Wow...that's a lot of pressure. At times, this self-imposed pressure can be astounding. Where do I start? Now that I've started and things are going the way I pictured, how do I keep moving forward? How do I change my vision or accept this different outcome? I don't think it's "good enough" - I should just quit, or throw it away or what?! There are times that this way of thinking has prevented me from doing great things because I'm paralyzed by my "need" for everything to be out-of-this-world.
Have you ever encountered similar feelings? A common sentiment from families who've tried using some of the other sign programs on the market, reflects this concern. Often, they don't see their child signing back as soon or as much as they expected. They only know how to sign in specific contexts - such as when singing a particular song. They're frustrated, and often give up.
With Signing Smart, that paralyzing perfection mission is combated by support, research, and strategy. Signing Smart families, teachers, and caregivers learn how to use signs in ANY situation - not just via songs and finger plays. They learn about the research of Drs. Anthony and Lindert that sets appropriate expectations for when and how children should start signing back. From day 1, students learn "general signs" like MORE, ALL-DONE, and LIGHT that can be used in almost any situation, so that a sign is always available to enhance communication with their little one. To top it all off, my students all have multiple ways to ask questions of me and other Signing Smart families. Together, we often discover that perfection - the exact right thing - doesn't always look "perfect." Early signs don't look like the dictionary, but they are exactly right for little hands and developing brains.
With support and proper expectations, this:
easily becomes perfection: