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.

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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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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.

Baby Sign Language for Fall and Halloween!

Baby Sign Language for Fall and Halloween!

Baby Sign Language for HALLOWEEN!

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  HALLOWEEN and other Autumn and Halloween signs in baby sign language (using American Sign Language).

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It’s Halloween!

It’s Fall! The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and there are pumpkins and Halloween decorations everywhere you turn.

Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are so many new things to see.

In the fall, everywhere you go you’ll find pumpkins and candy everywhere… costumes and even spooky ghosts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.

Plus there’s nothing I love more than babies in costumes. I mean, seriously! it’s the cutest thing ever!

Using Baby Sign Language to Communicate about New Experiences

Holidays and seasons bring lots of opportunities to teach your baby new signs as babies are naturally curious about the different decorations they see all around them. In the photo below, one of my adorable Tiny Signs students (seriously, how stinkin’ cute is he!?) is signing “BALL!” excitedly on a visit to the local pumpkin patch, letting his mom & dad know that he thinks all the pumpkins look like balls. So clever!

 

 

More Signs for Halloween and Autumn

In this following video you’ll learn how to sign PUMPKIN, TREE, RAIN, COLD, COSTUME, HALLOWEEN & CANDY in American Sign Language (ASL).

 

Video Guide

00:15 PUMPKIN
00:37 TREE
01:00 LEAF
01:20 RAIN
01:25 COLD
01:40 COSTUME
01:55 HALLOWEEN
02:09 CANDY
02:20 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Learn more seasonal and holiday signs!

Thanks for watching!

What are you dressing your baby as for Halloween? 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.

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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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.

Baby Signing at the Beach!

Baby Signing at the Beach!

Head to the Beach and Learn Some New Signs!

A trip to the beach brings new sights, smells & textures and ignites your baby’s senses. An exciting & stimulating environment is a perfect time to introduce your little one to new words & signs.

This video + printable will give you the tools you need to teach your baby some fun & useful American Sign Language (ASL) signs.

Today I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite signs for things you’ll see at the beach. You might also enjoy teaching your little one signs for the amazing creatures that can be found in the ocean.

Have fun at the beach!

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign WATER, WAVE, OCEAN, HOT, SUN, SKY, BIRD, SWIM, BOAT, FISH, HAT, UMBRELLA, TOWEL, SAND, BUCKET, SHOVEL, BALL and SHELL.

Beach Signs 

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I’ve also created a printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do  9 of these signs. You can find it in the Tiny Signs Printable Shop.

 

 

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Learn 10 ASL signs for Easter

Learn 10 ASL signs for Easter

Do you know how to sign bunny?

It’s spring and everywhere you turn you’ll find bunnies, eggs and (best of all) chocolate! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or another Springtime holiday, this time of year is a great time to introduce some new words and signs to your little one or students.

Easter season is a great opportunity to learn the American Sign Language signs for EGG, BUNNY and more. There are plastic eggs at every checkout line and they make a great tool for supervised play and learning. In fact, Pinterest is filled with great ideas for activities for young children that incorporate plastic eggs.

And you don’t have to bring lots of sugar into the mix to make those plastic eggs interesting. Hide little toys or other unexpected items in each egg. You can also use this as a vocabulary building opportunity by placing items that you’d like to teach the sign for in each egg. Hide a small toy car in an egg and then teach the ASL sign for CAR when your little one finds it!

It doesn’t take much to surprise and delight your baby, so take advantage of this.  Let your baby play with a bucket full of plastic eggs… or supervise some sensory play with real (or pretend) grass. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life this holiday and remember to snap some photos or videos as well.

Now I’d love to show you how to sign some of my favorite signs for Easter in the video below. You’ll learn how to sign EGG, EASTER, RABBIT, CANDY, CHOCOLATE, CHICKEN, BASKET, GRASS, HIDE & SEEK. I hope you enjoy!

American Sign Language (ASL) Signs for Easter

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Instructions for 10 ASL Signs for Easter

Use the below instructions to help you remember how to do 10 ASL Signs for Easter or scroll down to download a beautiful color printable guide to print and keep as a helpful reference.

EGG – Make a “U” handshape with both hands (pointer & middle finger extended). Tap the fingers of your dominant hand on top of the fingers of the opposite hand and then move them apart and down to represent cracking an egg.

EASTER – Do the same motions as the sign for EGG (above) but with an “E” handshape. Another way to sign EASTER is to make an “E” handshape and wave it side-to-side.

RABBIT Place your hands at the sides or your head with your palms facing back and bend your 2 fingers backwards to show the rabbit’s floppy ears.

CANDY – Place the tip of your pointer finger at your cheek and twist it.

CHOCOLATE – Place your hand in a “C” handshape on top of your opposite fist and circle it around like you are stirring melted chocolate.

CHICKEN – Open and close your pointer & thumb in front of your mouth.

BASKET – Place your non-dominant hand in front of you to represent the top of the basket and show the shape of the bottom of the basket by moving your dominant hand from wrist to elbow of your opposite arm.

GRASS – Make a “claw” handshape with your dominant hand and brush your palm away from your chin 2 times.

HIDE – “Hide” your fist (with a thumbs up handshape) under the palm of your opposite hand.

SEEK – Circle your “C” handshape in front of your face.

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  a few of these signs. Just click the image below to have it sent straight to your inbox!

I hope you enjoyed this free video and printable on how to do 10 ASL signs for Easter! Have fun enjoying this fun time of year and learning something new.

Leave me a comment below on how you’re using any of these signs with your little one or classroom. I’d love to hear from you!

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Thanks for watching and Happy Spring!

 

9 American Sign Language Signs for Spring

9 American Sign Language Signs for Spring

What Will You Do To Make This Spring Special With Your Little One

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Spring is coming and there are so many ways to enjoy this season with your little one! It’s a great time of year to explore nature, even if it’s from your back porch or the playground. There are leaves, bugs, flowers and so much more to explore and experience.

As you are out enjoying the wonders of Spring, you can also take the opportunity to introduce & expand your child’s vocabulary with the help of American Sign Language.

Think Spring! Learn 9 ASL signs with a Spring theme in this free video, as well as a list of fun Spring activities & books for babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Download a free printable of the signs as well!

Here are a few ideas of things you can do in the spring with your little one:

  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
    Use a carrier or stroller if your baby isn’t walking yet, but if you’ve got a toddler or preschooler, let them walk and explore! You might not cover too much territory, but it will be a wonderful experience for them to get to touch and explore things.
  • Visit a local farm.
    Spring is a great time to visit the farm as there are often lots of animal babies to see. You can learn some American Sign Language signs for farm animals here.
  • Blow some bubbles.
    There’s nothing better than blowing bubbles on a nice spring day. People always ask me what kind of bubbles I use in my classes and storytimes. It’s top secret though. ;)

Think Spring! Learn 9 ASL signs with a Spring theme in this free video, as well as a list of fun Spring activities & books for babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Download a free printable of the signs as well!

  • Play at the playground.
    Enjoy the beautiful weather while swinging and sliding at the local playground. You can learn some American Sign Language signs for the playground here.
  • Have a picnic!
    Take a blanket and your lunch outside and share some of your favorite foods under the shade of a tree.
  • Read a book about spring time – here are some of my faves:

  • Learn some American Sign Language signs for spring!
    How do you learn ASL signs for spring? Easy! Watch the video below I made just for you and learn how to sign 9 spring-themed signs.

9 ASL Signs for Springtime

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign SPRING, RAIN, FLOWER, UMBRELLA, BUG, WORMS, BUTTERFLY, GRASS,and BIRD.

Instructions for 9 ASL Signs for Spring

Use the below instructions to help you remember how to do 9 ASL Signs for Springtime or scroll down to download a beautiful color printable guide to print and keep as a helpful reference.

Spring – Fingers of dominant hand come up through “C” shape of non-dominant hand. Fingers open as hand rises to show a plant growing out of the ground

Rain – Bend your wrists and and bring your hands down to show the rain falling

Flower – Touch your fingertips to both sides of your nose like you are smelling a flower

Umbrella – Stack your closed fists and lift the top one like you are opening an umbrella

Bug – Put your thumb on your nose and bend your pointer and middle finger together like a bug’s antennae wriggling

Worm – Wiggle your pointer finger across your opposite palm from wrist to fingers to show a worm wriggling through the earth

Butterfly – With palms facing body, cross hands and hook thumbs then bend your fingers to show wings flapping

Grass – Place your palm under your chin with fingers curved upward and brush upwards

Bird – Open and close your pointer and thumb in front of your mouth like a bird’s beak

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Plan to enjoy this Spring!

So now you know 9 new ASL signs that you can use as you play and explore this spring! Use these signs, as well as the list of fun activities above, to help plan some low-key and fun experiences. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to make some memories you’ll keep forever!

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PS And don’t forget to download your free printable of spring signs below!

 

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