SIgn Language

Deb - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to teach my daughter sign language but she is still not getting it. I am just trying to teach her more and finished for when she is eating, to try and avoid the screaming everytime she wants more food.



Anyone else doing this? ANy suggestions. I don't know if it will ever really work because I think I am the only one actually trying. There is no way our day care provider will help and I don't even think my husband is consistent.

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Quoting Deb:

Thanks for all of teh advice and encouragement. I think she is starting to sign more, it is what I have been working on most. But it is more like a clap. SO am not sure if she is really trying to sign or just clapping. Good luck to everyone. I will keep working on it.


Hey - my little one just started signing "more" and it's similar to his clapping.  I can tell what he means though, and I know he'll get better at it.  I do try to help him form his hands/fingers at least a couple times a meal, more so that he'll learn that it's a more controlled motion than clapping.



 



He's funny... his clapping means one of three things: "Yay!", "Patty Cake" or "More".  And if you say the wrong thing when he does it he gets this really quizzical look on his face, like "can't you tell the difference between my "yay!" clap and my "patty cake" clap?!?!



 



His older brother didn't actually produce signs until he was a year old though, so I figure we're making good progress that he's signing "more".  We are also working on "milk" "eat" "please" "thank you" "Mommy".



 



Good luck with your baby!  Just keep at it.  I think it's a very valuable skill especially at this young age.

Deb - posted on 07/16/2009

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Thanks for all of teh advice and encouragement. I think she is starting to sign more, it is what I have been working on most. But it is more like a clap. SO am not sure if she is really trying to sign or just clapping. Good luck to everyone. I will keep working on it.

Angi - posted on 07/16/2009

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I am also working with my daughter, though probably not as consistantly as I should. But my sister did signs with her daughter who is now 4, not only did she learn signs, but still uses some of them. My thougts...keep trying, it certainly will never hurt her!

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First off, I wanted to thank you for bringing up this topic on the Circle. Baby signs are an amazing way for us to communicate with our little ones. I used them with both of my kids and with the kids I taught as a childcare provider for five years. Have you spoken with your daycare provider? Maybe they are not familiar with the program and would appreciate the input? But, if you are truely the only one doing them with her, she will take a lot longer to learn the signs. Just make sure that every time you say the words you want her to learn, you make the signs with your hands. Also, try moving her hands too. My son thinks it's a game, but he is starting to do more and all done. Good luck.

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Here is the website. http://www.signingtime.com/

We purchased Baby Signing Time Volumes 1 and 2...a relative is buying volume 3 and 4 for her bday.

We only have the dvds but they do also sell the flash cards and other things to help teach little ones.

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2009

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My daughter and I took a class when she was 5 months old. I've been signing consistently with her ever since, just incorporating it into our daily routine. I mostly do "milk" "water" and "more food" with her. after about 3 months she finally signed the word "milk" and now does that sign a lot, especially at night when she wants her last bottle of the night. she occassionally does "more food" but as one other member wrote, it's not a perfect sign, but i can tell that she's doing it. they do eventually get it, and when they do, it's truely amazing! just keep at it and good luck!

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We have the Baby Signing Time dvds and have been watching them for months. I just started teaching my daughter this last week and a half and she has already learned 3 signs...Eat, Drink and More. I'm not sure how much age matters but my daughter is 9 months old. Obviously the signs aren't perfect but you can definitely tell what she's signing. Keep at it...it's all about routine.

Anne - posted on 07/14/2009

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I have been doing it also, and so far the only sign he has tried is "milk" which he's not even using anymore b/c I weaned him from BM. (We use the "bottle" sign for formula.) He understands the signs but he's not tried any others. I think sometimes it can take a while before they do.

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