Alfred in Aburi – Ghana 08

  Wednesday May 14, 2008 Today we woke up and went to Aburi to the wood carvers shops. Not that this has anything to do with anything 🙂 But I think in general people are much more friendly when you are traveling with children.I have also noticed that I am much more relaxed and less concerned when I am not traveling with children.This trip has been a piece of cake emotionally compared to January.My stress level is almost non-existent.This makes sense when you consider how many areas I was concerned about for myself and for two children.Safety, health, food and …

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Using Signing Time to make a difference in the world

I get the privilege of reading the wonderful things people are up to on the Signing Time forums, and have the opportunity to read through some incredibly heart-felt and inspiring testimonials that are submitted. I have also become acquainted with many of our fans through our weekly Wednesday night chats. I am inspired when I read blogs where people share their amazing journeys. I recently came across the Vernon Journal blog that touched me and reminded me that there are people who are making a difference in the world. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I did. This …

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Out of the Chaos: Notes on Raising Nine Independent Children

We put out our last newsletter with an article by Lex de Azevedo, father of Rachel and Emilie. We have had so many funny comments come to our office, that we thought we would share this with everyone! Out of the Chaos: Notes on Raising Nine Independent Children By Lex de Azevedo, President of Two Little Hands Productions, and father of Emilie & Rachel When Signing Time and Two Little Hands Productions started to gain national recognition, I frequently found myself being asked, “How did your daughters do it? I mean, what made them think they could start a national …

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Say What You Need To Say – Ghana 05/08

More on the Meeting May 13, 2008 (written May 14th) When the meeting ended everyone walked across the street to the restaurant where we had put in our food order. SOHI was picking up the tab since they called the meeting 🙂 This is the first time I have had anything more than a soda at a restaurant. They sat us based on what we had ordered. The “chicken and rice table” had the fewest Ghanaians, since it was the safest and most recognizable food. First they brought buckets of cold soda bottles with extra long straws. Then the food …

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Watch the webcast of the Emmy’s with Rachel Coleman!

Ooh, we are so excited for Rachel to go to the Emmy’s! They will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 13, 2008 with a live webcast beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET. The webcast will be live from Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. We just received a note about the webcast. You can watch it too at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. Make sure you play a test video to see if your computer will allow you to watch it! Again, Rachel Coleman, host of Signing Time, has been nominated for the “Outstanding Performer in a …

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A fun way to keep your kids learning and playing ALL summer!

Myself and team of amazingly creative Signing Time Staff have been working feverishly on a Signing Time Summer School Packet. And trust me, I had my childhood in mind every step of the way. With every project, worksheet and activity, I had to think to myself if this was something that I would have liked to do as a rambunctious, active 9 year old. As soon as that last bell on the last day of school rang, I ran full steam ahead into my summer vacation, leaving math, reading and science projects far behind. This Summer School Packet is super …

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Sunny Day – Ghana 05/08

Wednesday May 14, 2008 (writing about May 13) It is morning and the power is not on but the sun is up! Back to the meeting… Some of the people at the meeting were surprised that the teachers are being paid by Signs of Hope (SOHI) to learn sign language. They said a teacher should want to continue their education especially if it directly benefits their students. They said, “Usually teachers PAY to attend a class to further THEIR education!” They were still grateful that SOHI has put their programs in place. Wow what a relief! They know the issues! …

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Announcing the Winners of the Signing Time Contest

As many of you remember, we held a contest over the past couple months where we collected the names of everyone who purchased Baby Signing Time and entered them into a drawing to win a variety of Signing Time prizes! Here are our WINNERS! Congratulations to all the Signing Time drawing winners! The Grand Prize Winner: Jennifer S. from Wisconsin Jennifer and her family received the Signing Time Full Collection that includes: 25 DVDs, 3 Board Books, 4 Flash Card Sets, and 8 Music CDs. (Valued at $499.99). First Place Winner: Marcia E. from San Diego, California Marcia received the …

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Opposites – Ghana 05/2008

Tuesday May 13, 2008 Remember how last January I wanted to buy fabric and they only sell me 6 yards for the equivalent of $45? Well when Deb, Marco and I went to town, I had my eye out for that same fabric. I didn’t find it but we paid $2.50 per yard for the fabric we did like. That is $15 for 6 yards! I knew it! 😉 Today we woke up early, packed our bags and got in the tro-tro around 7AM.

Is it Okay to Let My Baby Watch TV? Comments on article

The article, “Is it Okay to Let My Baby Watch TV”, found on www.content4reprint.com, gives some interesting insights on the disadvantages and also the benefits of educational television programs for babies. Madeleine, the managing editor at Brillbaby, reports on the latest statistics and research about how no TV watching is better than unsupervised television watching, and adds that the American Academy of Pediatrics has advised that the under-two’s should not be allowed to watch any TV. BUT this is the comment I found most interesting: “Many parents and teachers find, however, that high-quality educational TV programs complement interactions with their …

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