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The idea of knowing what's going on in my baby's mind is just so exciting to me; she's this perfect little person with so much to say, and I really wanted to be able to help her express her thoughts and feelings.
That's a good reason- getting into their little minds to know what they are thinking
I started signing with babies to cut down on frustration. I worked at a daycare where I had twelve babies nine months to twenty fours months old. To say that it got chaotic would be a gross understatement! There were times that they all wanted something, and it was impossible to determine what. My co-worker and I started signing with them shortly after I learned about it in one of my psychology of language classes. It was mostly an experiment, but it became the best teaching tool we had. I noticed so many improvements in our classroom after a couple months of signing- no screaming about what they wanted, fewer fights, and best of all FEWER BITING INCIDENTS. This one I always bold, because I didn't expect that, but it makes sense. They bite to communicate "stop" or "mine" or "I'm mad" but with signing they can sign these things, and the sign for "stop" is quick and sharp, so that act kind of took place of biting.
It was so successful in my classroom, there was no way that I was going to stop when I had my own kids. To give them the power of communication is one of the greatest things that we can do for them. It cuts back on frustration, helps to form a bond between caregiver and child, and cuts back on behavioral problems that arose from not being able to communicate.
So yes, I do admit for using my son to satisfy my own curiosities about how children learn language. Yes, I admit that he is part of an ongoing "experiment" that I started years and years ago in my classroom. BUT, it really is so much more than that. I wouldn't be doing it if I wasn't 100% convinced of the benefits that my children will gain from it.
Click the blinkies!
Thank You, Pattyandthemoos, for my beautiful siggy!