I was fortunate enough to have sign language offered as a course at my high school. I was so excited to take it because I had heard about using sign language for babies and I knew I wanted to do so when I had children of my own. It was a great class and I learned so much! Unfortunately that was almost 10 years ago, and because I haven’t used sign very much since that class, sadly I have forgotten most of the things I learned.
I did remember a few important signs like “milk” and “more” and I started teaching those to Maggie a few months ago. She picked up the sign for milk at about 10 months old. It was her first sign.
When I was contacted to review the Baby Signs Starter Kit, I was really excited because it included everything I needed to refresh my memory on all of the signs I wanted to teach Maggie.
Here’s some basic info about the starter kit:
Based on the original sign language program for babies, the Baby Signs Complete Starter Kit has everything parents and their babies need for a successful start to signing fun. This value-packed Kit contains: Parent Guide to the Baby Signs Program: An illustrated step-by-step signing guide for parents and caregivers. 80 pages. Parent DVD: A video introduction to the Baby Signs Program. Also includes Video Dictionary with real-life demonstrations of the100 signs that are most useful to babies. My Favorite Signs DVD: Video for babies that teaches signs through captivating animation, playful puppets and delightful signing babies. Signs at a Glance Flipper: 86 signs on a unique flip-card with magnetic backing for easy display. Baby Signs Board Books: A set of 4″ x 4″ board books for little hands with colorful illustrations and a review page at the end of each book that encourages even more signing fun and interaction. Titles include: My Mealtime Signs My Bedtime Signs My Bath Time Signs My Pets Signs
I really love this kit and have found it so helpful! Maggie enjoys the DVD and actually watches it (at 13 months!) From watching the movie, she has learned the sign for “dog”, “hat,” “cat,” “duck,” and “all-done” and she’s getting close to the others! I’ve also started working with her on others signs on my own. She can now say all of these words in sign language. Most of these signs she has learned in just the past month:
- All Done
We are working on other signs that I’m sure she’ll pick up soon. The books that come with this starter kit are a great way for us to practice her signing, and she loves reading! I also found the adult DVD to be a very helpful refresher course for me.
I think baby signing is great! I can see the pride on Maggie’s face when she’s able to tell us things and we understand her. She loves it! My husband and I love to see the new things she learns each day. There are lots of Baby Signs DVD’s and I want to get them all!
If you decide to try signing with your child, don’t get discouraged if they don’t catch on right away, especially if they are young. Just keep doing it, and one day, they will sign back to you (and it’s an amazing thing)! And the next thing you know, they will be learning a new sign each day!
Here’s your chance to win your own Baby Signing Starter Kit! Use the form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
*I was not paid for this review. Thanks to the company for the complimentary review and giveaway items.*