Your baby reaches up when he wants to be held. By instinct, you pick him up and dance and sing to soothe him.
That’s signing? Not quite, but it is communicating using an action.
Sign & Sing™ helps you see these moments happening every day in your life and gives you the language to improve that communication, and strengthen the bond between you and your child.
Sign & Sing’s 10-week semester gives parents and children, ages 6 months to 3 years, the tools, in class and at home, to learn 100 American Sign Language (ASL) signs. You will not only learn signs such as “help” “change” “bed” “where” and “thank you”, but when and how to teach them to your child.
But do I really need to sign up for a class to learn this stuff?
YES! The secret ingredient to Sign&Sing’s approach is that it combines the two things children love to do – songs and playtime. That’s why it works.
YES! Using four key strategies along with motivational games, songs, toys, and loving playtime between you and your child, Kindermusik Sign & Sing shows you many signs your child can use to communicate with you, lessening and possibly even eliminating many of those frustrating temper tantrums!
“As early as 11-14 months old, hearing children exposed to sign language put little sentences together faster than non-signing children, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences, such as ‘Da-da car’ until the average age of 20 months.”
Using research-proven methods shown to speed language development in hearing children, you’ll see how sign language can ease frustration and enhance long-term learning abilities for your child.
Why does my child need to learn how to sign?
Because teaching your child sign language “…helps to establish two storage places for language memory on the brain’s left side: one for the native language of the user, the other for sign. So children who use both spoken language and sign language develop a built-in backup memory, storing the same word in two different ways in separate areas of the left brain….”
~Kay Rush, in her article, “Using Sign Language in High/Scope Programs” in High/Scope Extensions (Summer 2005; http://mail.ccie.com/go/eed/1281)
You may have heard people say, “I am a visual learner” or “I learn better hands-on.” This is one of the reasons that sign language is so beneficial. By pairing signs with speech and then topping that off with music and play, we use a variety of learning styles or techniques in order to learn new concepts, we have a greater capacity to retain that information.