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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
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…
5 Reasons You’ll Love Baby Sign Language Made Easy
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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 recommend. Baby 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.
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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