The signs for this lesson are; Hurt, No, Careful, Play, Stop, and All Gone. You can see video examples of each sign by clicking on the links on the right.
You are over halfway through this programme and we hope you will be feeling increasingly confident.
Don’t forget the golden rules. You should occasionally glance at them just to keep them fresh in your mind. It is widely acknowledged that the human brain is at its most receptive up to age 5.
What is not so widely known is that the language centre of the brain that we use to learn extra languages begins to close down around age 3. If this part of the brain is accessed before age 3, then it stays open.
By using babysign you stimulate that section. This should mean that as your baby grows, he or she will be more open to learning other languages in the same way that children from bi-lingual families often go on to learn extra languages with ease.
In this session the signs include “play”. When you see this sign you may think it is similar to “where”. They are alike, but “play” is a lot more volatile. Imagine you are Royalty waving to your subjects!
The other sign we would like to mention is “No”. When you say “No” you need to lower your eyebrows and use a low tone voice so that baby knows you mean business. There is no need to shout; just use a firm tone and a firm sign.
Facial expression is important when signing. A face that looks cross or sympathetic or happy can really help baby to understand what you are trying to say. You’ll probably find that you do this without even thinking about it; most parents automatically over exaggerate their facial expressions with their little ones. Good luck!
This session’s song is Dingle Dangle scarecrow. Older children can lie down pretending to be the sleeping cows and then jump up and become the scarecrow. You’ll have lots of fun with this one!