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Signing With Babies And Children: Three at a Time

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Three at a Time

I like to keep things simple especially when it comes to forming a habit.  Here is one suggestion in teaching your baby signs: choose three words for each activity carried out throughout the day.  Try to think of these three words in a sequence and add to this sequence when you're ready.  Here are some examples:

Bath: bath, water, bubbles
After Bath: lotion, diaper, pajamas
Diaper: dirty/wet, change, diaper (you could add "all clean" at the end)

As you child gets older, again think of teaching three words at a time for all the new activities that come your way.

High Chair: eat, more, all done (you could add "all gone" when appropriate)
Toys: play, toys, more/all done (more and all done in regards to "time"... are you "all done" playing or do you want to play "more")
Bedtime Routine: book, read, more/all done
Bedtime: light off, blanket, sleep
Shoes: shoes, on/off, outside/inside

Try making a list of the activities you do throughout the day with your child and go from there.  See if you can think of three signs for each activity and continue to add new signs to that list.  

Take it one step at a time, and you'll find yourself signing more than you thought possible.

Written by Shawna Tran: and

1 comment:

SignShine said...

Shawna, thank you for a great tool. This is so easy to do, I am sure parents will love it!