More Benefits of Teaching Your Baby or Toddler Sign Language.
Baby Sign Language: Research shows that sign language woks for communicatingbefore verbal communication is possible and also increases verbal skills andvocabulary.
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More Benefits of Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler.
Sign Language: Researchers recognize that learning two languages gives children intellectual skills that extend into other areas,
There is ample research to show that signing not only works for communicatingbefore verbal communication is possible, it also increases verbal skills andvocabulary.
Maybe because parents who use sign language are spending more time labeling items for their baby.
Maybe because parents focus on communication.
Maybe because sign language reinforces any communication attempts their baby makes.
Maybe because babies get two forms of communication. The parent says the word "eat" and makes the sign for eat at the same time. Babies receive communication by word and by sign. They have two ways to pay attention.
Maybe because parents often elaborate. When the baby signs "eat," for example, they might say, "You are hungry and want to eat. Let’s put you in your high chair so you can eat. You eat in your high chair"
All of the above would explain a boost in language development. It might explain why toddlers who were taught sign language as a baby have a larger vocabulary at two years of age than toddlers who were not taught to sign.
Researchers have long recognized that it’s far easier to acquire second and third languages at a young age. And they also know that learning two languages gives children intellectual skills that extend into other areas like reading and math, possibly even increasing IQ.
Even without any of the other benefits, though, this is just a great way for infants and toddlers to have their needs met before they can verbalize those needs.
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Don’t spend a fortune on books and videos for sign language products before you have experience. The truth is that sign language is not hard to learn for you or for your baby. I would only purchase two, possibly three, sign language items.
My recommendations for teaching your baby sign language:
1. Dr Joseph Garcia authored the classic in the sign language field: Sign With Your Baby.
Buy the video only or buy a kit which contains the video, a short and simple to understand book, plus a chart showing the signs.
The sign language video is a must for the section on teaching sign language and the last section which demonstrates American Sign Language words. I would buy the kit to get the accompanying sign language book unless you buy the CD Pick Me Up at the same time. That CD includes a workbook. One sign language book is probably enough although both of these sign language books have their positive and different attributes.
2. At the same time I would add the music CD Pick Me Up for the signing and singing as well as the excellent sign language workbook for parents. This fun, interactive experience for you and your baby is all it normally takes to rapidly add words to your American Sign Language vocabulary.
3. If at any time you or your babies are having problems learning sign language, purchase Baby See N Sign, Volume I. It presents American Sign Language words three different times: as a still picture, in slow motion, and at normal video speed.
Frankly, I believe the above three items are all the sign language products you need to own.
If you have an expanded budget, here are some other sign language products I would consider buying.
See sign language products I would not buy and the reasons I would not buy them here.
Why purchase any sign language items? Why not use the library for your sign language needs?
You probably need at least one sign language product on hand for reference. A CD of music to sign by teaches sign language daily. Plus your baby can watch a sign language video like Baby See N Sign to supplement your own signing.
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