Why Sign?

Research shows there are benefits of signing on cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development.

Learn more from the White Paper: Signing with Babies and Children. Download here.

Written by Dr. Claire Vallotton
Michigan State University

Why Two Little Hands Learning Systems?

Our system starts with Baby Signing Time and Potty Time. Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate their needs rather than crying. Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, however the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is frustration and tantrums. Signing Time will introduce your child to over 1,000 ASL signs. Signing Time Sentences teaches all ages how to put your signs together in conversation. Rachel and the TreeSchoolers teaches preschool science through songs and signs.

Our mission is to bring the benefits of American Sign Language and active learning to people of all ages and abilities. Our learning systems offer a wide range products including sign language videos available on DVD and Digital Download format, sign language charts, e-books, CDs, mp3 music albums and PDF guides.

Where do I start learning sign language?

Start learning sign language with one of our Sign Language Systems. Ages 0-3 Baby Signing Time, Ages 3-8 Signing Time, and Ages 8+ SignIt ASL. (Learn about each system below.) We also have a network of Signing Time Academy Instructors who teach classes

How do I find sign language classes near me? Search for a Signing Time Academy Instructor near you by clicking here.

About Baby Signing Time

Why sign with my Baby? Baby Signing Time helps you break the communication barrier so you can communicate even before your baby learns to talk. Your child’s first 100 words in signs, songs, and stories!

  • Know what your child wants
  • Reduce your child’s frustration
  • Actively involve your child in learning
  • Build your child’s vocabulary
  • Help your child feel loved

About Potty Time

How do I potty train my child? Potty Time uses songs that help children learn the potty routine, feel good about their bodies, and to try, try again even if there’s a few accidents along the way. No matter what age you start or which potty training method you use, you and your child will love this playful and positive potty training support program.

About Signing Time

Why sign with my child? Signing helps children get ready to read by building early literacy skills. When children sign, they can get their whole bodies engaged in story time! For older children, signing can help them learn and remembers letters, numbers, and words.

About TreeSchoolers

How do I help my child love learning? Our newest series teaches essential preschool skills. Rachel Coleman and her TreeSchool friends will help your child learn to ask questions, wonder, understand, and share. Welcome to the magical world of Rachel and the TreeSchoolers!


About SignIt

How do I start learning American Sign Language? SignIt ASL is ideal for anyone with an interest in learning beginning sign language. Learn ASL vocabulary, phrases, sentences, grammar, Deaf culture, and much more! Featuring the stars of Signing Time (Alex, Leah and Rachel Coleman), and ASL comedian Keith Wann

SignIt ASL Includes:

  • fun chapter videos with voice on/off feature
  • fingerspelling, vocabulary and sentence practice
  • chapter quizzes with scoring and progress tracking
  • receptive conversation practice and tests
  • comprehensive ASL dictionary

Why Teach your Baby Sign Language?

When children’s hands are moving, their minds are learning.

Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate their needs rather than crying. Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, but the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is a frustration and tantrums.

On the other hands, the motor skills required to use sign language develop much sooner than spoken language.  Children who learn baby sign language can start using signs as early as 6 to 9 months! The result is a baby who can express her wants and needs.

For babies, sign language is a visual language. Many basic signs resemble what they mean. For example, to sign ball, you show the shape of a ball with your hands. See some examples on our Baby Sign Language Dictionary. This makes sign language fun and easy for kids.

Teaching your baby sign language can unlock the world around them and give their minds a head start.

  • Open a window to your child’s heart & mind
  • Reduce tantrums & increase bonding
  • Build vocabulary & instill confidence
  • Cognitive benefits of being bilingual

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