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Signing With Babies And Children: November 2011

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

iPad iPhone app by SignShine--- 17 moths old Stella Signs!

Here is another review on SignShine app--- I am so humbled with Stella and her signing.

Kristine, Stella's mom: "I know I already reviewed the SignShine app last month, but since purchasing additional songs, it has become one of her favorites, and I have an update to share. In the last few days, her signs have evolved to express emotions by using her facial expressions with her hands. (Note her furrowed brow and pouty lips for the “wha-wha-wha” part of the “Wheels on the Bus” song.) So cool!"

etel: "I am so humbled by you and your daughter's story. Seeing Stella signing with SignShine's app is just a dream come true! Before programming the app, I had the mental picture of a mom and a baby enjoying learning these songs together… and you simply brought it to life. I am so delighted to see that. You are a very special mom. You show the world that electronics are not just used as a 'babysitter' but that it is miraculous to enjoy, learn and communicate together with your baby".

Thursday, November 10, 2011

11.11.11 Is it a Special Sign?

11.11.11. November 11, 2011 is such a special day that comes around once every hundred years. 

So remember to take time on 11.11.11 to do something really special with your little ones! It's a once in a lifetime chance. 11.11.11. November 11, 2011 is such a special day that comes around once every hundred years. Don't forget to take advantage of celebrating this day with your family and loved ones. If you're signing with your children, take time in the day to have fun with them and sign along to songs. Your children love hearing songs and what better way to spend time with them than to listen to songs together. They'll surely appreciate having their mommy or daddy sign with them on this special day. 

Keep Shining and Celebrating,

A Father and Son Moment

A young father recently shared with me that his little boy woke up in the middle of the night and was crying. At first the new dad couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but then he noticed his son using his hands. Both he and his wife had been teaching their baby sign language, and their baby was learning sign language at his child care center. So when the little 11 month old looked at his dad, and signed ‘more music’, the father, recognized his signs, and began singing a lullaby to his little boy. The boy put his head on his dad’s shoulder and went back to sleep as his daddy sang him a lullaby. How wonderful to be understood! How great that the father was able to recognize his signs and to understand the intent the boy had in communicating to his father. How wonderful that the baby could feel understood and respected! ahhhh, the beauty of sign language.

Babies, when given a mode of communication that is available to them, can express themselves even when they don't yet have their vocal chords fully developed. They feel empowered with the use of their hands and intentional eye contact.