Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Starting Points - Baby Sign Language


 Yesterday I had the privilege of joining the Roppongi Cooperative Playgroup to share about the benefits of signing with babies and toddlers. After a quick introduction to baby sign language we did a mini lesson based on the song “Pets I Love” from Baby Signing Time.



We practiced the pet signs in the classic song Old Macdonald and while reading the book "Peek-a-Boo Pets". The lesson wrapped up with the ever popular Sing & Sign Along book “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”.

Many great questions were asked and ideas shared. Here are some of the take-aways:
 - The best time to start signing is today. The benefits vary depending on the age of your child but it is never too early or too late to start.
 - Most of the time we sign with our dominate hand (the one you write with) but when you are holding something (like baby ;-) ) you can use whichever had is free.
 - Signing makes a great bridge between spoken languages. Use the same set of signs with all the languages you speak. It is also a chance to learn a new language with your child!

There are many signing DVDs to choose from. My favorite (and I’ve viewed a lot!) are the ones in the Signing Time series. I like the way that the signs are taught with songs and hints to remember them. The DVDs show real people doing the signs - including children. This is important because it can be hard to make out fine differences in handshakes in animated signing materials. Most importantly though, Signing Time teaches ASL vocabulary so the signs you and your child learn are not simply gestures for this era in life but are a part of a real language which can be used throughout life and around the world.


- There are both digital (online) and hard copies of the DVDs. I keep some of the hardcopies on hand here in Japan so drop me a line if you prefer the DVD format.

Some of the other questions that came up were about links for more information.
There are Signing Time video clips on Youtube but the material there is only a fraction of what you can access through the digital player and app. You could think of the Youtube videos as a “best of” soundtrack for some of the DVDs. 
Also, with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. For babies/toddlers I recommend looking first at the Baby Signing Time series. For children who are in a phase where they love animals, there are 3 great DVDs in Series 1 (#7 Leah's Farm , #8 Great Outdoors, #9 Zoo Train) and an Awesome Animals episode of Rachel and the Treeschoolers. Each series has its own unique flavor so take a look around!

I highly recommend taking exploring the various options on the digital player. Use the code " sign99 " to get a 1 month subscription for $0.99. With the Signing Time TV app to watch on your phone & tablet. Go to this link to make an account and them you can download the app to access your account on your phone or tablet.


Signing Time Academy Instructors also teach classes all over the world.  
My current classes:
Wednesdays in Takenotsuka in Adachi-ku 竹の塚足立区)
Thursdays at Hana House in Suginami-ku ハナハウス杉並区)

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions &
Happy Signing! 


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Fall Classes 2018

秋2018のベビー・サイニングタイムとBeyondクラス
Baby Signing Time & Beyond Class




水曜日   Wednesdays in Takenotsuka in Adachi-ku 竹の塚足立区)
木曜日  Thursdays at Hana House in Suginami-ku ハナハウス杉並区)




Sunday, June 3, 2018

松本純先生の「ガミガミしない子育て」セミナー案内

「ガミガミしない子育て ‐聞き上手、話し上手な親になるヒント‐」

ストレスを感じない伝え方とは? 子どもの素質を伸ばす効果的な方法とは?
親業訓練(ゴードンメソッド)のエッセンスを凝縮した2時間。子どもと向き合う視点をちょっと変えてみましょう。

親業とは?
今回はロールプレイングも交えたトークセッション形式の講演会です。おひとりでも、パートナーとご一緒でも、お子さま連れでも楽しめます。

日時:6月9日(土)午前10時~12時
講師:松本純(GOODリレーションズ研究所代表 親業訓練インストラクター)松本純氏プロフィール
対象:お子さま(年齢問わず)の保護者・保育者・教育者の方々
定員:30名 先着順
料金:一人500円(同伴のお子様は無料)当日受付でお支払いください。
場所:竹の塚ルーテル教会
申し込み:takenotsukachurch@live.jp

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018春体験レッスン Trial Lessons

受付中!

Join us for the classes starting this month.
赤ちゃんとのコミュニケーションにサイン(ベビーサイン)を使ってみよう!サインのクラスは今週から〜

サイン、歌、ムーブメント動き)して多感情的なアプローチで英語も親子で楽しめます。
With a multisensory approach including singing, signing, movement, watching, we enjoy spending time together in an English environment.

Trial Lessons for Baby Signing Time & Beyond Classes

ベビー・サイニングタイムとBeyondクラスの体験レッスン

Hana House in Suginami-ku ハナハウス(杉並区):2018年5月10日
Takenotsuka in Adachi-ku 竹の塚 (足立区):2018年5月30日




Baby Signing Time     ベビー・サイニングタイム


ベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラスは、まだことばを話せない赤ちゃんとサイン(米国手話)でコミュニケーションをとることを学びます。英語も親子で自然に学べるチャンスです!

詳しい事は言葉&サインページで 
http://www.kotobaandsign.info
0才~2才までの赤ちゃんとその保護者
☆ Baby Signing Time Class is for babies 0-1 years old and their parent/guardian

Beyond Class     Beyondクラス
「Beyond」は「さらに先へ」の意味で、このクラスでは英語とサインにふれあうことを通して、これから学んでいく上での基礎をつくる機会です。
内容は英語とサインによる絵本の読み聞かせ、手遊び、歌、工作などです。
「Beyondクラス」は1~3才までの      幼児と保護者
☆ Beyond Class is for toddlers 1-3 years old and their parent/guardian



Check out the Kotoba & Sign hompage for more information!

✨ Learn to communicate with your baby/toddler using American Sign Language vocabulary.  ✨
乳幼児とサイン(ASL)でコミュニケーションを学べます。

✨ Learn new songs and activities to enjoy with your child. ✨
親子で楽しい歌とアクティビティ
✨ Enjoy some of the many benefits of using signs to enhance communication and learning. ✨
とサインの用益を楽しめる

✨ Take a class that supports bilingual/multilingual families. ✨
多言語の家族もサポート

✨ Come and join the fun! ✨
ぜひ、いらしてください!

☆ This class is taught bilingually in Japanese and English but you don't need to know both languages to participate! ☆
☆クラスでは英語と日本語を使いますが、英語が話せなくてもかまいません。

Friday, December 1, 2017

Zoo Trip

 We recently had a class field trip to the Ueno Zoo.
Over 20 families enjoyed a day of signing and English.
We also learned a lot about the animals!

Some of them were sleeping, some were awake.
Some were even eating their veggies!

While the day was a bit gloomy and we had some rain,
we also had a lot of fun!
Here are some of the animals we enjoyed meeting:
panda
owl
gorilla
polar bear
zebra
tiger
lion


Children of any age, even babies, can benefit from a trip to the zoo. Seeing and experiencing an animal in person is vastly different from seeing one on TV or in a book.  It is nearly a magical experience!
While at the zoo talk about what you see.  Provide names/words not only for the animals but for the places they live and the things they eat.  Talk about what the animals are doing and why they might be doing it.  There are few multisensory interactive activities as interesting to a child as a zoo trip!
Where to find more signs

動物のサインをもっと学びた〜い!

Baby Signing Time DVD 1 - song "Pets I Love"
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 7 Leah's Farm
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 8 Great Outdoors
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 9 Zoo Train
Rachel and the Treeschoolers Ep. 4 Awesome Animals

Use the code: sign99 to get a 1 month subscription to the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player for $0.99.
 It is a great way to see what is available before purchasing! 
Use with the Signing Time TV app to watch on your phone & tablet.

Please look at the Kotoba & Sign Store or talk to your teacher for more suggestions!  These DVDs can be bought from Heidi or at Hana House.  このDVDはハナハウスとハイディー先生が販売しています。









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I Can Talk With My Hands... Can You?

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