Links of Interest:
Essays I’ve written on the benefits of signing for hearing children at:
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Tip of the Week:
We had a great time at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield for the signing story time last Monday. The place was packed to the gills! (Totally blew a photo op on that one!) Those who were there may have heard one of the little girls from the YMCA’s daycare ask me how to sign praying mantis. When I told her that unfortunately, I didn’t know, she didn’t miss a beat. “It’s like this,” she told me, doing something with her thumbs and pointer fingers. It gave the crowd a chuckle, but truly, she was on to something. While I am wholly against the “baby sign” stuff that uses made up signs, it is natural for children, especially those familiar with sign, to sometimes create signs of their own for concepts they haven’t yet learned. It shows they are thinking; it shows they understand that this is a system by which they can communicate; it shows you, as parents, are doing something right.
For those praying mantis purists out there, of course, you could fingerspell it. You could also go with something like the sign for BUG and then possibly adapt it within your conversation.
This Week in Class:
If anyone wants to order Signing Time products for themselves or friends for the holidays (or anytime), please let me know. I offer them at a discount and without shipping costs that apply on the ST website. It’s easiest to order in a lump, so if there are folks interested, I’d like to gather orders and do it all at once. I am able to order anything on the site for you: all Baby Signing Time DVDs, books, flashcards etc., but also anything from the general Signing Time series (I have a few favorite DVDs I’d recommend). I do have a small number of things in stock already. Feel free to email with questions.
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Start With Sign:
- My Story
- Benefits for Hearing Children
- About Signing Time