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Baby Sign Language Made Easy: 101 Signs to Start Communicating with Your Child Now Paperback – June 12, 2018
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Memory tip—Think of your pinky and thumbs as little kids running all over the place and having a great time.
If you make the same hand shapes, but twist them side to side together in the same direction (instead of away from each other), that is the sign for PARTY.
Just one of the many signs you'll find inside: PLAY
Make a Y hand shape (page 142) with both hands and twist them away from each other.
When to use the sign-
PLAY is a great sign to use when your baby is in a good mood and you are having fun together. Use this sign when he has a toy or you are playing with him. You can say something like, “You are having so much fun PLAYING with that shape sorter! This toy is fun to PLAY with!”
What to look for-
The Y hand shape is tricky, so your baby might just twist or shake his fists or pointer fingers excitedly.
"Amen and hallelujah for this book! As a potty training expert, I'm often met with parents who don't want to start potty training because their child isn't verbal yet. I'm always a little astounded because our children are always communicating with us, even if it doesn't look or sound like words. For me, as a parent and a parenting professional, sign language is that bridge. Our little ones understand and have so much to say before their words come. Lane's book is incredible. I wish I had this book when my son was little! So many power struggles can be avoided with sign language; when you eliminate the frustration over speaking the right words, you'd be surprised how much easier life with an early toddler can be. This book is beautiful and Lane's knowledge and compassion are superior. "—Jamie Glowacki, author of Oh Crap! Potty Training
"Baby Sign Language Made Easy is a beautiful, easy-to-understand resource about how to learn and teach baby sign language to young children. Drawing on the benefits of baby sign language for both parent and child, Ms. Rebelo not only provides a thorough collection of useful signs, but shows you exactly how to introduce them to your child. This is a must-read for any parent eager to use baby sign language." —Nina Garcia, author and parenting blogger at Sleeping Should Be Easy
“Baby Sign Language Made Easy is a must-have book for parents! Lane does a wonderful job describing how to begin teaching sign language to babies. She breaks it down into simple steps so it’s easy to know where to start. I love that she shares the top signs for different categories and that there are images of children signing. Everything you want to know about baby sign language is in this book!”—Angela Thayer, author of Play & Learn Toddler Activities Book and Blogger at TeachingMama.org
About the Author
LANE REBELO, LCSW, is the founder of Tiny Signs®, an award-winning baby sign language program providing classes, workshops, and professional trainings in the Boston area and online. Lane is a licensed social worker and worked for many years with families in the Boston area. Lane began studying American Sign Language in 2006 after her first baby was born and was amazed by all she had to say. She lives with her husband and two daughters in MetroWest Boston. You can find her online at TinySigns.net.
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This is the book I wish I'd had when my children were infants. When my first child was born, I was vaguely aware that signing with my baby would be beneficial, and somewhere I picked up a few signs: MILK, MORE, and EAT. My baby took to these signs right away, and they became valuable communication tools for us. I considered teaching my child more signs, but when I glanced at baby sign books in the library, they looked overwhelming and daunting for my sleep-deprived, new-motherhood-addled mind. My child ended up speaking early and well, but I can't help wondering what I missed out on before speech emerged. What would he have communicated to me had I introduced more signs to him? I talked to my baby all the time, but how would he have responded if he'd had the tools to communicate back to me?
I'm sure that if someone had handed me this book at that time, I would have glanced through it and been drawn in by its clear illustrations and accessible format. I would have jumped right to the chapter on the first 10 signs and introduced my child to several useful and then playful signs, and even my fatigued brain would have been able to utilize the author's concise memory tips to recall each sign. After meeting with success with these signs, I would have gone on to introduce mealtime signs, changing and getting dressed signs, bath and bedtime signs, and animal signs. I would have loved to use the author's suggestions for incorporating signing into books that we happened to already own and songs that we were already singing. During my more lucid moments of my child's first year, I would have gone back to read the author's introduction and explanation of baby signs, and I would have felt even better about making the decision to incorporate signs into our daily life.
This book is written with such loving awareness of infant development. With its anecdotes about the author's own signing experiences with her children, it feels as though a friend is patiently guiding the reader along. No wonder my 10-year-old and I were instantly taken with the book! What we missed 10 years ago, we can now understand together.
I'm really happy I bought this book and recommend it to friends.
Top international reviews
È scritto molto bene (n.b. È in inglese) e le immagini e spiegazioni sono molto chiare. Credo che sia il manuale migliore per chi vuole insegnare le basi necessarie alla prima comunicazione con i nostri bambini.