Are y’all just loving this cooler weather? I even spied some fall leaves on the trees!
I first met Lena and her family last fall. Over the past ten months, they have faithfully attended weekly signing classes and all of our Tot School workshops, and I’ve watched their sweet baby girl grow from an infant to an inquisitive toddler. What a joy it is to share a bit of their story with you today!
* Child’s name and age:
Arielena, 14 months
We started with Mrs. Melissa and Lone Star Signers when she was 5 months old. My family and I started learning signs as soon as we began the classes and although Lena didn’t sign until she was 11 months old, we know she was soaking up all the signs and retaining the info until she could use them. Once she hit 1 year old, she blossomed so quickly signing everything from tree to papa. As of now she knows cracker, water, all done, more, dog, daddy, friend, ready, diaper, and a few more.
* How has signing made a difference in your family?
We are not only proud of her but it also gives us a sense of ease knowing she can tell us what she wants without a temper tantrum. They still exist (temper tantrums) but I know they are not as bad as they could be. As a mommy, I have also decided to go back to school to become an ASL interpreter, and I will continue signing with her forever. I want her to be fluent in the language.
For other mommies and daddies contemplating beginning your signing journey with your little one, I would say, “Do It!” It is so rewarding to see your baby flourish in the language. Not only can they start communicating with you, but they are learning a second language and jumping into using those fine motor skills.
We are thankful everyday we found Mrs. Melissa, she is not only our Bean’s teacher, she is also our friend!
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Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing a bit of your family’s story with us! We are so thankful for your family and your support of Lone Star Signers. I can’t wait to see you soar in your ASL classes this spring!
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We are always happy to have NEW families join us, too! Join us for our next Sign & Stroll event–a fall field trip San Antonio Botanical Garden on October 22nd.
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