An ‘amazing feeling’…

baby signing; signing 'bed'
      baby signing; signing ‘bed’

…parent feedback for Online BabySign

‘I had such an amazing day yesterday, I signed up to your free package online and learnt some signing to do to with ‘R’.

Yesterday he signed that he needed a nappy change and I realised his nappy had leaked and his shorts were wet so that was definitely what he was telling me – and then he later did the cuddle and bed sign just before I started getting him ready for his bedtime nap!

It was such an amazing feeling that I’d taught him and he could communicate with me!

Becky, mummy to ‘R’, 15 months.

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Little Signing Sack; Five Little Ducks

Little signing sack

Interactive signing fun for your little one – with Little Signers Club  weekly (virtual) Little Signing Sacks!

 

Each week we’ll be popping a new video sign or two up on our Facebook page that you can use with your baby or toddler; learn new signs, favourite nursery rhymes and if you want to, a recommendation for a lovely themed book to purchase or get from the library.

This week, the lovely nursery rhyme ‘Five Little Ducks’.

With Spring now officially here, hopefully you’ll be out and about a little more and can go and see the ducks for yourself.  The Duck sign is always popular with small people so be prepared to practice a lot!

Step One: you’ll need your sign!

Click the links for the BSL Sign for DUCK

Step Two: a favourite rhyme to practice them with!

(bolded words are words to sign along to)

Five little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hills and far away

Mother duck said quack quack quack quack

But only four little ducks came back

Four little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hills and far away

Mother duck said quack quack quack quack

But only three little ducks came back

Three little ducks

Two little ducks

One little duck went swimming one day

Over the hills and far away

Mother duck said quack quack quack quack

And all five ducks came swimming back!

 …

Step Three: a story to snuggle up and enjoy together

TNMD

Lovely (and always really engaging) touchy-feely books from Usborne which you can find just here!

We hope you enjoy this weeks Virtual Signing Sack from Little Signers Club. If you have something you’d like to see as part of the Little Signing Sack, please pop by and let us know over on our Facebook page.

Until next week….. “Keep Signing!”

Little Signing Sack; Little Red Tractor

Little signing sackInteractive signing fun for your little one – with Little Signers Club  weekly (virtual) Little Signing Sacks!

Each week we’ll be popping a new video sign or two up on our Facebook page that you can use with your baby or toddler; learn new signs, favourite nursery rhymes and if you want to, a recommendation for a lovely themed book to purchase or get from the library.

This week my boy is Two. And he is Tractor mad. So this week, just because I can and because I know it will delight lots of small people everywhere, we have The Little Red Tractor which is a fabulous interactive song that your little one will love.

Step One: you’ll need your sign!

Click the links for the BSL Sign for TRACTOR

Step Two: a favourite rhyme to practice them with!

(bolded words are words to sign along to, tune is Bobby Shaftoe)

Bouncing up and down

(place your baby / toddler on your knee; bounce up and down together)

on my little red tractor

Bouncing up and down

on my little red tractor

Bouncing up and down

on my little red tractor

We can bring in the hay, hey!

 …

Step Three: a story to snuggle up and enjoy together

That's not my tractor

which you can find just here!

We hope you enjoy this weeks Virtual Signing Sack from Little Signers Club. If you have something you’d like to see as part of the Little Signing Sack, please pop by and let us know over on our Facebook page.

Until next week….. “Keep Signing!”

Little Signing Sack; Incey Wincey

Little signing sack

 BRAND NEW!

Interactive signing fun for your little one – with Little Signers Club  weekly (virtual) Little Signing Sacks!

 

Each week we’ll be popping a new video sign or two up on our Facebook page that you can use with your baby or toddler; learn new signs, favourite nursery rhymes and if you want to, a recommendation for a lovely themed book to purchase or get from the library.

This week we wanted to treat you to Incey Wincey Spider – always a great favourite in our parent and baby / toddler classes as well as being perfect for learning how to sign Rain… and lets face it, there is a lot of rain around right now!

Step One: you’ll need your signs!

Click the links for BSL Signs for RAIN and SPIDER

Step Two: a favourite rhyme to practice them with!

(bolded words are words to sign along to)

Incey Wincey Spider

Climbed up the water spout

Down came the rain

And washed the spider out

Out came the sunshine

And dried off all the rain

And Incey Wincey Spider

Climbed up the spout again

Step Three: a story to snuggle up and enjoy together

incey wincey

which you can find just here!

We hope you enjoy this weeks Virtual Signing Sack from Little Signers Club. Please pop by and let us know what you thought over on our Facebook page.

Until next week….. “Keep Signing!”

When the wind blows… (or, How Babies Ask For Signs)

I am just a teensy teensy bit biased when it comes to my nearly 16 month old son (I think he is amazing!) and being a baby signing mummy for the third time around and having taught for nearly 9 years, you would think that by now, I would have got used to the way in which young children use signing and just how incredible that is.

Shortly after our autonomous signing incident (see Dandelion Clocks) we had a Very Windy Day.  Not an ordinary Very Windy Day because this was the day that my baby REQUESTED a sign so that he could make sense of the world around him.

My son blows me away with his non-verbal communication – not only signing but expressive tone of voice, use of body language and his mimicry of facial expressions.  He could see the trees moving quite violently but was very clear in wanting to understand more.

windHolding him up to the window he began to persistently point at the trees and use his ‘questioning’ voice – the sounds he makes when he wants to know what something is.  (At 16 months he has a very definite NO and shaking of the head, so as we were naming things, he was able to be quite emphatic about whether we had got it right!)

Realisation dawned on this sleep deprived mama and, saying the word ‘Wind’ and signing it over 3 or 4 times, was enough for him to be satisfied firstly that I understood what it was that he needed to know and secondly for him to grasp the sign for himself.  He now makes the sign regularly when he sees the leaves on the trees move and with perfect puffed cheeks and blowing to indicate the wind too.  These interactions are vital – managing to co-ordinate the mouth to puff then blow as well as move his hands in a sweeping motion at the the same time is giving his gross motor skills a great workout but also enabling facial expression and the formative process for forming an ‘O’ mouth too.

It is so easy to miss, and dismiss, these exchanges with small children.  But when we take the time to connect and align with their interests, there is so much richness to be found.  I now know that my son is observing much more than I had ever realised about the world around him and where his interests lie.  And his knowledge is expanding as he learns not only how he can request information but also put it to practical use, months before he will be able to verbalise the word ‘wind’.

THREE WAYS in which your baby or toddler may request words and signs:

  • Point repeatedly at an object
  • Stare at an object
  • Use a ‘questioning’ voice

Please remember to always use the word as you sign it – your child is trying to gather information about the world around them and although they may not yet be able to say the word, these interactions help young children retain information.

Meeting the EYFS with baby and toddler signing:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • self confidence and awareness
    • making relationships
  • Communication and Language
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking
    • Turn taking
  • Understanding the World
Join one of our Speech and Language Therapist Approved baby signing classes, become a teacher or learn more about our nursery training which supports nurseries, childminders, Children’s Centres and Early Years Professionals.
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Dandelion Clocks (or, When Babies Sign Autonomously)

Today my baby and I took our daily walk.  There is nothing unusual in this, but today is definitely not an ordinary day.  Today, my 14 month old baby made up his own sign for ‘Dandelion Clock’.

dandelion 2

He has been fascinated with the dandelion clocks since they started appearing a few days ago.

Add in his two big sisters blowing the seeds high into the sky over the weekend, watching them floating loose in the wind, and this fascination went to a whole new level.  The excitement when he was given one for himself was tangible – and a memory I shall carry for a long time.

But today, my baby signed for himself; a new sign, that he figured out for himself.  Holding his hand in front of him as if grasping the stem of the dandelion clock, he then blew, repeatedly and said ‘more?’ afterwards.

There was no mistaking what it was that he wanted and that he had found a way to let me know too.

This shows me that my baby knows, without question, that he can communicate with me even if I have not shown him a sign already (and no, I have absolutely no idea what the correct sign for dandelion clock is but we will be using this one now!)  His use of gesture and sound, together, make me very aware of what is on his mind, even though he does not yet have the ability to say ‘dandelion’ and probably won’t for some time to come.

The outdoors is a rich opportunity for you to explore nature and to use signing with your child.  In our interaction today, not only did baby J make up his own sign, but we had a whole dialogue going on between us which strengthens bonding, his communication development and a sense of adventure too!  Signs and words that frequently came up on our walk were ‘where’, ‘look’, ‘bird’, ‘snail’, ‘flowers’, ‘tree’, ‘over here’, ‘careful’, ‘danger’, ‘ow!’ (nettles) – so you can see quite quickly how easily it is for new signs and expressive language to be acquired.

Today also gave me an incredible insight into my baby’s world, which is an experience unique to us and not one that I would have missed for the world.

For those working in Early Years, this level of interaction and interest ticks many boxes for the EYFS – in just an hour.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • self confidence and awareness
    • making relationships
  • Physical Development
    • Moving and handling
    • Health and self care
  • Communication and Language
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking
    • Turn taking
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring different textures and materials

To join a class, become a teacher or learn more about our Early Years training, please contact us!

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A sign for Gruffalo….

The Gruffalo is a book that nearly every child will be familiar with – and if it hasn’t made it to your collection yet, it no doubt will in the near future!

I’ve been meaning to post this blog for a while – but I am sure you know how it is with small children and a new baby; sleep becomes a little bit more important.  But the sun is shining today and my little ones are on a playdate so I have some time to dedicate to this – hooray!

Our wonderful teacher Carole has an equally amazing little boy called George. And George decided a couple of years ago that a sign was very definitely needed for The Gruffalo – so he made one up!

We described it to Cath Smith ( the UK’s leading Early Years BSL author) who we work with closely and she kindly made George’s sign into a sign graphic.

British Sign Language Graphic for GRUFFALO
copyright Little Signers Club 2010-2012
graphic copyright Cath Smith from the Lets Sign series

HOW TO SIGN GRUFFALO

Fingerspell G followed by sign for devil; index and little finger are extended from a closed hand, palm forward and tap twice on forehead

We really hope you enjoy using this sign with your little ones!  You are very welcome to perpetuate the sign but please ensure that the copyright information is included.

“Thanks so much for bringing The Gruffalo alive for our children and young people for World Book Day. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback including that it was great fun and it was good inspiration for how stories could be introduced in literacy sessions.”