So I have gone over the who, what, where, how, why and when of signing. Today I am going to go over a little more about the when and what.
Signing Can Be Incorporated Into Everyday Activities
As I have said many times, language is not learned in a bubble. Children learn language all day, every day, within every activity they take part in. This is important to keep in mind as you think about how to incorporate teaching your little ones signs. Remember: sign language is just that, language. Therefore, the more you can sign, the more your little one will learn. And the more relevant those signs are that you are teaching your little ones to them, the quicker they will pick them up and use them! So…how and when can you weave sign language into your day? Let me give you some examples!
- Wake up: When your little one wakes you can greet her with a hello, Good Morning and snuggles…maybe some milk and an “I love you.”
- Diaper changes: This is a great time to introduce the sign for diaper!
- Getting Dressed: Yup…we gotta get dressed so this is a great time to introduce some simple signs like shoes and socks or hat.
- Breakfast: All meal times are excellent times to introduce signing vocabulary. The signs more, all done, and please are great ones to use during meal times, but don’t forget to teach her the names of some of her favorite foods! Maybe banana, apple, bread, or waffle would be good ones to start with!