Kate reading her Baby Signing Time flashcards at the San Antonio Botanical Garden last fall.
Join us at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on October 22nd!
Fall is finally here, which means the leaves are changing color and pumpkins are everywhere. One of our favorite places to be in autumn is the San Antonio Botanical Garden, so we’re planning a Lone Star Signers FIELD TRIP!
The new exhibit “BIG GARDEN Little Me” opens on October 3rd and we’ll also do a few laps around the East Texas Pineywoods “pond” and look at all the scarecrows. Bring your camera–there are a ton of great photo opportunities!
Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins are also welcome! ($5/family) PLEASE NOTE that registering for the field trip does NOT cover your entry fee to the garden.
Congratulations–signing with your children is a GREAT decision! (See a great list of benefits here and here!) However, unless you grew up signing or you took American Sign Language classes in high school or college, it can be a tricky language to start learning.
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My favorite resource to start is the Baby Signing Time and Signing Time DVDs. I am a visual learner, so seeing the sign (versus reading a written description) is the best way for me to learn! You can check out these DVDs for free from your library or stream them digitally on your TV/tablet/phone with a monthly subscription to SigningTime.TV. (Tip: use the code sign99 at checkout to get your first month for just 99¢!)
Signing Time also sells books, flashcards, and posters on their website!
Another great resource for learning new signs is the Internet! We love to use lifeprint.com and signingsavvy.com to look up new signs. Signing Time has a great dictionary available on their website AND on their free app.
We would also love to have your family join us for weekly signing classes and extra events! Our focus at Lone Star Signers is on families with young children, birth-5 years old.
If you are looking for more advanced ASL resources for children older than age 5, stay tuned for the release of the NEW Signing Time Sentences coming later this fall! Several San Antonio area high schools and colleges also offer American Sign Language courses–I recommend you contact the department head for information about private lessons/tutoring.
Related: Signing Resources from the San Antonio Public Library and Signing Resources, Part 2
Please let me know how I can assist your family get started signing today!
In the past 3.5 years, we have had over 60 children graduate from our signing programs–each family has their own special story to tell!
Today, we are happy to share Delia’s story with all of you. Delia and her parents first started attending our signing classes in the spring of 2014, and I have delighted in watching her grow into a confident young preschooler! Delia’s mom, Ashley, is a great writer, and I’m so thankful that she shared her insights with us. (Be sure to read this post, too!)
* Child’s name and age:
* When and why did you start signing with your child?
I love language, so ASL had a natural allure for me. I’d heard signing with babies could help us communicate earlier than we might otherwise be able to. I’d also heard that better communication can cut down on tantrums. So it was a natural fit.
* How has signing made a difference in your family?
When Delia was very young, she could sign long before she could talk, so we’ve had very few communication problems. As she learned to talk, sometimes I couldn’t understand what she’d say. I’d ask her if she had a sign for what she wanted to say, and she usually did, so I could figure out what she wanted. For example, one morning I thought she was trying to tell me something about “chips,” but I didn’t understand what she meant. I asked if she had a sign for it, and she signed “church.” So we were on the same page again. 🙂
She also has learned to speak very well at a very early age. I don’t know whether signing contributed to her speech success, but I know it didn’t hurt. Some people had expressed concern that sign language might hinder her speech, but she proved them wrong.
* What would you tell a friend interested in signing with their child?
DO IT! Learning a brand new language is intimidating, but even learning just a few signs that a kid would use regularly (more, milk, water, ball, etc.) is very easy. If it prevented even one temper tantrum, it was well worth the effort for us.
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Thank you, Ashley, for sharing a bit of your family’s story with us. I have learned so much from you, and I’m glad you’re part of our community!
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We are always happy to have NEW families join us, too! Registration for our September/October session ends tomorrow evening. See all the details here.
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