No, your baby is never too young to be aware of the things that are happening around them and we know that kids get the most out of Kindermusik the younger they start. Right now your baby’s brain is soaking up everything — and did you know that music is the ONLY activity that stimulates all areas of your baby’s brain at the same time? Getting started in KM now is a really smart thing to do.
Studio record: Youngest child to come to class – 48 hours old.
We are offering another session of Sign & Sing beginning in early January. Be sure to register early to make sure you get into the class. Click HERE to go directly to the registration page.
Profile of Kindermusik Sign and Sign program offered by Grow and Sing Studios – aired on Central Florida News 13
Check out this article from Robert Mitchum recentlly in the the Chicago Tribune. I hope it makes you want to work a bit more on using sign language with your child. 20 signs is all it takes. You can do this!!
Child development experts have known for decades that children’s vocabulary at the time they enter school is a strong predictor of their future educational success. But a new study from University of Chicago psychologists suggests that early parental influence over vocabulary may be, literally, in their hands.
Parents who demonstrated a broad range of gestures to their children at 14 months of age produced children who gestured more broadly themselves, according to study to be published Friday in the journal Science. In turn, children who exhibited a larger “gesture vocabulary” at 14 months demonstrated a wider vocal vocabulary at 54 months, authors Meredith Rowe and Susan Goldin-Meadow reported.
That relationship may explain at least part of the observation that children from higher socioeconomic families exhibit stronger vocabulary skills when they enter school compared to children of low socioeconomic backgrounds. Parents with higher family income and more education gestured more to their children, the researchers found.
“Basically all of the socioeconomic difference in child gesture can be explained by parent gesture,” Rowe said. “It doesn’t mean that children born into a high socioeconomic status family just gesture a lot, it actually depends what a parent does.”
The study measured the number of “gesture types”–such as pointing, waving or nodding–that parents and children exhibited to each other in a 90-minute videotaped session. The 50 families studied were drawn from the greater Chicago area, reflecting a wide range of economic, cultural and educational backgrounds, Rowe said.
Though the research does not yet prove that teaching parents to gesture more will directly increase a child’s vocabulary later in life, the researchers said that the relationship does suggest something parents can try with their children. Gesturing is harmless, and potentially beneficial.
“I think it is extremely encouraging,” said Goldin-Meadow, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. “Gesture is detectable early, and here’s something parents can do pretty early.”
Area speech therapists said the new finding was welcome evidence for gesture-based activities already in use for children with delayed speech or enrolled in “baby sign language” classes.
“We definitely use gestures and signs,” said Denise Boggs, a speech pathologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital. “For any child that is not talking, it gives them a framework, gives them an idea of what communication is for, and down the road they fill that in with verbalizations.”
The winter class schedule is up on the website. The online registration should be working also.
Sign & Sing will be available again in August. We will meet on Thursday evenings at 5:30 beginning August 7. The class will run for 5 weeks. Check it out here.
Shaela saw this photo of herself pop up on my computer the other day and looked at me and signed “your baby.” It was so sweet! Nothing beats being able to communicate with your baby as soon as possible. You would be amazed at what can come out of these little conversations. They truly understand so much more than we give them credit for!
We are offering a mini session of Sign & Sing beginning in August. If you have any questions about the classes please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call 513-4994. I always love to share my experience in signing with children.
In the next few weeks we will be having FREE preview classes. Come and join us for all the fun, excitement, learning and camaraderie! Set up a time by calling 513-4994 or drop me a line email@example.com Check out the Summer Schedule anytime
Using sign language with babies is very popular these days. There is LOTS of research to prove how beneficial it can be for both parents and children. As most of you know I am a huge believer having used it with my kids. Check out this picture of Shaela saying she wants MORE.
If you would like to see a deaf author’s take on the whole signing with your baby phenomenon check out this article. By the way, the Similac website has removed the poorly done signs from their page since the article was written.
Between 12 and 15 months your toddler is more interested in a lot of the littler things, like buttons and pinching cereal. He’s also on the verge of a major vocabulary growth spurt. That makes sign language a fun way to match your toddler’s interest in using his hands, with his emerging verbal abilities.