- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Rockridge Pr (12 June 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1641520779
- ISBN-13: 978-1641520775
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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"Amen and hallelujah for this book! As a potty training expert, I'm often met with parents who don't want to start potty training because their child isn't verbal yet. I'm always a little astounded because our children are always communicating with us, even if it doesn't look or sound like words. For me, as a parent and a parenting professional, sign language is that bridge. Our little ones understand and have so much to say before their words come. Lane's book is incredible. I wish I had this book when my son was little! So many power struggles can be avoided with sign language; when you eliminate the frustration over speaking the right words, you'd be surprised how much easier life with an early toddler can be. This book is beautiful and Lane's knowledge and compassion are superior. "--Jamie Glowacki, author of Oh Crap! Potty Training
"Baby Sign Language Made Easy is a beautiful, easy-to-understand resource about how to learn and teach baby sign language to young children. Drawing on the benefits of baby sign language for both parent and child, Ms. Rebelo not only provides a thorough collection of useful signs, but shows you exactly how to introduce them to your child. This is a must-read for any parent eager to use baby sign language." --Nina Garcia, author and parenting blogger at Sleeping Should Be Easy
"Baby Sign Language Made Easy is a must-have book for parents! Lane does a wonderful job describing how to begin teaching sign language to babies. She breaks it down into simple steps so it's easy to know where to start. I love that she shares the top signs for different categories and that there are images of children signing. Everything you want to know about baby sign language is in this book!"--Angela Thayer, author of Play & Learn Toddler Activities Book and Blogger at TeachingMama.org
About the Author
LANE REBELO, LCSW, is the founder of Tiny Signs(R), an award-winning baby sign language program providing classes, workshops, and professional trainings in the Boston area and online. Lane is a licensed social worker and worked for many years with families in the Boston area. Lane began studying American Sign Language in 2006 after her first baby was born and was amazed by all she had to say. She lives with her husband and two daughters in MetroWest Boston. You can find her online at TinySigns.net.
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Bring your fingers and thumbs together on both hands and then tap the tips of your fingers together.
From The Author:
- Parents often tell me that their babies use the sign for more when they really want something, even after they start talking. As a young toddler, my own little one used to say and sign more for emphasis to let me know she was serious.
Memory Tip: It’s like you’re adding things together each time your fingertips touch.
When To Use The Sign: More is often used when babies are eating: 'Do You Want More?' This causes some babies to think that More = Food, and they will start to sign More whenever they are hungry. To avoid this confusion, make sure to sign More when you are doing anything your baby enjoys, such as singing, bouncing, or even belly kisses! In time, your baby will start letting you know when she wants More, and not just when it comes to food.
What To Look For: Babies might sign More by clapping their hands or banging their fists together. Or they might touch their pointer finger to their opposite palm.
Curve your fingers and bring them toward each other a few times in front of your body.
- You might be surprised at the many ways your baby will use this sign. I have seen babies sign ball to describe everything from ornaments on a christmas tree to a picture of puffed cereal on a cereal box and even pumpkins in a pumpkin patch!
Memory Tip: It’s like showing the shape of an invisible ball.
When To Use The Sign: Balls are a fun and easy way to engage little ones in play. You can get a plush ball for a younger baby and a bouncy one for an older child. Pass the ball back and forth. Sign Ball while the baby is holding it. You can even do a modified version of the sign for Ball while holding the ball in one hand: Either do half of the sign with your free hand or bring your free hand onto the ball.
What To Look For: Babies might sign Ball by knocking their fists together or clapping. My younger daughter signed Ball by touching her closed fist to her opposite open hand.
Bring your fingers and thumb together and tap them to your lips a few times.
- My first daughter signed eat by touching her open hand to her ear. I was new to signing and had no idea she was signing eat. I thought she had an ear infection! One day she touched her ear immediately when I asked her if she wanted to eat and it finally clicked that she was signing. Remember that babies will do their best to copy the signs you show them, but it’s completely normal for their early attempts to be adorably imperfect.
Memory Tip: It’s like you’re putting food into your mouth.
When To Use The Sign: Eat is a great sign to introduce when your baby starts eating solid food. Sign Eat when you suspect your baby is getting hungry and while he is eating. You can also sign Eat if he is watching you or a pet eating.
What To Look For: Your baby might sign this by sticking his finger (or even his whole hand) in his mouth. He might also pat his face or head.
Similar Signs: The signs for Eat and Food are the same so you can use this sign interchangeably
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This is the book I wish I'd had when my children were infants. When my first child was born, I was vaguely aware that signing with my baby would be beneficial, and somewhere I picked up a few signs: MILK, MORE, and EAT. My baby took to these signs right away, and they became valuable communication tools for us. I considered teaching my child more signs, but when I glanced at baby sign books in the library, they looked overwhelming and daunting for my sleep-deprived, new-motherhood-addled mind. My child ended up speaking early and well, but I can't help wondering what I missed out on before speech emerged. What would he have communicated to me had I introduced more signs to him? I talked to my baby all the time, but how would he have responded if he'd had the tools to communicate back to me?
I'm sure that if someone had handed me this book at that time, I would have glanced through it and been drawn in by its clear illustrations and accessible format. I would have jumped right to the chapter on the first 10 signs and introduced my child to several useful and then playful signs, and even my fatigued brain would have been able to utilize the author's concise memory tips to recall each sign. After meeting with success with these signs, I would have gone on to introduce mealtime signs, changing and getting dressed signs, bath and bedtime signs, and animal signs. I would have loved to use the author's suggestions for incorporating signing into books that we happened to already own and songs that we were already singing. During my more lucid moments of my child's first year, I would have gone back to read the author's introduction and explanation of baby signs, and I would have felt even better about making the decision to incorporate signs into our daily life.
This book is written with such loving awareness of infant development. With its anecdotes about the author's own signing experiences with her children, it feels as though a friend is patiently guiding the reader along. No wonder my 10-year-old and I were instantly taken with the book! What we missed 10 years ago, we can now understand together.
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