Welcome Winter!

Welcome Winter!

 It is COLD here in New England!

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite winter signs AND one of my favorite winter-themed board books that is great for teaching baby sign language to your little one. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it with your baby!

Each new season brings an opportunity to share the wonders of nature with your baby. Winter can be challenging if you’re feeling cooped up inside with your little one, but if it’s too cold to play outside or go for a walk, you can always bring a little bit of nature in for your baby to explore.

Activity Ideas

Too cold to play outside? Bring a little bit of winter inside! Fill a plastic shoebox with some snow to explore in the bathtub – just be sure those baby toes and fingers don’t get too cold. Or pick out some winter-themed books to read. You can also use some of these ideas to keep your baby busy & active indoors!

In this video I’ll show you some fun winter signs and a story you can share with your baby…

In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign COLD, WINTER, SNOW, SNOWMAN, SNOWBALL, HAT, SHOES & BOOTS.

You’ll also learn how to sign the board book “Welcome Winter.” It looks like this cute board book is only available used on Amazon, but you can find it for a very reasonable price if you’d like to add it to your collection.

welcome winter

Bonus: Free Printable!

I’ve also create a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do these signs. Click the image below to enter your email address to have it delivered straight to your inbox. Enjoy!

Signs for Valentine’s Day

Signs for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s the time of year where we celebrate love and share cards, flowers & chocolates with those near and dear to us. It’s Valentine’s Day! Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are often lots of new things to see. Everywhere you go you’ll find hearts and candy everywhere… heart shape balloons…teddy bears holding hearts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.

In this video I’ll show you some fun Valentine’s Day signs and a story you can share with your baby…

In today’s video, you’ll learn how to sign VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE, I LOVE YOU, CANDY, CHOCOLATE and SWEETHEART. Then I’ll show you how to sign along to the lift-the-flap book, “Where Is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz which you can add to your collection if you don’t already have it. I love her books!

where baby valentine

Bonus: Free Printable!

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do these signs.

If you already get email updates from me, the link to download the printable was in your email. If you are not yet on the Tiny Signs list, please sign up for immediate access to this free PDF guide.

Thanks for watching! What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below…

 

Learn some baby sign language (ASL) signs for Valentine's Day with this free video tutorial & printable guide. You'll learn VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE + more!

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Babies & toddlers love things that go! Cars, trains & planes are fascinating to look at and make interesting sounds. Your young toddler might have a little ride-on toy that looks like a bus or tricycle, or maybe he’s fascinated with fire engines and police cars. Or maybe you’ve got a little one who looooves tractors. If this sounds like your little one, you’re going to love this free mini lesson!

Teach your baby sign language with fun vehicle signs using this free video + printable guide. Learn how to sign AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK + more

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In today’s free baby sign language mini-lesson I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite American Sign Language signs that you can use to teach your baby signs for things that go. You can use these when you’re playing with toys, reading a book (see my favorites below!), or pointing out vehicles when you’re out & about.

Have Fun Learning Transportation Signs!

In today’s video you’ll learn how the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK, TRACTOR, TRAIN, FIRE TRUCK, POLICE CAR, AMBULANCE and SIREN.

Vehicle Signs

This video is dedicated to Cameron and his grandmother. Thank you for sharing your story

Great Board Books for Teaching Your Baby Signs for Vehicles

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle
  2. Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz
  3. Away We Go! Disney Book Group
  4. Baby Touch and Feel: Things That Go by DK Publishing
  5. Vehicles by Xavier Deneux
  6. My First Vehicles by Max & Sid
  7. That’s Not My Train by Fiona Watt

Bonus! Free Printable…

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do many of these signs.

If you already get email updates from me, the link to download the printable was in your email. If you are not yet on the Tiny Signs list, please sign up for immediate access to this free PDF guide.

Thanks for watching and if you enjoyed this free baby sign language mini-lesson, please share with a friend!

 

Teach your baby sign language with fun vehicle signs using this free video + printable guide. Learn how to sign AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK + more

 

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

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Where to find the best baby sign Language books, videos, and more

Parents often ask me what the best resources are for teaching your baby sign language. What is the best baby sign language book? Do I need to take a class? Can you recommend videos? Flashcards?

These are great questions! To help make it easier for you to find the baby sign language tools you need, I’ve created a list of my favorite resources to help you get started.

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

Books

I don’t know about you, but when I want to learn something new, I head straight to Amazon or the library to see if there’s a good book on the topic.

After recommending books I didn’t love for many years, in 2018 I had the opportunity to write the book that had all the tips & strategies I teach my students. Obviously, I’m totally biased, but I love this book! Below are 5 reasons I think you’ll love it too…

Baby Sign Language Made Easy: 101 Signs to Start Communicating with Your Baby Now

  1. It’s short & sweet and gets right to the point
    I wrote this book with the busy (and tired!) new parent in mind. No fluff, no filler. It gets right to the good stuff so you can get started signing right away.
  2. It teaches you how to teach your baby to sign
    Step-by-step instructions walk you through exactly what you need to do to succeed. You’ll also find answers to all your questions about baby sign language.
  3. It’s filled with tips & strategies
    A comprehensive troubleshooting guide and tips throughout the book will make sure you avoid the common mistakes that most parents make.
  4. It’s beautifully illustrated
    The illustrated ASL signs are colorful, accurate and easy to understand. Additionally, you’ll find video instructions on how to do every sign in the book in my online baby sign language video dictionary. Each sign has clear instructions, memory tips, suggestions on how to use the sign, as well as how to recognize your baby’s version of the sign.
  5. It’s filled with songs, books & activities 
    Every chapter wraps up with fun & easy ways to incorporate sign language into your daily routines with your baby, including board books, song and games you already know.

Get your copy of Baby Sign Language Made Easy today!

The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language: 200+ Signs for You and Baby to Learn Together

This follow-up book to Baby Sign Language Made Easy, will keep you and your baby learning and expanding your American Sign Language vocabulary.

You’ll find more signs, including signs for colors, feelings, opposites, school, animals and much more. Plus instructions on how to add sign language to books and songs you already know and love.

Get your copy of The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language today!

 

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

Ok, I’m just going to be put it out there: I hate flash cards.

Parents often ask me about them, and honestly, I’m just not a fan. In my experience, they don’t create the type of interaction that babies need at this stage of their development. When I see parents using flashcards, they almost always fall into a routine of asking their baby, “What’s this? And what’s this?” This ‘quizzing’ type of interaction is not the sort of conversational communication that babies need to build their budding language skills.

So what’s a parent to do?

Seeing the need to have a handy reference, I created my own baby sign language printable charts for parents and teachers to use at home and in the classroom. These printable charts are organized by theme and can be printed or used on an iPad or other device. I find them to be more useful than flashcards because they help remind you to sign, and how to do the sign, but still allow you to interact in a conversational way with your baby.

For example…

It’s bath time and you’re just getting your little one into the water. You’ve got your Bath Time Signs printable handy (in a plastic page protector so it stays dry), so you can refer to it as you chat and bathe your baby. You sign WATER as baby splashes and plays, and then you sign COLD when baby shivers as it’s time to get dry.

The baby sign language printable charts are affordable and available for purchase so you can start using them today!

GET YOUR BABY SIGN LANGUAGE PRINTABLE CHARTS HERE >>

 

Baby Sign Language Classes

A baby sign language class with a skilled instructor can be a great way to learn how to sign with your little one. Plus you’ll get the added bonus of meeting other new parents in your community. Baby sign language classes generally meet weekly for a series of classes and teach signs, songs and strategies over the course of the session. You’ll learn tons of songs & activities that you can use at home and get tips & strategies from your instructor.

To find a class, just do a quick search online for baby sign language class near me. Or ask around at the library or other places where you meet other new parents.

Unfortunately, it might be hard to find a class in your area, and if there is one, it might be too far or on a day or time that doesn’t work for you. If that’s the case, you might want to look into an online baby sign language class that allows you the flexibility to learn from home and on your own schedule.

Online Baby Sign Language Classes

A quality online class is a great option, especially now when attending in-person events is not recommended. A good online class includes video instruction on signing, lessons with tips and strategies, printable guides and resources, and an experienced instructor who is available to answer all your questions.

Online classes are a great solution for busy parents who want the flexibility of learning online. They’re also ideal for anyone who doesn’t have time or access to in-person classes. You can work through the material at your own pace (and in your PJs!) and refer back to it in the future, should you need a refresher. A quality online course also offers a community experience where you can interact with other parents to learn and support each other through the process. A clear path to success, including tips and strategies is what sets a quality online course apart from “classes” that provide little more than an online video dictionary.

To find a good online baby sign language class, check the credentials of the person offering the program to make sure they have completed training in this field. Look to see if they have a background in child development, early childhood education or speech/language development, as well as a solid knowledge of American Sign Language.

I am more than a little biased here, but I spent more than 2 years creating Tiny Signs: The Essential Course, a comprehensive online course to teach your baby sign language. This program offers EVERYTHING you need and is exactly what I wish I had when I was muddling my way through signing with my first baby. If an online course sounds like the way to go for you, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

So there you have it…

I hope you enjoyed this round up of my favorite resources and tools for learning baby sign language. If you have any more questions about signing with your baby, please share it in the comments below and I’ll be sure to respond. If an online baby sign language course if for you, I invite you to join me in Tiny Signs: The Essential Course – you won’t regret it!

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