Monday, June 11, 2012

Baby Sign Language 101 - Sing and Sign the ABCs

Do you love singing to your baby? Babies love the sound of their mothers voice, and dad's too for that matter! Don't be shy, sing and sing often. This can be anything from your favorite songs on the radio to nursery rhymes or even the ABCs if you don't recall any nursery rhymes ; )

I used to sing and sign the ABCs to Amberly while she was in her carseat (obviously while my husband was driving) and she would usually stop fussing because she had something else to focus on other than the fact that she was stuck in her carseat. Incorporating more than one of your child's senses helps them with learning! I'm convinced that because Amberly learned to sign the alphabet very early on, she was able to learn to write with ease with no real guidance from me. Many of the hand shapes for the letters resemble the written letter.

Here is a video where I am singing and signing the ABCs SLOWLY so you can capture each letter.

Another reason signing the alphabet is helpful for preschoolers, they will notice that there are 5 distinct letters in that middle part and not lump them all together "L M N O P" as many toddlers and preschoolers do ; )

Take away:
Sing and sign the ABC's with your baby from when they are itty bitty, it helps them with language acquisition.

Joann Woolley is owner and instructor of Sign4Baby in San Diego teaching parents how to communicate with their pre-verbal baby using American Sign Language. With her in depth knowledge of ASL as her first language she takes you beyond just the basics in signing, also filling your parenting tool belt with parenting tips and tricks coupled with signing as a great boundary teaching tool for toddlers. Want to know which signs most parents start with but gets them stuck in the mud? I'll send you that hundred dollar tip for FREE.

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