I've taken four, count them, four Spanish classes. I can pretty much say "cat" and thanks to the fact that...
I've taken four, count them, four Spanish classes. I can pretty much say "cat" and thanks to the fact that my first real high school boyfriend was Hispanic, I can swear like a sailor in Spanish. baby signsWhy don't I know more after four classes? Mainly, I think because I took Spanish as an adult. We don't learn languages as well once we're older (I'm worse than the norm though). But as a kid I took sign language and I got pretty good and have even used it for work. My kid brain took to sign like a duck to water. It seemed obvious that I should teach my son sign language when he was a baby. It's a good thing I did too because he was a late talker. His signs helped me know when he wanted to eat or when he needed a specific item from a tall shelf. Here's what you need to know to teach your baby sign language: Start your baby with sign at a young age: Six or seven months is perfect timing, although I started a bit sooner than that. I just started signing to Cedar from the time he was born. But babies don't truly have the ability to understand signing or the dexterity necessary to sign back until about six months. If your an adult who does not know sign: You can take a class, get flashcards or a DVD (great methods of learning with your baby), or pick up a book. Some places even offer mama and baby classes. Don't worry: If you sign once in a while and forget at other times, it's no big deal. Also, research shows that babies do not have delayed speech if you teach them to sign. If your baby's a late talker, (like mine) he's a late talker period. My son is still the silent type; it's just his personality. Use everyday situations: Teaching your baby signs like "mama, eat, sleep, book, water, bathroom" is an easier and more normal task than taking on signs like "carnival or boating accident." This seems like a given; yet, I've seen parents get a little too ambitious.Your baby will understand signs about his own world much quicker than unrelated obscure signs. Use what you do daily. When you read to your baby make the sign for book. My son is six now and fairly sufficient at certain signs and can't remember others. Such as he can sign most of the alphabet on his own but still needs a little help on harder letters. It's an ongoing learning process in a talking household. Now we're looking into classes we can take together. The best signing classes are usually offered by schools for hearing impaired individuals. But you can just type "sign language classes" and the name of your area into an internet search. To learn more visit Planet Baby Signs. Is this something you've thought about for your baby?

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