I have never taken the time to write a product review before but this video is so amazing I had to. We have a 9 month old girl who was starting to become frustrated by her inability to verbally communicate. She would get mad and turn red and throw her arms down at her waist. We decided we need to find ways for her to more effectively communicate. We have never allowed her to watch any screen time so we were nervous about the video, but alas she loves it. It's the perfect length for a small baby to watch. By the second time she watched it she was signing, "milk" before her bottle time. By the end of the first week she had mastered "milk" and "baby". By the second week she had learned, "more" and "food". We are loving watching her as her brain processes these new words. We only started with the first video and it's plenty for a small baby.
I have orders his video weekly for my toddlers one who has down syndrome and one who does not they have been watching it for two months now every morning and they have picked up on signs. THEY LOVE THIS VIDEO
I started trying to teach my daughter with a mommy/baby sign class when she was around 6 or so months, and it took several months before she would sign anything back. I stayed with the basics, like eat and more. I figured there was no point in moving on if she doesn't want to use these two very common words. She did start signing back eventually, and I wanted to find away to foster this and continue with something that can be repeated. I bought volumes 1-3 of Signing Time, and she did seem to like them, but as with all infants and young toddlers, she has the attention span of a gnat. After several watches of each volume, she really started to tune in more, and started to get excited when her "friends" Alex and Leah were coming on. She was learning sign and her words at the same time. We then bought volumes 4-6. By 18 months, she knew over 30 words verbally, and about 10 in sign that she didn't say, plus there was some overlap. Now she'll be turning two next month, and she's been learning 1-4 words a day for a few months, sometimes both in sign and verbal. She LOVES these DVDs. In the past couple of weeks, she's been handing them to us to play, and calls them "Tummy Tum" and even does the signs for "Signing Time". When she points to the TV and asks for music, she means Signing Time. She squeals in excitement when these are on, and she dances to all the songs. She really does try to watch full episodes too, but she does get distracted easily still. These have helped her learn her words and her letters, as well as numbers just a bit, and we all learn sign language.
I have found signing to be very handy when she can't pronounce the English quite right, or when she adopts the same verbal word for two or more things. It's also handy in a movie theater, when she can't really talk but needs to tell me she wants to eat. Or when we're in a situation where she doesn't feel like talking, so she'll sign instead. It HAS NOT "virtually eliminated" the terrible twos as Rachel says in one or more of these DVDs. She definitely has her moments, but when I know she is capable of communicating, but is refusing, it's easier for me to ignore her until she signs or verbalizes what she wants.
My one complaint is that my daughter seems to identify a bit too much with Leah, and pronounces some words as Leah does. I'm sure this is transitory, which is why I have not deducted any stars. It's up to me to correct these things, and I know there will be plenty of other sources for mispronunciations as she grows up. It's why I don't like Baby Bear on Sesame Street, because I don't want my daughter learning to pronounce words like the character does. Leah, in a DVD like this, makes sense, as the audience will most certainly include deaf children, or friends of deaf children. And those of us who can hear will need to learn how they might pronounce something so we can make sense of it. It's like adjusting yourself to any accent. When you know where the person is from, it's easier to understand what they say.
I will say that in Volume 4, Rachel appears a bit low energy. My daughter hasn't noticed and doesn't care, so I'm not deducting stars for that either.
We will be requesting volumes 7+ for her upcoming birthday, or getting them ourselves.
Such an amazing series! My son has a speach delay and after watching these videos, he would communicate with sign language! He didn't throw as many tantrums because he learned a way to express what he was feeling. I highly recommend these DVDs!
My son had a slight speech delay and I bought this video to help him learn some additional signs to the two he was already using, "more" and "all done". I am not sure that he learned any additional signs from the video as we did not watch it a lot, but he did really enjoy the video. I think if we had reviewed the signs more after each one, or after watching all of the video he would have picked them up, but his speech rapidly caught up and we didn't have the need to focus on sign language any longer. I will sill show him the video because the children in it make it fun to watch.
I read the reviews of Signing time and didn't know a single sign or have a clue how to begin teaching it. I basically figured my daughters brain was a sponge and she'd probably pick it up better than me. I was basically looking for something more useful than the Baby Einstein DVDs. Baby Einstein just seemed like a bunch of random things with no real learning value (at least that I could measure). My daughter at 11 months was basically watching Einsten (kind of hypnotized by the screen) but would lose interest quickly.
The first few weeks with the Signing Time videos she just watched intently (Volume 1) and I would try to mimic them as I watched with her. We'd watch while she was sitting in her high chair and we were feeding her. I wasn't really sure if she was picking it up or not but she seemed entertained. A few weeks into the first DVD she started signing "more". I wasn't sure if she was really learning anything up to that point - but when she signed that first word I thougt maybe it was a fluke. Now she signs "baby", "eat", "airplane", "ball", "cat", "dog", "bird", and "sleep". About half of those signs she used on her own while either looking at a book, seeing our dog, a bird, or wanting something like "more" food or music. I will say it's convenient when your baby (mine is now 13 months) who can't speak anything but babble, can actually tell you something. She now enjoys watching the videos and signing with the video - she gets really excited like she's communicating (which she is). Now she's on to DVD 2 and 3.
I know there are those against the TV babysitter - but since this venue is proving useful (she's learning and I can sometimes duck away and wash dishes or something I need to catch up on) I'll continue to use it. By the way, I speak English as a first language and my wife speaks Japanese as a first language, so I think signing bridges the gap nicely until my daughter decides which words she's going to verbalize first (one or the other or a combination of both -she does already speak a few words). It' just another skill in her arsenal.