I’m interested in learning more about using sign language with babies. I’ve watched several acquaintances and two of my sisters-in-law use some signs with their children and I was impressed at how young children were able to clearly communicate their thoughts and desires well before they were able to form understandable spoken words.
I’ve also been reading a bit on the subject as Melissa Wiley and Elizabeth Foss have touched on it in their blogs.
I’d like to try and learn how to sign with Bella.
To that end I’ve requested some materials from the library (have I mentioned how much I love our library?)
I picked up one book yesterday, Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers, which I had no recommendations for; but it was one that the library had on hand. I’ve also requested the Signing Time video which both Elizabeth and Melissa have recommended enthusiastically.
So far I have mixed feelings about the book. I’ve only read the introduction and first chapter and already I’m weary of how they keep mentioning the name of their book/system, Signing Smart. It reminds me of the handbook that came in our first aid kit that refers to all the products by their brand name, icky marketing schtick. The whole thing reads like a long infomercial. Even if their method works, the book is so self-referential, I’m not sure I can read it. I think I’m going to look for a different book on the subject.
Another thing that annoys me is this book seems geared to people with older kids, but it never really specifies what is a good age to begin signing. It seems too early to do much now., of course But when should I start trying to sign with Bella? I want a book that will be a bit more helpful and less annoying.
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