Hello Heather is back again and I thought I would chat a little bit about having fun with using signs with our children and babies , but not only can children have fun we as adults can too. Just look at the picture here we were all having fun signing peacock.
You can play games with using signs, you can help with learning colurs, numbers etc with using signs it is endless and also even reading etc which I am going to cover in the futur.
Now though its fun and if you remember we are to also follow our baby's lead such as look into the world with their eyes, see things as they see them. So for instance if your baby likes ducks a good thing would be to have walks to the pond where there are ducks, demonstrate the sign, say duck and also that ducks say quack quack. Then at home in the bath have a duck toy and do the same and then you can sing songs such as three little ducks went swimming one day, for visual recognition it would be great to have mummy duck and three smaller ducks but not every body has all of those. then you could do other things that include the duck to reinforce such as sing old mc donald had a farm. The main thing is be happy and have fun. Then you can ask 'what do duck say: and you can do some quacking noises
Here is my son signing duck at the Watermead park in Leicester it is a lovely place and as he is older we can extend the signing to absolutely everything from birds and grass and trees to so many things and still keep the conversation going listening to what he wants to tell me and have a lovely day.
So animal noises is one thing but what does your little one enjoy? is it dancing? swimming etc or making things, you can incorporate signing into your every day life and instead of trying to hard relax and enjoy it. Repetition is the key also, and talk as you sign to the children, if they want to go on and learn more signing in the future then that is fantastic but do not expect them to be signing all the time as they start to talk as they will stop using the signing but we can keep it fun by a little of encouragement as they grow as the benefits for there brain and thinking as well as the initial step of communicating before they can talk is fantastic.
There is a child in my baby signing class that is shy to use the signs he knows in the session, yet at home he will sign with his Deaf Mummy and Daddy all of the time.
Then there are the children that never learn to sign as a baby and then when going to school they need that little bit of help with communicating, this is when it is great if a toddler remembers those signing times and put them back into practice helping the child and teachers as well.
Keeping signing fun is fantastic, most children will drop their signs as they start to talk but we can still continue to use this way of communicating by making it fun when out and about, adding signs to the nursery rhymes and action songs, using signs when learning to read and then later to finger spell it all helps the brain work and all fun makes us happy.
Colours is another one using signs to learn colours is great so go on have fun with your little one and if you have another baby yourself and your child will be able to continue to teach the baby signs so that he or she can communicate such as the sign for 'milk' etc before speech comes, then with the attempts of speech the signing is crucial to help us understand what our baby is trying to say and then with the skill of signing it would be a shame to forget the benefits are endless.
Hope you liked this and do ask any thing you would like.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.