Friday, March 28, 2014

Detective Eyes Part 3

If you got this and this, here's a new video to decipher.  There's no sound, so please don't crank your speakers only to blow yourself out of your chair later!

Your hint:  Daddy and Mr. L. are eating breakfast.  On the menu: dry cereal, applesauce, and milk in a cup.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Congrats to Miss M.!

Please join me in congratulating Miss  M.  and her family on graduating from the Signing Smart Beginner Play class!  

When I met Miss M., she had a few signs, but would typically only use them when prompted for the sign and given a visual reminder.   Miss M. and her family have worked hard during our time together and have lots to show for it.  They have learned countless new signs and have really taken the Signing Smart strategies to heart.  I'm so proud to say that Miss M. has now reached the language explosion.  She uses signs to initiate interactions, make requests,answer questions, sing songs, and more!  Her spoken language use is expanding loads as well.  

I had a blast playing and getting to know this family - just like the rest of my Signing Smart family members.  I look forward to getting to work with you again!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Honing your Detective Eyes Part 2a......The Rest of the Story

Did you see Daddy and Mr. L. each sign "JUMP" in the last video?  Here's the rest of the story....

What are your favorite books to read with your little one?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Detective Eyes Part 2

Did you see Mr. L.'s sign for HELP in the last video? If not, go back and take another look now that you know the "answer."

Here's another video clip. Daddy and Mr. L. are reading a book about animals whose names start with each letter of the alphabet and talking about their different characteristics. Here's a hint.....they're reading the "K" page. (Somewhat unrelated, big brother starts interacting  as well when he points to the ladybug and says "What does this bug do? He crawls.")

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Honing your "Detective Eyes"

One of the Keys to Signing Smart success involves recognizing your child's signs.  We, almost innately, anticipate that our little ones' first words will not sound exactly like adult speech.  Much the same way, their early signs will not look exactly like the picture in the dictionary.  This, sometimes, requires us to do a little detective work to understand what we're being told.  Like so many other things, practice makes perfect.

Below is a video clip of my 12 month old.  He'd like to read his current favorite books and can't get them out of the box.  He points (THIS) several times, and there is another quick sign right at the end of the clip.  What do you think he's signing??

I'd like to make this an on-going series of pictures and videos.  As I'm able to catch my boys signing (they don't tend to be terribly cooperative as soon as the camera comes out), I'll share some with you.  If you have pictures or videos of your little one signing that you'd like to share, please let me know.  I'd love to include a variety of young signers to help you practice!