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Are any of you getting excited yet about the upcoming holidays? I am! Here are some holiday signing tips sent to me from Baby Signs, Inc. that I thought I'd share with you all:
When teaching your child to sign, consistency and repetition are the most important things to remember, even during the holiday season. In addition, the holidays give you wonderful opportunities to share the joys of the season with your child while also teaching them signs for the things you see. Here are a few ideas for adding signs into this busy time:
• Whether you have a tree in your home, or if you see one in the mall or at a neighbor's home, it is a great time to show your child the sign for "tree". And, if that tree has a star atop it, teach your child the sign for "star" as well.
• Some of your neighbors may have put a lot of time and trouble into creating beautiful light displays in their yards, providing you will a wonderful opportunity to teach your baby the sign for "light."
• Whether you have carolers visit your home or hear holiday songs on the radio, don't forget to sign "song" to your child.
• Now that December is upon us, it is a great time to sign "cold" for your child. Your child can experience the cold first-hand as you both step outside into it. Also, a great time to sign "hat" and "coat" as you will likely need these to keep you both warm.
• Holiday family mealtime is a great time to practice manners – so sign and say to your baby throughout the meal: "please", "thank you" and "excuse me". Of course, you can't go wrong with practicing the basics at mealtime: "eat", "drink" "more" and "all done."
• When your child receives a gift from someone, show her the sign for "thank you."
Please feel free to share any holiday signing ideas you might have!