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Learn to Sign the Alphabet With My Signing Time

You may be asking, “Why do my kids need to learn to sign the alphabet if they know plenty of other signs?” or “What is the point of learning to sign the alphabet?” That’s a fair question, and we have a few reasons to offer in response. First, when signing, we still use the names of people and places. There is no possible way to create a sign for each of these names, nor would it be possible to know them all.  So we spell them.  This is called “fingerspelling”, and it is used a lot in signing.   Fingerspelling is …

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The Importance of Sign Language

On September 7, 2018, Rachel Coleman was featured on California’s Fox40 TV with Simone. Rachel shared the importance of children leaning sign language and how it can benefit them. The interview was interpreted live in American Sign Language by Christie O’Neill, who is also a Master Signing Time Instructor.

A Mother’s Day Tribute

By LeeAnn Mason Words cannot express the amazing experiences over the last 14 years. Our hearts are full as we read the hundreds of emails, reviews, and letters we receive. It has been a privilege to have met so many of you at playgroups, speaking engagements, concerts, and other events. YOU are part of our Signing Time family. In 2002, Rachel Coleman and her sister, Emilie, created the first Signing Time video to help their friends and family members learn sign language so they could communicate with Rachel’s daughter, Leah, who is deaf.  We have been so blessed to see …

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Why Use Sign Language in Homeschool?

Written by: Rose Turnbow American Sign Language (ASL) is perfect for homeschoolers because: American Sign Language is a qualifying foreign language to most colleges. Teaching ASL helps students become more engaged through cognitive and whole-body learning. Signing is a powerful tool for behavior management in the classroom. It encourages students to be more alert and aware of the instructor when using silent cues (ASL). Reinforces other classroom curricula. Children have fun learning it. When I was homeschooling my two daughters, not knowing a second language myself, the idea of a required foreign language was daunting.  In my research, I found out that most colleges …

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Signing Turns Your Child’s Brain On

All of our children have normal hearing and don’t have any behavior or physical conditions. But we wanted to communicate early with our babies, and give them the tools to communicate with us.  And it worked! When our first daughter was about 6 months old, we introduced her to the first volume of Baby Signing Time. She loved the show and began signing to us. We also signed multiple things to her.  By the time she was 1 year old, she could sign 50 words. Over the next few months, she learned 100 more! We were so impressed. It really helped …

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Voted One of the Best Websites for Speech and Language

Hooray! We’ve been named one of the 100 Best Blogs and Websites for Speech and Language Pathology 4 years running by Kidmunicate!   What were they looking for in their picks for top websites? Blogs from some articulate, smart and creative speech and language pathologists who offer advice, lesson plans, crafting ideas, etc. Resource websites that SLPs can use to find evidence-based research, clip art and jobs and much more. Websites that specialize in a particular disorder – Autism. Voice, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia, Stuttering, cerebral palsy, etc. Websites that focus on relevant technology. We are so proud to make …

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Signing with Hard of Hearing Children

Hi, my name is Marisa and I’m a momma bear of 4 kiddos, 3 of which are HOH (hard-of-hearing), and wear hearing aids. I have 3 boys and one girl, ages 11, 8, 2 and 9-months. “Signing Time” was one of the first resources I found, over 10 years ago, when my first son was diagnosed with hearing loss. Your videos made a sometimes hard and solemn time more enjoyable and fun. They were a way to connect with my babies when I felt so disconnected from them. I am now almost fluent in sign language and am teaching my …

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Little Signer – Away in a Manger

We love seeing what your little signers can do! lalensphotography shared the following on Instagram and gave us permission to share it with you. Lofton has been learning ASL for the past year and loves watching the Signing Time series!! Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn!… Here’s Tim singing and Lofton signing! #CHRISTMAS2017, #Brownboys, #loftonboy, #asl, #awayinamanger, #signingtime, #signingtimechristmas, #homeschool, #beintentional @lalensphotography, @signing_time, @st_rachel, @somethingbravemusic

Sharing the love of Signing Time!

How do our Signing Time Academy Instructors work together? From collaborating on new class ideas to sharing resources, our Instructors are committed to helping each other share American Sign Language and the benefits of early communication in their home towns! Recently two of our Instructors met in Texas, Daryl from Bradenton, FL and Amy from Austin, TX.  On February 1st,  Amyshared the following on her Facebook page and gave us permission to share it with you: “Why do I love Signing Time and the Academy? The friendships and the power of a village coming together to support and educate others on the topic of ASL. The way the …

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