I have been focussing my blogs on Signing games to play with our babies. They are very simple things everyone can do, no matter how busy we are!
This next game is one which my daughter loved as she was getting older. It helps to reinforce knowledge of phonemes (the sound of individual letters) and the fingerspelling – building a solid foundation to recognise graphemes (the written letter) at an early age.
When you are on long car journeys, or on the way to the supermarket, play the ‘I SPY’ game…with fingerspelling!
This may take a while for your child to learn particularly if she has never played it before.
You start of by saying: “I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘t-t-t’” (Signing the letter “t”)
If she doesn’t understand the game, say: “T-T-TREE” starts with a “T” (SIGNING “T”)
Find another thing beginning with the same letter.
Try other letters as well – this game can be played endlessly!
Your child will eventually learn to listen to the first sound of the words she knows – and she will learn the corresponding sign as well.
Take a look at this clip to see my daughter reading – at 2 ½ years of age!