Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[Giveaway] Baby Sign Language

Growing up I was a pretty good student, always made honor roll and while I preferred Math to English, my least favorite subject was Spanish.  I started taking it in middle school and stuck with it in high school instead of switching to the second option of French. I'm not sure why I had so much trouble with it, but considering I can't roll my r's for the life of me or basically pronouce anything properly, it just wasn't my thing. I still got A's, but definitely my least favorite class and I never continued it college.  When I was younger, I was friends with a girl who had a brother who was hearing impaired.  One summer I became close to her, the way you do in middle school jumping from friend to friend, and learned a pretty good deal of sign language quickly.  Of course, I've forgotten most of it now, aside for the alphabet and some easy words, but I always wished it was a language course offered in place of Spanish, French, or Latin when I got to high school.

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!


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15 comments:

  1. great giveaway! i havent used baby sign language but it's something i would LIKE to do in the future!

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  2. I would love to win this for my little girl!

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  3. Omg I cannot even tell you how much I would love this kit!! We started signing with Ellie at about 7 months and it's been such a big help! I would love to increase her vocabulary and this would be perfect! I'm sure it would also come in handy with my nanny kiddos!!!

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  4. Yes, we use it with our toddler!

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  5. Thx for the giveaway! I've heard so much about it and would love to give it a shot!

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  6. My sister is pregnant with twins & I know she's interested in baby sign language

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  7. same as you lol -- did it with clara but totally dropped the ball with elanor. its not too late??!

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  8. We use a few signs and they REALLY come in handy. I would LOVE to have this as a resource since Mason is speech delayed. It would help a lot.

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  9. Definitely not!! Honestly, it probably makes sense to them more now since their vocabulary is taking off. Maybe it's in my head, but I swear it's helping. She's been correctly shaking her head no and she says "yeah"... I have to think it's just totally coincidental, but it's happened a few times. I feel like because I look at her more intently when I'm signing, like speaking directly at all, that she's taking it all in... the verbal, the signs. Maybe Ashlynn understood this much at one year, but I feel like it was a little later, like 15m. Give it a shot!

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  10. My mom taught some of my younger siblings sign language. I have a brother who was born with a cleft lip and palate and sign language was a god send. It even helped me when I waitressed/bartended through college to be able to communicate with anyone who came in and could only sign. With my son I've started signing to him although he's only six months and hasn't quite picked up on it yet. I really want him to be able to sign in the future.

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  11. I don't know it but want to teach my baby eventually.

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  12. I took sign language in college and am currently using it in the special needs preschool I work at. I will definitely be using it with my own children as well.

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