What words to start with???

Kim - posted on 11/18/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have a 7month old little girl and we started signing about a month ago to her. We are doing the words tired, hungry, mommy and daddy. We just started Grandma and Grandpa yesterday, but we were wondering what are the best words to start out with and when is too many?

Is there any books or movies that anyone would recommend to us to learn from? ASL is new to all of us.

Thanks!!

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Shauna - posted on 01/08/2011

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WE started with more, eat, dirty, water, help .... just to name a few.

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Kim - posted on 11/28/2010

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Thank you so much for all the information both of you guys have given me! Truly appreciate it! And I bookmarked that site Colene and have the Baby Signing Time book on hold at the library Jenny for me:)

Jenny - posted on 11/23/2010

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We used Baby Signing Time and started with milk, more, mom, dad, horse (because that is my daughters fave stuffed animal). We moved on to Signing Time and my daughter just loves it. She's 22 months and signs over 100 words .... all of which she also says. She can identify animals, colors, shapes, places we visit and both signs and says the words. Signing ASL is truely the reason she is as verbal as she is and I can't say enough good things about the Signing Time products. You might even be able to find them at your public library ... that's where I first found them.
Signing Times also has books and flash cards

Colene - posted on 11/21/2010

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I think the words you started with are perfect. We started with milk, eat, tired, hi and bye. And because I was excited to learn sign language, I learned how to sign some songs by watching videos on YouTube and I signed those to my daughter too. From everything I've read, you should do what you're comfortable with and keep it fun.



Once she started using signs (around 9 or 10 months), we would add a sign for a word that she seemed to show interest in - animals, toys... That made it easier for all of us to learn to sign.



Great video is Baby Signing Time. I bought the first video and then had to buy a few more because they were so helpful and Cadence enjoyed them so much. There is also a sign language dictionary on-line that I use to look up whatever words Cadence is showing interest in. I love that they have a video for each sign. http://www.signingsavvy.com/wordlist/col...



I have a few books on baby signing and they are all nice, but I use the on-line dictionary more than anything. You can probably find a few books at the library to skim through. Worth reading, but not worth buying. However, a set of flashcards might be worth investing in. The Sign, Sing and Play kit had a decent set (I found it on Amazon).



Teaching and learning how to sign has been one of the best experiences of my life. By 15 months my daughter could communicate so many words (both talking and signing), I couldn't keep track of how many she knew. And at 17 months, she's now putting together two and three words on a normal basis.



Good luck. You are going to love this experience. I can't think of anything cuter than a signing baby.

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