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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Pap/DVD Ex edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401921590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401921590
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Monta Briant first discovered baby sign language when she was expecting her first child. She began signing with her daughter, Sirena, when she was 6 months old, and was so impressed with the results that she felt compelled to share what her family had learned with other parents and caregivers of young children.

Monta offers classes, workshops, and storytimes throughout San Diego County. Her Baby Sign Language Basics series of products includes everything parents need for signing success, including several books, an instructional DVD, flash cards, and the Songs for Little Hands Music CD and Activity Guide.


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Monta Zelinsky Briant, a 7th generation native of San Francisco, moved to San Diego in 1998 with husband Paul Briant (of Cape Town, South Africa) in order to find more affordable housing, more sunshine, and start a family.

In 2000, Monta and Paul welcomed their first child, Sirena, into the world, and soon began signing with her. Signing with Sirena was such and amazing experience for Zelinsky-Briant family, that Monta felt compelled to share signing with other families, and began teaching classes in 2001. The classes eventually caught the attention of Hay House Publishing, and Monta's first book, Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers (Hay House 2004), quickly became the best-selling book on the topic, being published in a half dozen foreign language editions as well. In 2004, when the family welcomed a little brother, Aiden, to the family, big sister Sirena was a big help teaching her new brother signs!

Both children have outgrown signing as a primary means of communication, but they still remember most of their signs, and continue to find them useful in a variety of situations. Nowadays, Monta get's her baby-signing-fix with the little signers in her classes. "It always seems like a miracle every time a tiny baby does a new sign in class-- even though I've seen it thousands of times now, I get just as excited as the parents do!" says Monta. "I always walk out of every class I teach absolutely walking on air-- it's the most fulfilling job in the world".

Customer Reviews

I'm glad I purchased this book, got one for mama also.
Debbie
This book and DVD were all we needed to teach our daughter sign language.
Julie B.
Very easy to understand signs using books illustrations and the DVD.
Brittany

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By NV on January 12, 2011
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This is a perfect starter set to teach your baby sign. It has the right amount of detail, going into what steps to take to set yourself up for success, and what pitfalls to avoid. The first half of the book is an easy guide on how to teach your baby sign, the second half of the book is a dictionary/index with the words and pictures of how to sign them. The DVD is pretty basic, the most helpful being an index of all the words -- you can select the word and it shows you a video of someone doing the actual sign which is a nice supplement to the pictures in the book. Based on reviews, I purchased on Amazon the "Sign Babies ASL Flash Cards, Set One: First Words" also, and they are great. They are not laminated but I got them laminated at FedEx Kinkos for $10 and that has been a perfect supplement to this book. Highly recommended!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By kb17 on July 25, 2012
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OUR EXPERIENCE WITH SIGNING:

I'd read about baby signing a little before my son was born and decided it was something I wanted to try. I bought the Baby SIgn Language Basics DVD when I did not receive it as a shower gift. I wasn't sure how it would go, especially as my husband wasn't as enthusiastic as I was about it. Around six months, I started signing "more" with my son a little, then kinda gave up because he just looked like he was too young to really be taking it in. Then, out of the blue one day, he signed "more" to me while I was feeding him! I couldn't believe it! I hadn't even been consistently using the sign, yet he had still picked up on it. This made me realize that you don't have to be religious with the signing for it to work. After that, it was much less intimidating. So we started adding a few more easy signs. Eat, milk, mommy, daddy, cookie, cracker, fruit. He picked up on it so quickly!

I cannot explain how amazing it is to be able to communicate with your child before they can form words. Even after my son began "talking," we wouldn't have known what he was trying to say most of the time without the signs to go along with it. Some people worry that signing can slow speech development, but if I'm not mistaken, there's research to the contrary. In our experience, I think maybe our son was slower to begin speaking out loud, but he could still sign more words than his peers could say and in the long run I think this gave him an advantage. While "speaking" was a slower concept for him to develop, he had a head start on the concept of "communicating." I think him being able to tell us what he wanted helped us avoid some tantrums and fussing. Talking was kinda like a light bulb to him.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Julie B. on January 4, 2010
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This book and DVD were all we needed to teach our daughter sign language. It was easy to read and follow. The ideas and methods make sense and we've had a blast with it. We gave it to her daycare providers so they could get involved as well. We started teaching her signs at 10 mos. She is now 14 mos and signs regularly. She loves to use her signs and you can tell how tickled she is that she can communicate to use without just pointing and whining. Great product!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By monkeybean on January 8, 2013
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The introductory material is good, and the pictures/diagrams of the particular signs are very helpful. But the choices of signs are somewhat odd. It doesn't include 'cereal', 'yogurt', or 'egg', but does include 'alligator', 'snake,' and 'rat'. WTF? My husband and I have had much hilarity signing messages involving 'rat'.

More seriously, by the time my child is in a position to learn anything about zoo animals, she'll be able to learn the words. Certainly that's my experience with the toddlers around me.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Janell on May 26, 2012
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This first 122 pages provides an excellent introduction into baby sign pedagogy. The remaining 328 pages, the appendix, are a sign dictionary that have the word I want four times out of five.

The first section does a fine job telling me the hows, whens, whys, and potential stumbling blocks in using baby sign. This information alone was worth investing in the bok.

However, I'd really prefer the appendix to be ordered by conversation subject rather than by alphabetical order. It'd be nice to have the words related to diaper changes in one section (dirty, clean, diaper, change) and all the zoo animals in another section (giraffe, tiger, zebra).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bradford P Crain on August 14, 2010
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Remember how you learned about the mantra "practice, practice, practice," in school, sports, music, dance, etc. - you name your own childhood activity?? ... Well, it's true....repetition creates awesome results. Reading this book will give you all the skills you need to know to teach your baby/child how to communicate at an early age. It takes practice and repetition, of course, but don't all good things in life require this....plus a little patience? :o)

Monta Briant's book is really a lifesaver when it comes to combating toddler frustration! My 8 month-old son started with the sign 'fan', and now at 17 month-old son is really starting to 'blossom' with his signing skills. He recently started taking a keen interest in Monta's flashcards too. Particularly the photos of her signing, which he always ignored before! It is really exciting to see his signing vocabulary growing along with his new, increased hand-eye coordination. Ms. Briant is incredibly gifted at helping parents communicate with our kiddos! If you don't believe in baby sign language....doubt no more, just try it and you will be surprised!!
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