Start Signing with Your Baby Today with Tiny Signs
Update (8/16/2017): The registration for Tiny Signs Online is closed, but Tiny Signs is offering a fantastic mini-course that will get you started with signing with your baby! And more good news… Tiny Signs is offering The Terrific Five readers a chance to take the mini-course for $13 instead of the full price of $27! To register for the mini-course, Tiny Signs Jumpstart, click here and enter the promo code: TERRIFIC5.
When I started signing with my daughter Zoe around when she was about 6 months, I was all about learning as many signs as I could so I could show her how to sign. I printed out sign language charts and posted them all over the house, and I would study and learn the signs as if I was studying for finals. I would frantically sign everything I knew with Zoe, hoping that she would sign back something. With all the benefits of baby sign language, I was determined to teach Zoe how to sign. However, when Zoe showed no interest by the time she was 11 months, I started panicking.
I didn’t think I needed to take a sign language course because it was easy enough to look up American Sign Language (ASL) on the internet and find videos showing the signs I needed. However, no matter how many times I repeated the signs and tried to act like signing was the most exciting thing in the world to grab Zoe’s attention, she just didn’t seem to care to sign back. Then I got the opportunity to take Tiny Signs‘ baby sign language course called Tiny Signs Online, and I realized that I have gone about teaching my kids how to sign all wrong.
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Before I took Tiny Signs Online, I was reluctant to pay for a baby sign language course because I thought all I was going to learn are signs that we should teach babies, which I already knew from looking up tons of videos online. However, Tiny Signs Online was so much more than that. In fact, the actual signs are not the main focus at all, and the course instead concentrated on HOW to go about teaching your baby the signs. Moreover, since I am pretty much busy all day trying to keep my kids alive, I love how I could watch the videos online anytime I want and maybe even fold laundry at the same time.
I don’t want to give away all the wonderful information that I learned from taking Tiny Signs Online, but let me give you a sneak peek. One piece of invaluable advice I learned was to not overwhelm your baby with lots of signs, but instead, target things your baby is interested in and only focus on 3-4 signs at a time. With how much I was trying to sign to Zoe, I probably looked like I was just hysterically waving my arms in the air like a crazy woman. Plus, I was signing things like “change diaper,” which is probably the one thing she despised more than anything in the world. Changing Zoe’s diaper is like wrestling with an angry alligator, so why would Zoe ever, EVER want to sign “change diaper” to me? On the other hand, she loved lights and always pointed them out to me whenever she saw lights turn on, so I decided to choose “light” as one of the signs to focus on. Surely, after I changed my tactics, Zoe started signing back to me, with her first sign being “light!” For some of the best signs to start with, click here.
Tiny Signs Online has been an eye opener. For example, one of the modules talked about how to not miss your baby’s first signs. After watching the video, I paid more attention to Zoe’s hand gestures and realized that she actually signs more than I thought. For me, the game changer was “milk” because instead of trying to rip open my blouse and dive into my cleavage to show me that she is hungry, she now just signs “milk.” If you are a breastfeeding mom, you can definitely appreciate not having your boob clawed at in public. Thanks to Tiny Signs Online, I went from pretty much giving up on signing to Zoe, to now enjoying “conversations” with my baby because she could convey her thoughts and desires with her hands.
Head over to Tiny Signs’ website now for fantastic baby sign language resources! We love the Tiny Signs Printable Sign Language Charts that help us sign various animals, food items, and much more!
Excited about Tiny Signs Online and ready to jump into the world of baby sign language? Registration for the course will open on 7/30! Get ready for a whole lot of ah-ha moments and fun with your baby!