A friend stopped by to visit this week with her 19 month old twin boys and I was tickled to see the little cuties signing. I taught both of my boys to sign as infants; however, as the boys got older I seemed to let the signing fall by the wayside. I’ve been trying to remember to encourage it more lately as I plan on teaching out third little boy to sign and think the boys will be a great help if they are signing as well.
I think teaching babies to sign help relieve a lot of the frustration associated with early toddlerhood when they definitely know what they want but don’t quite have the skills to tell you yet! I chose to teach my children with videos that we watched together, and I highly recommend these:
I have yet to meet a little one not entranced with these videos (although I’ve met plenty an adult not as enthralled!). They clearly show the sign, both adults and children doing the sign (along with the “imperfect” signing of young children) and show the object being signed repeatedly. I used all three of these with both of my boys.
They can be a bit pricey-they run $19.95 each or $49.95 for all three. I tried mine out first by renting them from Netflix to make sure my son liked them before investing. You can sometimes find them for a good price on eBay or craigslist as well. The website is a great resource regardless, they have a video dictionary of signs you can find here, as well as board books corresponding with each video.
Did you teach your children to sign? If so, do you have any other resources to recommend?