Signing Fun with Little Ones

Daddy SignDid you know that signing with your baby can actually help him to speak and understand language sooner? So many people believe that by signing with baby, they will inhibit their baby’s ability to speak as he will just rely on signing to communicate. Well this is simply not the case.

Signing can actually improve your baby’s language comprehension and ability to speak sooner. By signing with baby, we add a level of understanding that surpasses simply pointing and labelling. Not only that, but we are giving baby the tools to communicate with us long before their vocal chords are capable of producing language. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of muscle control to put the syllables together to create words. Certainly ample vocal play, as we do in our Kindermusik Village baby music class, can help strengthen those muscles and practice syllables. But your baby will not be able to communicate with you much sooner. No wonder both you and baby can experience so much frustration.

Signing can help to alleviate a lot of the communication frustration you both experience. However, it’s not as simple as just signing a few handy signs that work for you, like “milk”, “eat”, and “more”. Those signs are certainly useful for you, but not as interesting for baby. It’s much more likely that baby’s first signs will be something of interest to them, like “ball” or “music”. And it’s more likely that they will use signs more regularly if you know how to add them into your day regularly and naturally. Sounds tricky, but it’ easier than you think through some simple techniques incorporated into your playtime, bath time, reading, mealtime and everyday activities. In the Sign & Sing class here at the Sing Music Studio, you’ll learn all about how beneficial and easy it is to add signing into your day and find out, firsthand, how much signing can impact your communication with baby. New Sign & Sing class begins mid-May!

We've had our three year old enrolled in Kindermusik level 3 (3-4 yr olds) for several months. Each unit is 4 sessions and follows a unique theme (farm, garden). She is learning sing-along songs, musical elements of songs, and using a variety of simple percussion instruments. Included is access to Kindermusik electronic resources (song downloads, crafts and activities geared to the class material). The instructor we had (Nicole) is always attentive, energetic, and patient with the young ones. The program coordinator (Mandi) is communicative and accommodating. I was impressed with the speed that she was able adapt to virtual classes once the covid pandemic began. Looking forward to going back to the classroom.

Dan Coffin, Kindermusik Dad

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