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Learn Some Picnic Signs This Month

Learn Some Picnic Signs This Month

July is National Picnic Month, and the timing couldn’t be better. The middle of summer is the perfect time to get together with friends or to spend time in nature. It’s also a great time to escape to the mountains, the lake, or the beach. And of course, food is always a fun part of time with friends or a fun getaway. So while we enjoy picnicking this July, let’s learn some signs to use with our kids along the way. Here are some picnic signs to learn this month. Picnic Signs It makes sense for us to begin with …

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National Bad Poetry Day Is For All of Us

Poetry is held up as a special literary style, a skill that doesn’t come easily to many of us. We admire the brilliance of those who can not only rhyme the ends of their lines, but also keep a consistent rhythm throughout the entire piece. At the same time, poetry can be a little beyond our interests too. But on National Bad Poetry Day (August 18), we are all invited to create our own rhymes, or not, as we make up all the bad poetry that we can come up with. Our kids will have a blast with this one. …

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Splendid Spring Activities Your Kids Will Love To Do At Home

Spring activities are joyful seasonal traditions. Springtime is often associated with bright and beautiful colors. We love to see the plain, empty trees start sprouting their buds. It’s exciting to see the early flowers bloom and add their color to the world. We even add colors to our springtime holidays, like when we dye Easter eggs. Kids love dipping the eggs into the dye and lifting the colored eggs out of the cups. We can take this enthusiasm for color, and find some new springtime color projects. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the turning of the season …

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10 Easy Ways to Practice Place Value at Home

Learning place value is a foundational skill children need to be successful in math. Teachers often note that refreshing students’ place value skills is important. This is because understanding place value helps children to build more complex skills as they grow. Practicing place value at home can help to keep your child ready to tackle whatever new math awaits them in the classroom. Practicing math at home with movement and song can be rewarding. Our My Signing Time subscribers love Practice Time 1, 2, 3. It is a fun series available on our My Signing Time App that practices ASL …

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Last Minute Fall Fun for Your Family

We’re well into the fall season now. Our thoughts have been on apple picking, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. And there are so many ways to incorporate signing into this season!  Let’s look at some signs and activities for fall fun! Fall Weather First, we can talk about the weather. Fall brings different weather, and as the weather changes, you can use signs to describe it.  You can use this sign when the sun is shining, or use this one when the weather is getting cold.  If there is rain, or for some of us, snow, you can learn new …

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Weekly Routines for Summer

Weekly Routines for Summer Fun

We’re on a routine run for this summer!  With the current pandemic restrictions, closures, and cancellations, we all need ideas for making the summer fun for our families.  My own family has settled into lazing around each day, so I’m inspired to implement more structure to our days. One way to do this is to assign an activity to each day of the week.  Some can be fun and some can be practical.  Either way, having a clear “Taco Tuesday” kind of label helps everyone to know what is happening that day.  It gives your kids something to look forward …

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Music and Routines

We’ve seen movies with scenes where someone is cleaning while dancing away to some energetic song, and then we feel inspired to be so carefree and fun while cleaning. Granted, movies show only the dancing, with the cleaning supplies sitting there as props, right?  But could we be inspired and motivated to action with music?   The Science Studies show that music can cause our brains to release dopamine.  While we tend to associate dopamine with pleasure, its actual function is to regulate motivation and goal oriented behavior. Basically, something that brings pleasure or fun (music) causes dopamine release.  Then …

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What Are You Feeling? – Active Learning

Everyone of all ages have feelings and it is important to be able to express and discuss what we are feeling in healthy ways. Talking about our feelings helps us to connect with those we care about. Being aware of our feelings and being able to discuss them can help us avoid or resolve conflicts more naturally and move through difficult feelings more effectively. Signing Time Dictionary Spend a few minutes a day reviewing the signs for feelings. Watch each video and practice the sign. Parent Resources As parents we must understand our own emotions and be comfortable with discussing …

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Flower in American Sign Language

Flowers in American Sign Language

Learn how to sign FLOWERS in sign language and keep a look out for nature’s fancy growing things! 1. Sign the singular “flower” (connect all your fingertips together, touch one side of the nose, then the other). To show the plural “flowers”, repeat, touching each side of the nose a couple of more times . 2. This sign looks like you are checking out the smell of several flowers. Use this visual to help you remember the sign. Teaching Tips Teach sign language using favorite children’s books. As you read together, sign words you know – either printed ones or …

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