Baby Signing Time
When I was in second grade my Grandma taught me some signs she had learned while working with children who were unable to speak (not necessarily deaf). She saw how much interest I took in it so she bought me a sign language book for children. During recess I would sit down and study that book until I learned the whole manual alphabet and a few other signs. For a long time I didn't do much with it until I was required to attend a certain number of seminars at a Head Start convention. They offered a Baby Signs seminar, and even though my students were five I chose to attend. I was pregnant with my son at the time, and was considering teaching him signs, so that was my real reason for attending that seminar. It intrigued me that babies as young as six months old could communicate with their parents by signing. When my son was three months old I began signing basic words to him (eat, more, diaper, sad). Then around one year old we bought the Baby Signing Time DVDs. He had never seen a TV show before so he was in total awe. We have learned so much from these videos. We also have the music CDs and dance to them all the time. Once my kids learned all the signs from Baby Signing Time we moved up to Signing Time. We watch two per week to keep the signs fresh, even though they already know all of them. We've learned hundreds of signs from these videos. And I bought a dictionary to continue learning more words. Both my son and daughter were able to communicate with us way before they could speak. I remember when my son was about one year old he signed "look, flowers, wind" to tell me to look at the flowers blowing in the wind. It was so cool. Some people are nervous about teaching their child sign language because they think it will delay the child's speech. I'm not sure if this is true or not. It didn't really matter to me. Eventually they will talk. My son was a late talker. My daughter was early. I don't think it has anything to do with the signing. I just think it's their uniqueness.