You might remember if you've been around here a few years, that I did some baby sign language with Ashlynn. We started with "more" and "all done" when we started to introduce baby foods. Once she was walking around and trying to converse more with pointing and other gestures I taught her "please" for when she wanted her cup or "eat" for when she wanted a snack. I had thought about trying to learn more, but never really followed through.
I started the same with Kenley, however, second child syndrome, I didn't really start signing "more" or "eat" until two months ago, but she caught on pretty quickly. I was then contacted by Baby Sign Language and they were interested in getting my review of their Baby Sign Language Kit and partnering for a giveaway. Since it was something we've been working on and I've always had an interest in learning more, it was right up our alley.
We received the kit and I was shocked with how much it was packed with. Nice sturdy flash cards, a poster, an official reference dictionary -with more than 650 signs, and a teaching guide. I was combination of excited and totally overwhelmed. I opened the flash cards one night with Ashlynn before putting her to bed. Bedtime with her is a total production lately and I thought looking at something new would be a nice change. We went through the 52 cards and she had fun naming each item or animal and trying to learn the sign. She's learned a few signs at pre-school, so it's fun for her to get to do them at home, too. We've used them a few times with Kenley, as I have Ashlynn play teacher and say what each picture is while I repeat with the sign. It's helping Kenley be exposed to more words then she may hear in daily life, like "airplane" or "butterfly", just like the importance of reading books. Developing her vocabulary and how the English language works.
As for learning useful signs, the poster included has 22 common signs and the teaching guide also covers the most useful words to start with and how to go about building your library from there customized for your family's needs. It covers the best way to incorporate teaching the signs at different stages and how to incorporate your family, something I've been doing with Ashlynn. At dinner, I will sign "eat", "more", "cup", "please", and "all done", Kenley gets to watch us sign back and forth and of course us, signing to her as well.
Since receiving the kit, I've added in "ball", "book", and "bottle" (sign for milk), and "diaper". Kenley has actually signed back ball while playing basketball one day and when I sign book, she 100% understands the word and will grab a favorite from the shelf. It's definitely a great age for attempting this since she hasn't said much more than Doggie, Bottle, and Baby.
Lastly, www.babysignlanguage.com is a wonderful resource outside of the kits they offer. They have
thousands of free printables and videos to make baby sign language available to every one.
Now, the fun for you. Right now the Baby Sign Language Kit is being offered for $39.99 and would definitely make a great holiday gift for a family member or friend who is interested in using it or is having delayed speech with a child. And because it's the season of giving, enter the giveaway below!