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SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit - Includes: Book, How-to Tutorial DVD, and Quick Reference Guide
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Parents looking for a new way to communicate and bond with their infant and/or toddler now have one - this video, book and chart that teach elementary ASL signing. Eye contact, interaction and language development all get a boost from the kit, which is aimed at ages 6 months to 3 years. Plus, with a few of the simple signs in hand, the little ones can actually help mom and dad figure out what they need. (Eat? Up? More?) Parents who stick with it may also see a broader social advantage: bridging that communication barrier between deaf and hearing people of all ages. A Parents' Choice® Recommendation!
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There are basically 2 different methods for signing with your baby: Joseph Garcia's (you're teaching American Sign Language) & "Baby Signs" (you're making up your own sign language). Through the first - Joseph Garcia's system - your little one is actually learning a second language.
The advantages to his method are:
-ASL signs are nearly universal
-many childcare centers are teaching ASL and will reinforce at the center what you are already teaching at home. In other words, you won't have to teach every teacher or different caregiver, relative, etc. the special "Baby Signs" that you and your baby have created to communicate.
-There are a lot of supplemental materials with this system as well -like videos to watch with your baby, cute little posters at teacher-supply stores, books to read and practice signing with your baby, and even flashcards (I highly recommend using supplemental materials).
On the other hand, the disadvantages are:
-You, the parent, are also learning a new language and it is very time-consuming to study these signs (you really have to dedicate yourself).
-Also, some ASL signs are simply too complex for babies to learn...
Which is why "Baby Signs" was created. This is a method where you basically "wing it." You can either use the suggestions for signs offered in the book, create your own, or follow your baby's lead when he invents a sign, but you're supposed to be consistent. The advantages to this method are:
-They are much easier for baby to learn - so you wind up communicating faster with them.Read more ›
Fast forward to tonight: this evening we were at the mall doing some shopping for baby clothes when we happened to look down at baby seated in his stroller. He was making the "change" sign all by himself. A hoist and a sniff confirmed that he was right! It was time to change his diaper. A few minutes later he also signed "eat" to indicate he was hungry.
He's also been making the "milk" sign for about a week at appropriate moments, and by eye direction and excitement level we know he also knows more words like "Mommy," "kitty," (we have a cat), and several others.
I can't tell you how thrilling this is! If you have or are expecting a kid, or know someone else who is, you really ought to look into it!
Well, I tried Baby Signs and found it to be full of talk about using Baby Signs and short on instruction on when, where, how and why to use Baby Signs. Making signs up was very frustrating - I'm not a creative-type person. I want a system that's proven and works. Then I found Joseph Garcia's book here at Amazon.com. Garcia's book is excellent!
Garcia's book is clearly written. It tells you exactly why, when, where and how to use American Sign Language with your baby. Garcia also reviews several studies reporting the benefits of sign language for hearing children. The instructions on how to teach the signs and how to make the signs are quite detailed and specific, so you'll know exactly what to do. (But not so detailed that you're lost!) Garcia also discusses how children sign differently than adults and how their signs may change as their signing ability improves. This is useful in "detecting" a child's first attempts to use a sign. If you're not watching carefully, you'll miss them!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You could probably save your money and just learn it all online.Published 1 month ago by Angelica Carrion
This is great! I love that it is American sign language and not some made up thing. There is a lot of good info included in this set. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marissa
Disappointed with this Sign with your Baby kit. If you are absolutely new to signing and have not done any signing research , this may be helpful to you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by catwoman
informative for someone not familiar with signing, but short on the actual sign training.Published 3 months ago by K. Bair
I like the book in this set. My baby is only 2 1/2 months old, but I read the book out loud to him at night. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicola
We love this kit! The DVD is very helpful(even though it was shot in the 90's) and we started signing at 4 months with responding signs from our baby at about 5 months old. Read morePublished 4 months ago by New Mom in Missouri
This book was a great resource for baby sign language. It seemed that Joseph Garcia was the expert on this topic. The DVDs were also a good resource.Published 5 months ago by Kaitlin McGuirk
The video and book seemed to do more self-advertising then actual teaching of any signs... It's dated and self-grandiose. I found it an immense waste of money.Published 6 months ago by Paul T. Welter