Welcome Winter!

Welcome Winter!

by Lane Rebelo, LCSW

Holidays and special occasions are a great time to introduce new vocabulary to your little one. Today we’re learning baby sign language for  SNOW and other fun winter signs in baby sign language (using American Sign Language).

Baby Sign Language for Winter

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite winter signs AND one of my favorite winter-themed board books that is great for teaching baby sign language to your little one. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it with your baby!

Each new season brings an opportunity to share the wonders of nature with your baby. Winter can be challenging if you’re feeling cooped up inside with your little one, but if it’s too cold to play outside or go for a walk, you can always bring a little bit of nature in for your baby to explore.

Activity Ideas

Too cold to play outside? Bring a little bit of winter inside! Fill a plastic shoebox with some snow to explore in the bathtub – just be sure those baby toes and fingers don’t get too cold. Or pick out some winter-themed books to read. You can also use some of these ideas to keep your baby busy & active indoors

In this video I’ll show you some fun winter signs and a story you can share with your baby…

 

In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign COLD, WINTER, SNOW, SNOWMAN, SNOWBALL, HAT, SHOES & BOOTS.

You’ll also learn how to sign the board book “Welcome Winter.” It looks like this cute board book is only available used on Amazon, but you can find it for a very reasonable price if you’d like to add it to your collection.

welcome winter

Learn more seasonal and holiday signs!

Tell me in the comments: What winter sign are you most interested in teaching your little one?

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The Best Baby Sign Language Book

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With Baby Sign Language Made Easy you and your child will quickly learn to communicate about everything that goes on in their little world―and you’ll have fun doing it.

Signs for Valentine’s Day

Signs for Valentine’s Day

by Lane Rebelo, LCSW

Holidays and special occasions are a great time to introduce new vocabulary to your little one. Today we’re learning how to sign I LOVE YOU and other Valentine’s Day signs in baby sign language (using American Sign Language). There’s nothing sweeter than the first time your little one says – or signs – I love you!

Is there anything sweeter than your baby's first Valentine's Day? Learn how to teach your baby the ASL sign for I LOVE YOU - and other Valentine's Day-themed signs with Lane Rebelo, author of the bestselling book, Baby Sign Language Made Easy.It’s Valentine’s Day!

It’s the time of year where we celebrate love and share cards, flowers & chocolates with those near and dear to us. It’s Valentine’s Day!

Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are often lots of new things to see.

In January and February, everywhere you go you’ll find hearts and candy everywhere… heart shape balloons…teddy bears holding hearts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.

I LOVE YOU in Baby Sign Language

Now that my kids are “big kids,” we don’t sign that much throughout the day. But I LOVE YOU is the one sign I can say that we still use every single day. It’s become a part of our goodbye and good night routines, and brings comfort to both my kids and me.

The sign for I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language is special because it combines the ASL signs for the letters “I,” “L” (for “love”) and “Y” (for “you”) into one unique sign.

Want to teach your baby how to sign I LOVE YOU in baby sign language? Learn the ASL signs for LOVE and I LOVE YOU (and more!) in this free Valentine's Day themed video lesson from Tiny Signs.

Isn’t I-LOVE-YOU too hard to sign?

I would rate this sign as difficult – an infant or young toddler will not yet have the fine motor control to get their little fingers into this complex position just yet.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it!

Usually little ones don’t get this one just right until they are at least 2 years old (or more!). But until then, they will do their best effort (the fancy word for this is “approximation”) which is still amazing. Most toddlers I’ve seen do this sign do a version with just their pointer finger up. It reminds me of those “We’re #1!” foam hands you’ve seen at sporting events, which always make me giggle.

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More Signs for Valentine’s Day

There are so many fun signs you can use around Valentine’s Day! In the below video, I’ll show you how to sign VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE, I LOVE YOU, CANDY, CHOCOLATE and SWEETHEART in American Sign Language.

Video Guide

00:12 HEART/VALENTINE
00:30 LOVE
00:42 I, LOVE, YOU
00:52 I-L-Y
01:14 FLOWER
01:30 CANDY
01:40 CHOCOLATE
02:00 SWEETHEART

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How to Sign “Where is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz in Baby Sign Language

At the 02:16 mark in the above video I’ll show you how to sign along to the lift-the-flap book, “Where Is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz which you can add to your collection if you don’t already have it. It’s super cute and has great vocabulary for Valentine’s Day.


You’ll learn how to sign WHERE, BALLOON, CHOCOLATE, CANDY, BEAR, COOKIE and MOM in American Sign Language so you can sign & read this sweet book to your little one.

Bonus: Free Printable!

Free Baby Sign Language PrintableI’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do these signs. Just enter your email below and I’ll send it straight to your inbox.

 

Learn more seasonal and holiday signs!

Thanks for watching!

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below…

 

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The Best Baby Sign Language Book

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With Baby Sign Language Made Easy you and your child will quickly learn to communicate about everything that goes on in their little world―and you’ll have fun doing it.

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Babies & toddlers love things that go! Cars, trains & planes are fascinating to look at and make interesting sounds. Your young toddler might have a little ride-on toy that looks like a bus or tricycle, or maybe he’s fascinated with fire engines and police cars. Or maybe you’ve got a little one who looooves tractors. If this sounds like your little one, you’re going to love this free mini lesson!

Teach your baby sign language with fun vehicle signs using this free video + printable guide. Learn how to sign AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK + more

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In today’s free baby sign language mini-lesson I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite American Sign Language signs that you can use to teach your baby signs for things that go. You can use these when you’re playing with toys, reading a book (see my favorites below!), or pointing out vehicles when you’re out & about.

Have Fun Learning Transportation Signs!

In today’s video you’ll learn how the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK, TRACTOR, TRAIN, FIRE TRUCK, POLICE CAR, AMBULANCE and SIREN.

Vehicle Signs

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Great Board Books for Teaching Your Baby Signs for Vehicles

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle
  2. Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz
  3. Away We Go! Disney Book Group
  4. Baby Touch and Feel: Things That Go by DK Publishing
  5. Vehicles by Xavier Deneux
  6. My First Vehicles by Max & Sid
  7. That’s Not My Train by Fiona Watt

Bonus! Free Printable…

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do many of these signs.

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Teach your baby sign language with fun vehicle signs using this free video + printable guide. Learn how to sign AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK + more

 

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

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Where to find the best baby sign Language books, videos, and more

Parents often ask me what the best resources are for teaching your baby sign language. What is the best baby sign language book? Do I need to take a class? Can you recommend a DVD? Flashcards?

These are great questions! To help make it easier for you to find the baby sign language tools you need, I’ve created a list of my favorite resources to help you get started.

The Ultimate Baby Sign Language Resource Guide

Looking for the best baby sign language book, videos and flash cards? So many people have asked me what I recommend, so I put this resource guide to help!

 

The Best Baby Sign Language Book

I don’t know about you, but when I want to learn something new, I head straight to Amazon or the library to see if there’s a good book on the topic.

After recommending books I didn’t love for many years, in 2018 I had the opportunity to write the book that had all the tips & strategies I teach my students. Obviously, I’m totally biased, but I love this book! Below are 5 reasons I think you’ll love it too…

Best Baby Sign Language Book5 Reasons You’ll Love Baby Sign Language Made Easy

  1. It’s short & sweet and gets right to the point
    I wrote this book with the busy (and tired!) new parent in mind. No fluff, no filler. It gets right to the good stuff so you can get started signing right away.
  2. It teaches you how to teach your baby to sign
    Step-by-step instructions walk you through exactly what you need to do to succeed. You’ll also find answers to all your questions about baby sign language.
  3. It’s filled with tips & strategies
    A comprehensive troubleshooting guide and tips throughout the book will make sure you avoid the common mistakes that most parents make.
  4. It’s beautifully illustrated
    The illustrated ASL signs are colorful, accurate and easy to understand. Additionally, you’ll find video instructions on how to do every sign in the book in my online baby sign language video dictionary. Each sign has clear instructions, memory tips, suggestions on how to use the sign, as well as how to recognize your baby’s version of the sign.
  5. It’s filled with songs, books & activities 
    Every chapter wraps up with fun & easy ways to incorporate sign language into your daily routines with your baby, including board books, song and games you already know.

Get your copy of Baby Sign Language Made Easy today!

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

Ok, I’m just going to be put it out there: I hate flash cards.

Parents often ask me about them, and honestly, I’m just not a fan. In my experience, they don’t create the type of interaction that babies need at this stage of their development. When I see parents using flashcards, they almost always fall into a routine of asking their baby, “What’s this? And what’s this?” This ‘quizzing’ type of interaction is not the sort of conversational communication that babies need to build their budding language skills.

So what’s a parent to do?

Seeing the need to have a handy reference, I created my own baby sign language printable charts for parents and teachers to use at home and in the classroom. These printable charts are organized by theme and can be printed or used on an iPad or other device. I find them to be more useful than flashcards because they help remind you to sign, and how to do the sign, but still allow you to interact in a conversational way with your baby.

For example…

It’s bath time and you’re just getting your little one into the water. You’ve got your Bath Time Signs printable handy (in a plastic page protector so it stays dry), so you can refer to it as you chat and bathe your baby. You sign WATER as baby splashes and plays, and then you sign COLD when baby shivers as it’s time to get dry.

The baby sign language printable charts are affordable and available for purchase so you can start using them today!

GET YOUR BABY SIGN LANGUAGE PRINTABLE CHARTS HERE >>

Baby Sign Language DVDs

There are some extremely high-quality baby sign language DVDs available that your family might enjoy. A good video is both educational and entertaining to watch and provides lots of opportunities to learn and practice new signs. You can really build and expand your sign language vocabulary using videos.

That being said, I usually find DVDs to be more useful for toddlers who are already signing.

Even if you’re not completely avoiding screen time for your little one, you’re probably not going to want to park your 6-month-old infant in front of a screen. Research has shown that young children learn best through human interaction, not from passively watching videos, so your little one will always learn best from you.

I recommend you get started with baby sign language by introducing signs to your baby yourself. And if you’re interested in adding in some video entertainment to help expand your vocabulary, there is really only one baby sign language DVD series I ever recommendBaby Signing Time is the gold standard in baby sign language videos. You can find them on Amazon, or you can sign up for Signing Time’s great online streaming service if you want access to the whole collection at an affordable price. My kids loved them, many of my students have enjoyed them and if you’re looking for a DVD, I’m sure you’ll love them too.

Baby Sign Language Classes

A baby sign language class with a skilled instructor can be a great way to learn how to sign with your little one. Plus you’ll get the added bonus of meeting other new parents in your community. Baby sign language classes generally meet weekly for a series of classes and teach signs, songs and strategies over the course of the session. You’ll learn tons of songs & activities that you can use at home and get tips & strategies from your instructor.

To find a class, just do a quick search online for baby sign language class near me. Or ask around at the library or other places where you meet other new parents.

Have fun learning to sign with other new parents in a baby sign language class

Have fun learning to sign with other new parents in a baby sign language class

Unfortunately, it might be hard to find a class in your area, and if there is one, it might be too far or on a day or time that doesn’t work for you. If that’s the case, you might want to look into an online baby sign language class that allows you the flexibility to learn from home and on your own schedule.

Baby Sign Language Online Classes

An online class is the next best thing to a live class. A good online class includes video instruction on signing, lessons with tips and strategies, printable guides and resources, an experienced instructor who is available to answer all your questions, and an interactive community (like an online forum or a private Facebook group) where you can connect with other parents who are learning too.

Online classes are a great solution for busy parents who want the flexibility of learning online. They’re also ideal for anyone who doesn’t have time or access to in-person classes. You can work through the material at your own pace (and in your PJs!) and refer back to it in the future, should you need a refresher. A quality online course also offers a community experience where you can interact with other parents to learn and support each other through the process. Direct access to a knowledgeable and experienced instructor sets a quality online course apart from “courses” that provide little more than an online video dictionary.

To find a good online baby sign language class, check the credentials of the person offering the program to make sure they have completed training in this field. Look to see if they have a background in child development, early childhood education or speech/language development, as well as a solid knowledge of American Sign Language.

I am more than a little biased here, but I spent more than 2 years creating Tiny Signs Online, a comprehensive online course to teach your baby sign language. This program offers EVERYTHING you need and is exactly what I wish I had when I was muddling my way through signing with my first baby. If an online course sounds like the way to go for you, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

So there you have it…

I hope you enjoyed this round up of my favorite resources and tools for learning baby sign language. If you have any more questions about signing with your baby, please share it in the comments below and I’ll be sure to respond. If an online baby sign language course if for you, I invite you to join me in Tiny Signs Online – you won’t regret it!

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