I'd like to start working with signs with dd (6mos). I'd prefer a book over a video. Can folks share the one that they recommend most? Î hope this is an okay place to ask this question. Thanks for the help...<br><br>
I have Baby Signs. Mostly it's a book describing how wonderful signing makes life and then a small dictionary of signs. I like that it indicates which are ASL signs (if there are multiple choices, I look for that one.)<br><br>
So far my 9 1/2 m.o. just waves hi and bye and can indicate "done." I'd like her to get "Dad" (thumb touches forehead, fingers open) and "Mom" (thumb touches cheek, fingers open) but so far I'm having trouble consistently signing and saying.<br><br>
That's the key ... not just you, but all around the baby should sign as a part of speech. Sigh. That's the hard part for us!<br><br>
I like Sign with your baby, and Simple Signs. We recently bought some DVDs from <a href="http://www.signingtime.com" target="_blank">www.signingtime.com</a> and they are far better than any of the many books we own. It's children narrating and doing the signs and my girls absolutely love the movies.
Someone gave us the Sign2Me (<a href="http://www.sign2me.com" target="_blank">www.sign2me.com</a>) pakage as a gift and we love it, but I bet that any sign language book would do. We started teaching her the "milk" sign (opening and closing your hand - imagine milking a cow) from about 6 mo and she started using it around 8 mo. It's great! Other favorites of mine that she's working on learning are "eat" and "all done"
Thanks for the suggestions all! I took ASL and may have some of my books yet. Perhaps that's the most frugal solution. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I did sign with your baby b/c all of the signs are ASL based - or they tell you if they're not. If you already know ASL then like you said - buying a book may not make sense b/c most of it is just filled with signs and an explanation of how it's good for your baby's communication skills.<br><br>
Here's a quick synopsis of what the book says - other than giving all the signs:<br><br>
- if you start before 8 mos it'll be awhile 'till baby picks any signs up - but it doesn't *hurt* to introduce earlier (I started @ about 6.5 months);<br><br>
- introduce 2 or 3 signs that you'll use a lot to begin with and focus on those for the first month before introducing others;<br><br>
- most important thing is to make the sign during the brief moment when you and baby are both clearly looking at the same thing (for me it's our dog) and then do the sign and repeat the word; OR before you nurse do the sign and do it some and repeat the word as you nurse;<br><br>
- most importantly is repetition and to continue to do the signs all the time and eventually baby will pick them up;<br><br>
- Well, that's the book and video ($50.00) in a nutshell - you just don't get the dictionary of signs.<br><br>
I think it's really cool. I'm trying to learn more signs to introduce to my ds.