Letters and Numbers
Letters and numbers are the building blocks on which we base all other learning. Mastering letter and number recognition is the fundamental first step for the three Rs—reading, writing, and arithmetic. 123 and ABC learning for toddlers is the primary focus during the preschool years. Fortunately, it is easy for kids ABC learning to take place at home. Opportunities abound to help your toddler learn ABCs and 123s, just from simple, everyday activities. Children love to learn through repetition, and they love to learn while having fun. Letters and numbers should be taught through a variety of methods, because children, like adults, learn in a variety of ways. The strongest way to teach a concept, such as letter recognition or counting, is to have the child SEE, SAY, AND MAKE what you are teaching at the same time. For example, in teaching the letter ‘B’ your child could look for and find a letter ‘B’ out of a group of letters, say ‘B!’ when they have found it, and then make the sign for ‘B.’ A child learning the number 5 could, while looking at a flash card with the number 5 on it, say 5, and then make a group of five out of an assortment of objects, such as beans or pennies. Focusing on these three types of learning: the visual, the audio, and the kinesthetic is important because each type affects our brains in different ways and supports our retention of the concept that is taught. Young children are especially partial to the kinesthetic approach to learning because of their very tactile approach to understanding the world around them. Learning the sign language alphabet is an especially powerful way to promote kinesthetic learning for young children. Making the sign for a letter, while seeing the letter and hearing the letter spoken aloud will help them master the concepts quickly and retain the information longer. Learning the ABCs for toddlers is simply easier when accompanied with sign language.
Signing Time products are wonderful tools for teaching letters and numbers to young children because they emphasize learning through a multi-sensory approach. Children can see, hear, say and model with their hands every concept that is taught. Teaching is always done in a dynamic style with music and songs that reinforce the learning. Most importantly, it’s fun! For parents, learning signs alongside their children is a great way to spend time together and have fun. Signing Time products can be a great support for teaching your children at home or for educators teaching children in a group setting. With Signing Time, it’s like having an ABC development preschool in your own home.
Learning the alphabet for toddlers
To learn the sign language alphabet Vol. 5 ABC Signs is an excellent resource. This DVD teaches kids the ASL alphabet through song, demonstration and repetition in a fun, inviting style. To reinforce and practice learning the alphabet, for kids on the go, try the Signing Time Flash Cards Set 5: ABC Signs—our beautifully constructed flash cards teach letter shapes, sounds, and signs. Or, to brighten up a child’s play room, ABCs and 123s Wall Posters contains 81/2 x 11 inch posters that demonstrate the sign for every letter of the alphabet plus the numbers 1-10. Every poster shows the printed letter or number next to the sign for the letter or number. Toddler ABC learning comes together easily when signs are taught together with sounds and shapes.
ABC Song in Sign Language
For kids, alphabet learning is fun when they watch the Practice Time ABCs Level 1 DVD, which reviews the letters of the alphabet and provides quizzes for what has been taught in interactive exercises. This DVD also reviews the alphabet signs by teaching the ABC song in ASL. Learning the sign language alphabet song is a milestone for children and an accomplishment they will be proud to share with all their friends and family! Another fun DVD providing more alphabet practice is the Series Two Vol. 11: Once Upon a Time DVD, which introduces signs for reading and story time. In this DVD, children get even more signing practice through fun learning modules called "ABC Time" and "Story Time."
Kids and numbers
Children will love learning to sign numbers in Practice Time 123s Level 1 DVD. This DVD teaches how to count from 1 to 20 in ASL and then encourages children to practice counting in a review session that asks children to match a sign for a number with the correct number of objects shown on the screen. This DVD will build mathematical confidence in children and numbers will become concrete concepts in their minds.
Baby Signing 123 and Baby learning ABC
With Signing Time in your home, don’t be surprised if everyone becomes involved in learning sign language—even down to the youngest member of the family. Babies often learn to sign before they learn to speak and love to be able to express themselves. Whether you are interested in teaching your baby signing 1 2 3 or you want your baby to learn abc, you will find that the Signing Time products are simple, easy to use and engaging for people of all ages. Learning the alphabet for kids and learning ABCs for toddlers is a critical first step in being able to understand the world around them. While learning the ABC’s kids gain a sense of pride in what they are accomplishing. Try incorporating learning games with letter and number signs into your daily routines. Sign with your children while saying the names of the signs aloud. You will find that learning will become a habit in your home and an experience you will love doing together.