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Sunday, April 28, 2013

The ideal age for Play & Sign classes | San Antonio Baby Sign Language Classes

The most frequent question I receive from parents about classes is:
Is my child too young/too old to attend?

My answer is invariably NO. Classes are for young babies, active toddlers, and inquisitive preschoolers! The level of participation varies by child, of course, but learning some American Sign Language is beneficial for all ages.

The ideal age for Play & Sign classes | San Antonio Baby Sign Language Classes

Babies
Once your baby starts to have longer awake periods, you'll notice him observing everything in his world--namely, your face! ASL is a very demonstrative language, so your child will enjoy watching your facial expressions and body movements during class and while you practice at home. Play & Sign classes are full of songs, rhymes, and visual stimulation for your baby and you will learn fun and easy ways to incorporate signing into your daily routine at home.

Toddlers
The ideal age for Play & Sign classes | San Antonio Baby Sign Language Classes
As your baby grows, so does her environment! Toddlers love to explore and experience new things through tactile play. If your child is focused on learning to walk, run and climb, she may be slower to express herself through speech--and that's totally normal! Equipping her with a concrete way to communicate with you increases confidence and fosters the emotional connection between parent/child. (Would you rather she point and whine or show you a sign?) Play & Sign classes are full of brightly illustrated stories, silly games, and new friends, perfect for toddlers!

Preschoolers

The ideal age for Play & Sign classes | San Antonio Baby Sign Language ClassesYou may think, "My child is speaking already; why should we start/keep signing?" Many preschool children need extra practice with fine motor skills to build dexterity and strength needed to hold a pencil in kindergarten--what's more fun than practicing with a "secret language" that you can use to communicate non-verbally across the room? Learning American Sign Language is also a great way to build your child's vocabulary (eg. make the sign for SAD when you come across the word distressed in a story) and clarify what he's trying to express when he's struggling to find the correct word. Our Play & Sign classes prepare a child for kindergarten with weekly reinforcement of letters, numbers, and colors, in addition to all the fun songs, stories, crafts and games!

Play & Sign classes are for the whole family! If you're interested in taking a class, please check the Lone Star Signers Facebook page for the current schedule and availability.
The ideal age for Play & Sign classes | San Antonio Baby Sign Language Classes
Photo courtesy of Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News
 (We are homeschooling-friendly!! At least one member of the family needs to be between the ages of 0-5, per Signing Time Academy policy.)

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