This weekend is a HOT one Thank you Mr. SUN! We were going to go bike riding to Washington D.C. on a road trip quick weekend but the heat is stopping us! We'll stick to some simple relaxation (or should I say - much needed relaxation!) Mr. SUN! is HOT this weekend.
Thank you We Can Do All Things for suggesting WANT. It's a great sign. For those who are using ASL as a language to communicate through and not just a communication system to elicit early communication / pre-verbal skills, signs like WANT are important.
Another one of Little Fingers' new words is SHOES! She signs it and says it! She's even giving me her SHOES when she wants to go OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE is a big part of our lives right now (a daily occurrence, so SHOES is highly reinforcing).
Who doesn't have the Leap Frog magnets that you put on your frig?!
These magnets were introduced to Ms. Little Fingers two weeks ago.
I thought she might be too young (just 15 months) but she loves them! Granted, I do not believe she is going to learn the signs herself looking at the magnets but I do believe like her other toys, when played together she will absorb the concepts and for that - I'm happy! I show her how to make the sign she's pointing to and she attends.
There you have it! We worked on joint attention and joint referencing skills. She points (references) and looks at me - I tell her what it is she's looking at!
I also attach the signs with the ABCs with my Early Intervention clients using the Leap Frog ABC magnet. They have a great set of the ABC magnets as well which is fun. Lil's definitely too young for those (15 months) but they are definitely coming next.
A run-down about the Label & Learn Basic Signs Magnets
sturdy (she picked up one of these magnets and tried to crush it and it didn't happen. She picked up a pizza store magnet and crushed it in half immediately).
multi-purposeful (I use them in therapy too off of the refrigerator)
the size of the magnet (perhaps they could be a touch bigger)
color might be nice
Tell me, what do you think? Think outside of the box - how can you use these magnets? Perhaps you can use dry erase markers and color in the monkey signing different signs so now you're working on following directions too! The possibilities are endless!
We got the new attachment for our BIKES so Lil can ride on the back in her own little spot. She loves it so much she climbs in when she's playing outside without the BIKE ride! We're loving this being new parents thing and all these great adventures that go with it!
Lil and I are get into a book or two every day (besides for the bedtime read - because what I'm learning is I can't sign while I'm trying to put her down for sleep because she's just too interested!).
I have tons of favorites. I'll be posting more and more as the days go on. But to start I have Moo La La By Sandra Boynton because Lil has a Sandra Boynton section on her short bookshelf that she goes to religiously.
Today's only the first few pages because those are the pages we recite all day, in the car, while we playing - she loves it!
Today's request from our loyal Facebook fans was the sign STRAWBERRY for What's the Sign Wednesday. Now you will see slight variation to this depending on where you live but this is a pretty common way of how to sign STRAWBERRY.
I never would have imagined all the words coming out of this little girl! One of her newest words is HOT and she gets it! She blows on her food after she says and signs HOT.
Now I'm trying to teach her HOT in the tub because once in a blue moon when the tub water is just too HOT she'll get quite upset. Being able to carry over the understanding of HOT outside of food will be huge!
HOT is very appropriate this time of year right? For summer! It's not HOT enough yet for me to sign it, but give it a few weeks, it'll be boiling here.
(I also use HOT with describing words and opposites in therapy)
One of our new signs we sign with Ms. Little Fingers is GENTLE. She just loves jumping all over the dog and climbing and ... well you name it - she's loves him! So now we're signing GENTLE! (It turned into a situation for both of them - the dog and Lil are told GENTLE) - they surely love to rough house together!
This goes back a few weeks now but I try not to forget what my fans ask for and someone asked for GOOD NIGHT. You'll see the sign NIGHT? Think of the sun going down and you're non-dominant hand - well the sun's going over the horizon :)
I'm trying to teach Little Fingers to say 'NIGHT NIGHT' (I'll let you know how I make out )
This is a great clip from A New Day Lil watches with GOOD NIGHT songs in it
With summer right around the corner, I thought it was appropriate to have the word SWIM. Ms Lil hasn't appreciated the cold pools (even her own baby pool) like she does her warm tubs; but this weekend was the first weekend she went into her little pool by herself and went SWIMMING! So I thought the sign was definitely appropriate! Yah for Ms. Lil's next step!
Last night started our Families Signing Together class and we had a great time! I thought I'd share a sign from our class. I chose DAUGHTER because I guess I'm bias (I have a DAUGHTER). It is something I would not sign with my 15 month old currently, but in the Families Signing Together class with parents and children around ages 8, 10, and 12 - it was appropriate :)
DAUGHTER: The Sign GIRL and BABY(but BABY is modified - it doesn't have the sway in the rocking BABY motion).
I thought it was appropriate to talk about APPLAUSE. I have children with degrees of hearing loss on my case load for speech-language therapy in Early Intervention and the school system - most recently more so for EI. This week I had a great moment with a two year old, so I wanted to share....
I have been signing 'ya' APPLAUSE (versus clapping for the hearing culture) every time I provided him with praise. This week it made sense to him and seeing his face light up when I provided APPLAUSE - it makes everything worth it! Seeing him learn language and being a part of that experience .. just makes me want to APPLAUD. Lightened my heart and I had to share :)
I also wanted to APPLAUD all of those who participated in the 2-Day $10 DVD sale. I feel like I help so many families with language development and early communication skills by opening them up to the idea of using sign language in their children's lives - APPLAUSE to all those families who took that next step to jumpstart their children's communication skills! Didn't get to order? I'm finalizing right now - call call call! (or email email email!)
To go along with our Outdoors series, TREE was the next most appropriate sign. When we talk our walks as mentioned before, there's never a walk that's passed without Ms Little Fingers pointing to the TREES. So we now have:
I'm going to buy Lil a few more DVDs related to our adventures OUTSIDE and things she's doing and noticing now that she's getting older (can you believe she's almost 15 months - we were just celebrating her first birthday!!)
(now this isn't the sign for something you are crazy about
- as in you love something).
Make a C (claw shape) handshape and turn it back and forth at the side of your head - CRAZY