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Signing With Babies And Children: growing up with sign

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

growing up with sign

My children, now 10 and 8 years old, are overnight campers (in bunks) for the first time this summer. I am a lucky mom, since I work at the camp and have the opportunity to see them having a blast daily. Just this week, my younger son saw me from across the dining hall and signed "apple with peanut butter, grilled cheese and fries, great lunch!" He then continued on his merry way. :) Later in the same day I saw my older son from across the quad, and he signed "biking later, love it!" and he ran off to continue the game he was playing with bunk mates. At 6 1/2 months old my children each began to communicate using sign language--while they are not at the level of fluency of a Deaf child or child of Deaf adults their age, ASL has been ingrained in their language center and is truly their first language. It's a joy to continue signing with them. You can read our story, and more, at


SignShine said...

It is amazing how signing can enrich our kids, anywhere, everywhere!! Who said signing is only for babies?? Is it only Baby Sign Language?
Thank you Lora for sharing your beautiful story.

Let the Sign Shine!

Etel Leit, M.S.
Founder & Owner

Anonymous said...

Lora, what a great mental picture I received while reading your post.^_^ It encourages me to really have fun with signing with my older children too.

Through your story and the stories with my own children, I am reminded how signing really empowers communication to a level that forms a bond. It connects me to my children in our own way, and it certainly is a joy.

Thank you again for sharing.