Learn about more of the benefits of signing with your baby from the Advantages of Teaching your Baby Sign Language Infographic.
Baby Signing Time is an Award winning baby sign language series that teaches baby’s first 100 words in American Sign Language through music. Here is just one of the many testimonials we have received on Baby Signing Time:
“This is a great product and very educational. I started playing the videos when my daughter was about 6months old and about a month later she signed her 1st word -milk- and her whole face lit up when she realized I understood what she wanted. She is now 18months and I’m having to upgrade to series 1 because she has learned the signs to the Baby Signing Time series. She walks around saying and signing “baby time” so we can play her videos. Definitely a great buy and great developmental tool!!”
You can start signing as soon as your baby is born, although she won’t be ready to sign back to you just yet. The advantage of this approach is that it can help you develop the habit of using signs in your daily routines. Before your baby signs to you, she will let you know that she understands a sign by responding with a smile, pointing or kicking her feet. While most babies begin to sign between 9 and 13 months of age, we have received increasing reports of babies making their first signs as early as 5 and 6 months of age! While this is not typical, it proves that it is never too early to start. If your baby is 6-12 months old, start signing right away!
I see signing as an essential parenting tool, but I’ve heard parents say, “I would love to learn to sign, but I just don’t have the time!” This gets at the heart of Signing Time. I don’t waste your time. Why? Because I am a busy mom, too! I quickly and effectively teach you signs in a way that will help you to actually remember the signs, without studying.
Your children will begin to initiate this learning experience, because it’s something you get to do together. They want to spend time with you. Signing forces you to put down your phone, turn away from the screen and look into your child’s eyes as they look into yours.
Signing with your children fosters real communication in a day and age when that seems to be disappearing. Start your signing adventures today!
The Signing Time Academy is the educational division of Two Little Hands Productions. Our mission is to bring the benefits of ASL and active learning to children of all abilities through Certified Instructors who offer classes, products, and personal support to parents and teachers in their communities. Our Instructors offer parent workshops, baby sign language classes, story times, teacher training, and free presentations.
In the first week of March 2008, Signing Time learned about Elizabeth Barrett, a 17-month old infant from Lubbock, Texas that can read. In an interview done by KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas on February 27, reporter Karin McCay said, “She looks and acts like most babies her age, but she can read sentences.” Katy Barrett, Elizabeth’s mother, said that she reads more words than they can count. According to the news broadcast, Katy is convinced that sign language contributed to her daughter’s reading skills with help from watching shows like “Signing Time” on public television.
Watch the the news cast interview (on the right) or visit KCBD’s website to read the full story. Signing Time helps 17-month old baby learn to read
Scientific studies show that “typical” children who learn to sign:
Many parents observe that by learning to communicate earlier through baby sign language, the “terrible twos” are not so terrible—children can use a sign instead of throwing a tantrum to express their needs. Our Baby Sign Language Complete Set is baby ASL at its finest. With the write word, adult modeled ASL sign, peer modeled ASL sign, and music you will see your baby sign along as well was communicate their needs independently from the sign language video.
Elizabeth Barrett is featured as a peer model in Baby Signing Time Volume 3 & 4.
Why do parents LOVE Baby Signing?
Yesterday, I went to pick up a piece of trash that fell out of my car and bumped the door shut and locked my 18-month-old inside. It was 94 degrees out. I fought to keep calm as I tried to pry the window open and keep him happy while we waited for the police to arrive. Although it seemed like hours, he was in there only 6-8 minutes. I want to thank you because he was able to sign to me and I knew he was still coherent. I don’t think the thought of him sweatily signing for water will ever NOT make me sob, but I’m so thankful that we had a way to communicate. Thank you so, so much! ~Becky
My son is now 2 but was getting so frustrated trying to tell us what he wanted and would act out a lot. Now he is always happy because he can sign! ~April
My twins needed to learn sign language when they were diagnosed with autism….I love love love these videos..I can not recommend them highly enough!!! ~Shaunna
Mom in American Sign Language is signed by bring holding one hand up, fingers slightly apart and palm flat. Touch your thumb of that hand to the corner of your mouth. Moms speak gentle words and smile. Use this visual to help you remember the sign. In addition, many of the feminine signs are done near the corner of the mouth.
Milk in American Sign Language is signed by bringing one hand up in a fist, with the wrist facing in (so if you use your right hand the wrist will face to the left, and vice versa for the left hand). Open and close the fist a few times. This sign looks like you are milking a cow’s udder. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.
Dad in American Sign Language is signed by bring one hand up to your forehead, palm flat, fingers loosely apart. Touch your thumb to your forehead. Take a look at the sign for Mom and note how these are quite close. In general, masculine signs are done at the forehead and feminine signs closer to the mouth or side of the face.
Eat in American Sign Language is signed by pinching the tips of all fingers together and bring up to your mouth. Tap fingertips on your lips a few times. This sign looks just like you are popping some yummy food into your mouth. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.