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Signing With Babies And Children: April 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
"Laura, I wanted to let you know that I have been using your ABC phonics song in my classroom. I teach 1st grade and many of my students did not know their letters or sounds. When I stumbled across your video on YouTube - I showed it to my class the next day. My students will actually sing the song out on the playground, and one of my really low little guys is able to blend phonemic words if I show him the signs. It's made him feel successful because I can sign (in a sneaky way so the other kids don't notice) and he can blend simple words like 'get', 'cat', 'dog', etc. Now we are working on getting him to connect the sign to the printed letter. I don't know what I would have done with this little guy without your video. (He is performing at a pre-school level 3/4 of the way through 1st grade.) My class really jumped on board with signing and they now know 65 signs (including the alphabet). They will sign to each other, to me, and are teaching their friends in other classes. I love that I can give them directions to get their pencils and go sit at the carpet without saying a word."
So all you teachers out there, I am encouraging you to use signing in your classrooms. You will be amazed at the success you will have!
Please feel free to email me with questions you may have about signing in schools, I now lecture across North America at universities on the topic of using signing to promote literacy in our schools. I can give you tons of info! email@example.com
By: Laura Berg, Founder, My Smart Hands, 'educating young minds'
Friday, April 17, 2009
Using Sign language in your household does not in itself guarantee that your child will sign/communicate from a younger age.
Before you react with horror to this statement, let me clarify…:
I recently looked after my 1-year old godson who was not able to sign. He also didn’t speak, other than ‘mamamama’ ‘dadada’ etc. He was really quite an average cute little 1-year old.
The strange thing is that his mother and father are both profoundly deaf and use sign language to communicate!
So why did this boy not sign?
Parents who can speak sometimes have children who (despite there being no medical reason for them not to speak) are delayed in their verbal development.
Teaching a baby about communication (signed and spoken), requires effort and time.
Here are some very important signing strategies:
· Get eye contact
· Using relevant signs/ words
· Repeat the sign/ word as many times within the context as you can
· Make it fun – play games in which the word is used
· Listen/ look for and react to their effort to communicate back to you!
· Praise their efforts, however small
In the case of my godson, his mum and dad have had a very stressful 6 months and I know that they have not had the time or energy to focus on 1:1 communication – at a time when it was very crucial for their son’s language development.
In the short time I had with him, I gave him my undivided attention and we played several ‘signing’ games, using the above guidelines. At the end of the day I had seen him attempting to sign about 3 different words!
This has encouraged me to write down some simple activities everyone can do in their daily routine – which I will publish in my next Blogs.
Please feel free to join my Facebook site “Signing Babies” for more blogs!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In an effort to support the Bayer family during this challenging time, I have organized a raffle fundraiser to help minimize the financial burdens of travel, medical treatments, and other vital needs.
When I asked Steven, Nathaniel's father, for permission to share the story with others, he replied: "If every parent would give an extra hug to their child -- that would make us happy!" And that positive spirit has clearly been passed on to young Nathaniel. Watch Nathaniel's signing in action: he sees an EXIT sign before chemo treatments and then signs BIRD and after the treatment is done.
Nathaniel’s surgery has been scheduled for Thursday, April 16 in New York. We are praying the doctors will be able to remove the tumor without complications and that his recovery will be quick and complete.
With prayers and great hope,
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- when your child is sleepy and is ready for bed but is crying instead of heading towards her bed, you can say "show me sleep" as you sign "sleep"
- and even if your child is not yet able to sign "sleep," you are reinforcing the action by saying "show me" and then signing "sleep" followed with words such as "you want to go to sleep," "let's go to sleep" as you continue signing the word "sleep."
- when you child is hungry and ready to eat but the food can't come fast enough, you can say "show me eat" or "show me more" as you sign "eat" or "more"
- again, even if your child is not yet able to sign, you can continue to reinforce the action by saying different phrases and signing the focus of need
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Laura Berg, Founder; My Smart Hands, 'educating young minds' http://www.mysmarthands.com
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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