I’ve been casually using a few signs here and there, but I think it’s time to step it up a notch. My increased interest in sign language is due to a new development that sounds something like this, “eh, eh, eh, eh”. I believe these sounds translate to “I want, I want, give me, give me”. At 13 months of age, we are a little late in the game, but sign language seems to be the best solution. Either that, or we wait it out until he can talk?
If you are looking for some information on the basics of teaching sign language to your little one, check out Baby Sign Language. Here are some tips that I found most helpful from the website:
1. Keep it fun by using a playful tone and incorporate emotion.
2. Choose signs that interest baby: mom, dad, eat, milk, more and dog.
3. Turn off distractions and sign in the center of their field of vision.
4. Start signing between 6-9 months.
5. Perform the sign before, during and after the event.
6. Incorporate signs into daily routines
7. When your baby initiates a sign, sign back and say the word out-loud
8. Use flash cards, books and props to aid with signing.
9. Start with 5 signs
10. Spend 5 minutes a day signing
These are the 5 signs that I would like to work on with Will…
To do the sign for more, flatten out your hands then bring your thumbs under to make an O shape. Then, bring your hands together and separate them repeatedly.
Make the sign for eat by taking you strong hand, with the tip of your thumb touching the tips of your fingers and tapping it on your mouth. The same sign is used for food.
To sign please, take you hand with fingers extended and all together, and thumb extended and sticking out. Take the hand with palm facing in and rub it in a circle on your chest.
And if I get really, REALLY motivated, these signs too (not going to happen):
To make the milk sign, take both hands, make them into a fist, relax, and repeat.
To sign mommy extend and spread your fingers apart. With your pinkie facing forward tap your thumb on your chin.
To sign daddy, extend and spread out your five fingers on your strong hand. Tap your hand on your forehead.
Sign dog by patting your outstretched hand with fingers together on the side of your hip. Just as if you were calling the dog.
To sign again, flatten out your leading hand. Bend your second hand at a right angle, then tap it against the middle of the palm of your first hand.
Did you teach your child sign language? If so, did it work? Was it worth it?