it was lovely, the fun factory run a play group every Monday and so there were young children there and they all joined in my session, so I am teaching those all important starter signs such as 'milk' 'drink' 'more' 'all gone' etc and an older brother he must be about 3 years old was signing to his baby brother joining in the songs playing peek aboo with the scarf it was beautiful to see really truly warmed my heart.
So these people went off learning some signs they can now practice and use, I really hope they do, the feed back was fantastic I was really happy.
Tomorrow I will go to Fun Valley Play which I look forward to as I love the slide.
So Tomrrow I will be there doing the same trying to get the information of baby signing across in a fun and relaxed way.
Helping children to communicate is a great passion of mine.
I have been collecting empty wet wipe packets now for a couple of years and my shed is heaving with them.
A past collegue of mine Heather Othick from Ellies Fund brain tumour research lost her beautiful daughter to brain cancer. Ellie was an inspiration she raised so much money for cancer in her later years it was amazing, now her mummy a past TinyTalk baby signing teacher is putting her heart and soul into the cause.
After putting this poster on my facebook page my friend Georgie Budding took the story to heart and created a event for as many people to collect these wet wipe packets as possible and as a result thousands of pounds have been raised.
This Wednesday I will be meeting Georgie with my bags and bags of wet wipe packets collected from the TinyTalk mums of Leicester over the past year and finally get them shipped of to support the cause. Each empty packet is worth 2p to ellies fund and all the packets are recycled helping the envirenment.
There are many teachers thoughout the UK that collect these wet wipe packets and together we really make a difference and it is all down to a very brave young girl and her mummy and not forgetting a women with a big heart and so it continues, Heather has melted many hearts and so many people are dedicated to the cause, it is beautiful.
Hello Every body, it is a very exciting time for TinyTalk Leicester at the moment and TinyTalk as a whole, I Heather now have a friend and collegue working with me in the Leicester area called Abbie pictured above with her daughter Millie.
This is what Abbie had to say :-
Hi my name is Abbie and I have been signing with my daughter, Millie, since she was 6 months old. 4 weeks and 1 day after we went to our first TinyTalk class she signed "milk" for the first time. I was amazed that my 7 month old daughter could communicate what she wanted from me. Now, I have lost count of how many signs my daughter has, she signs regularly even though she's now talking too. When I had her I decided there was no way I could go back to work and leave her everyday, so gave up my job to be her mummy. It wasn't until months later, when Heather was looking for a mini teacher that I jumped at the opportunity. I now have the chance to work with my daughter, helping others to have the wonderful relationship we have thanks to baby signing.
How cool is she? oh I am really excited but for Abbie to be a part of my team has not come easy pesy no she had to impress our founder Katie Mayne as well as learn the lesson plans the signs and also do her mock session under a video camra to be sent of and looked at by a top teacher.
Luckily Abbie did enough to impress and I am so happy as I really have been wanting anther teacher to help me in the Leicester area for a very long time.
Welcome Abbie my new friend and also my collegue.
More news though is today I am going to Coalville to watch and record another collegue do her mock TinyTalk Toddlers clip. this is for our mobile babies now walking and starting to talk. I will not be able to show you any of the recordings of this but I do plan to write a summery of the fun I am sure to have today.
Lots of Love
A few weeks ago was my birthday and I treated the families to carrot cake.
I made this the day before and although that week was on the topic of what we where on a cold day we also need comfort food don't we on a cold day.
we also have our questions such as who what where etc so after our fun Signing session and sensory activity which I am so looking to delivering tomorrow and on Friday my actual birthday, I am also looking forward to the cake as tomorrow another Mum will wear the birthday hat and then on Friday it is my turn.
oh I do love teaching TinyTalk and making new friends and eating cake as my friend will make one too.
The Cake went down really well and I also managed to ice it for the second class later in the week. Yum Yum indeed.
Next is the Easter week session ooooo some great stories to come.
Heather here from TinyTalk in Leicester UK, I have to say this term has been magical with teaching the new sessions I am really enjoying it.
We have added sensory things to help the babies develop as well as our main point which is communication.
We have had bubbles, scarves, shapes it has been so much of fun.
Here is a little one in Maria Hollerways class playing with a sensory shape.
These new sessions have helped in so many ways as we still focus on the signing as well as developing touch needed for signing, mouth movement needed for talking, listening etc etc.
I hope to gather some further photos from the other teachers throughout the UK soon but next time might treat you to another clip of some of our teachers and what they get up to at the regional development days.
I hope you are all very well indeed.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.