Baby Sign Language: Fun with Baby Signing

Baby sign language can made fun with babies and children! My name is my name is Etel Leit.  I just love language and communication and would love to share my wonderful experiences with you.  I have always been captivated by communication.  Throughout my career I have learned and become fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic and, most recently, Sign Language – languages with four different alphabets and symbols.  My love for languages soon began to focus on how children and adults acquire language.  This is where my career as a Language Specialist began, 19 years ago.    


Sign Language can be a wonderful communication tool for both parent and child.  I love working with children, as they are so genuine.  One of the biggest joys of working with children is the happy smiles and giggles- what a warm welcome a child can bring!   I love knowing that when I am teaching parents and their children how to use sign language as a communication tool that I am sharing the gift of communication. 


Baby signing really gives children an advantage by teaching them an increased vocabulary.  It is absolutely amazing to see how fast a child can pick up on signing concepts.  For instance when I’m teaching and the music comes on the children demonstrate that they know the routines, they love helping me put the music on. I think it’s the anticipation of pressing the buttons on the iPod ---just knowing we were starting the music, and starting our SignShine Time.


Signing can be taught using various activities and games.  I often play matching games with the children as these games improve memory.   When playing these games we match an object to a picture.  It is important to start with a simple memory game. Instead of matching 2 cards with the same picture, start with matching a real object to its photograph. This step is to prepare the child for the matching game.  These games are great to use as they benefit the learning process by developing memory skills with toddlers.


Enhance baby signing matching games by using color coded concepts.  I introduce colored bean bags signed by Boy/Girl. On each beanbag there is a specific color with a boy, or a girl, signing the color. This concept will teach Children each color, even GRAY!


Sign language used taught to babies and toddlers is a great tool for communication and has many benefits, such as:  Increased IQ, larger vocabulary, ability to socialize easier, reduced frustration as they can communicate with sign thus eliminating the crying fits, and development of motor skills.


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