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Signing With Babies And Children: October 2011

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Expression through Signing

I went to a Korean Pop concert in New York this past weekend. During a break in the artists' performances, I was pleasantly surprised when the pop artists were featured signing, representing feelings of what their music has to offer.

With signing being a part of my life, I can't help but feel the empowerment of expression through the means of multiple facets.

Written by Shawna Tran

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dedicated to Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

I woke up this morning to this beautiful blog alert which was written by Kristin, Digital Baby. I was honored to have this blog dedicated to Steve Jobs.

"Someone suggested that I try this SignShine app with Stella to sign with music. The iPad app is free to download, and it includes one free song (Itsy Bitsy Spider). For $2.99, you can get a package of 10 additional children’s songs. The woman in the video is Etel Leit, whose gorgeous smile seems to extend right down to her hands. She is a great teacher.
Stella caught on very quickly, and I’m tempted to get the 10-pack. I’ve actually seen other moms/caregivers use similar actions while singing songs to Stella (even in Nursery last Sunday!), but Stella seemed to be more engaged in this video format. Then again, anything transmitting from her beloved iPad is gold.
(Dedicated to Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

How a Baby Can Sign “Rhinoceros”

Sign Language has been typically associated with the deaf, but in reality, it can also benefit the lives of the hearing, which is showcased none-so-apparently than through a video of two of the most adorable children I have ever laid eyes on. I might be a bit more biased because I do get to see them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but I’m sure after watching this video, you would agree as well. My daughter Zoë (almost four in the video) and my son Dylan (16 months at the time) are reading to each other, first a book about animals and then a book about people. The truly amazing part of the video is when Zoë helps Dylan do the correct sign for rhinoceros. As their mother, I’m very proud of how well they’re communicating with each other and I definitely love seeing them get along so well. You can tell that Dylan is starting to verbalize some of these words, which is wonderful because words like “whale” aren’t typically taught to children until much later. This is a wonderful video to show how beneficial sign language can be for your family—you have time to take a break and record videos of them while your children read books to each other!

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