Friday, December 4, 2015

December 2015

Here is what we have coming up in December!

December 2nd - Ueno Zoo Field Trip

December 8th - Hana House - Potty Time & Play Group

December 9th Takenotsuka  - Potty Time & Play Group

 

Potty Time Workshop Picture

サインを使うと、言葉が流暢になる前のお子さんとでも楽しくトイレトレーニングが始められます!「トイレトレーニングっていつから始めたらいいの?」「どんな準備をすればいいの?」初めてのトイレ・トレーニングについて、あらゆるご質問にHeidi先生がお答えいたします
♪サインが初めての方も、どなたでも楽しくご参加いただけます。
Potty Timeはどんなトイレトレーニングのやり方を強化することができます!

Next Potty Time Workshop
竹の塚 Takenotsuka: December  9th 2015
ハナハウス Hana House: December 8th 2015

サインで遊ぼう! Play Group

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☆ クラスで学んでいる意外のサインを
学べるチャンスです!
☆ サインをつか手いる親子と振り合いのチャンス!
☆ クラスメイトと久しぶりに会うチャンス!
★ Learn signs not covered in the regular
Baby Signing Time classes!
★ Meet other signing families!
★ See classmates again!

Next サインで遊ぼう!Play Group:
竹の塚 Takenotsuka: December 9th 2015
ハナハウス Hana House: December 8th 2015 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where to find a Sign

Sometimes you aren't at class and you want to know a sign. What to do? What to do...
たまに、クラス以外の時にサインを知りたい。どうしたらいい?
ハイディーにメールしてもいいし、この下のリンクで探してもいいよ!

Well, you can e-mail Heidi... or you can use one of the following!

The Signing Time Dictionary is a great starting point. Rachel's explanations make it easy to remember the signs and the tape on her fingers help to see how the fingers are positioned.

Signing Savvy is a great site with an easy to understand dictionary as well as various learning tools. It is worth becoming a registered guest even if you are just starting out. 

Life Print is another favorite resource. The variety of resources and detailed explanations are really great.


NHK手話 NHK Japanese Sign Language Dictionary

Monday, October 5, 2015

Expanding on Pets I Love

Expanding on the song Pets I Love

~ Baby Signing Time Vol. 1 It's Baby Signing Time ~

Words featured in this song: 

cat, dog, horse, frog, bird, fish
Look these up in the Signing Time Dictionary online or Signing Savvy


Don't want to wait for a DVD or CD to arrive? Get the Great Backyard video with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player!  Click here!

Flavors!

With so many great songs that cover coming food signs it is common food signs it is not unusual to get questions about flavor signs.

First up, here is where you can find the food signs:

Baby Signing Time Series:
 Time to Eat! E-book
 Time to Eat Video is first on the BST 1 DVD
That Tastes Good! Video is on BST 4 DVD

Check out the Kotoba and Sign Amazon.jp store for books and things to keep the learning going!

Signing Time Series:
Silly Pizza Song - Everyday Signs Video Series 1 Vol. 3
5 A Day - My Favorite Things Video Series 1 Vol. 6
 My Favorite Things e-book
Silly Pizza Song II - Time To Eat Video Series 1 Vol. 12

Treeschoolers Series:
6: Happy, Healthy Me Video
6: Happy, Healthy Me Activity Guide

Now, on to the signs for various flavors!

flavor       sweet       salty      bitter      

Deaf Japan put together this wonderful video of ASL (American Sign Language) and JSL (Japanese Sign Language) cooking and flavor signs!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015秋の体験レッスン

2015秋の体験レッスン 

杉並区西荻窪のハナハウスで 〜 

Trial Lesson at Hana House in Nishi-Ogikubo, Suginami-ku

Registration is open for the Fall 2015 Baby Signing Time Class at Hana House!


Trial Lessons for Baby Signing Time Class:
Tuesday September 8th at 1:00
Tuesday September 15th at 1:00
Check out the Hana House hompage for more information!

"Babies crawl before they walk and they sign before they talk" ~ Rachel Coleman


足立区竹ノ塚で 〜 


Trial lesson in Takenotsuka!
足立区竹ノ塚での体験レッスン申し込み中!

Trial Lesson for Baby Signing Time
and Beyond Class:
Wednesday September 9th 10:00-10:50 AM

ベビーサイニングタイムのクラスとBeyondクラスの体験レッスンは
2015年9月9日 午前10時〜


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。



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reason to Sign #1 - Communication

With even just a few words there is much you can communicate.
Kids on a playground don't need much more than smiles to get along. Having a few common words can turn an acquaintance into a friend.

Click on the pic to get your free Signing Time Video!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Expanding on My Neighborhood

Expanding on My Neighborhood

My Neighborhood

~ Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 11 My Neighborhood ~

Words featured in this song: 

store, buy, stamp, mail, library, story, office, work, restaurant
My Job
~ Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 11 My Neighborhood ~

Words featured in this song: 
firefighter, police officer, doctor, nurse

Look these up in the Signing Time Dictionary online or Signing Savvy


Don't want to wait for a DVD or CD to arrive? Get the Great Backyard video with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player!  Click here!

Activities, Worksheets & Crafts
Neighborhood Worksheets

Food! Expanding on Silly Pizza 1 & 2 and 5 a Day

Food!
The Silly Pizza Song              The Silly Pizza Song II
5 a Day

There are so many useful food sings in these three songs!

~ Silly Pizza - Signing Time Sing and Sign , Series 1 Episode 3 Everyday Signs ~

 Key Words/Signs:
hungry, apple, cookie, cereal, banana,
bread, cheese, cracker, ice cream, candy

~ 5 A Day - Signing Time Sing and Sign, Series 1 Episode 6 My Favorite Signs  ~

 Key Words/Signs:
fruit, strawberry, pear, peach, grapes, watermelon
vegetables, corn, lettuce, beans, potato

~ Silly Pizza II - Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 12 Time to Eat ~

 Key Words/Signs:
egg, sandwich, soup, popcorn, 
peas, tomato, salad, spaghetti


Need some help remembering a sign or two? 
Check the Signing Time online dictionary to jog your memory!

Lyrics for Signing Time Songs

Don't want to wait for a DVD or CD to arrive? Get the Groove With Me video with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player!  Click here!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Treeschoolers 1-9 Overview

Two Little Hands, the people who brought us Signing Time, have outdone themselves with the new, crowdfunded series Rachel and the Treeschoolers.  Each episode includes key scientific concepts thought through songs, signs and all kinds of fun. There is also a free accompanying activity book that can be downloaded to keep the learning going even after the show ends.

Here's links to the current Rachel and the Treeschoolers episodes. Check out the preview at the bottom of each page to get an glimpse of what the episode or check them out in the digital player.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Expanding on The Rainbow Song & Box of Crayons

Colors!
The Rainbow Song      Box of Crayons

In my classes the topic of color signs usually brings up two topics.
 - At what age can infants/toddlers distinguish colors?

Children develop the ability to distinguish colors as they grow. They also are learning the names and groupings of colors as they grow. This is not a reason to avoid using color words but instead a reason to include color words and play in daily life. For bilingual/multilingual children in particular they need the guidance of an adult to know which color names apply to which colors in each language. For example, in English the sun is yellow and the "go" light is green but the same sun is red in Japanese and the "go" light is blue.

 - Do we have to use the finger spelled ABCs?
When I talk to those who are new to signing I often get a reaction like "finger spelling is too difficult" so they won't even try. Yes, like any language, learning to communicate in a new way can be challenging. However, kids can learn the words, even finger spelled words, when given the chance. One segway into fingerspelling is using initialized signs such as the signs for many of the colors.

~ Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 6 My Favorite Things ~
 Key Words/Signs:
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, rainbow, colors

~ Signing Time Series 2 Vol. 12 Box of Crayons ~

 Key Words/Signs:
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, crayons
pink, black, brown, white, silver, gold

Lyrics for Signing Time Songs

Don't want to wait for a DVD or CD to arrive? Get the Groove With Me video with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player!  Click here!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015春の体験レッスン

杉並区西荻窪のハナハウスで 〜 2015春の体験レッスン Trial Lesson at Hana House in Nishi-Ogikubo, Suginami-ku

Registration is open for the Spring 2015 Baby Signing Time Class at Hana House!

"Babies crawl before they walk and they sign before they talk" ~ Rachel Coleman
✨ 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!

Trial Lessons for Baby Signing Time Class:
Tuesday May 12th at 11:40
Tuesday May 19th at 1:00
Check out the Hana House hompage for more information!

☆ 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。

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

足立区竹ノ塚で 〜 2015春の体験レッスン Trial Lesson in Takenotsuka

Registration is open for the Spring 2015 Baby Signing Time Class in Takenotsuka!

"Babies crawl before they walk and they sign before they talk" ~ Rachel Coleman
✨ 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!

Trial Lesson for Baby Signing Time and Beyond Class:
Wednesday April 22nd 10:00-10:50 AM

ベビーサイニングタイムのクラスとBeyondクラスの体験レッスンは
2015年4月22日 午前10時〜

Check out the Kotoba & Sign hompage for more information!

☆ 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。

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Good Night Moon

In the Red Class / Advanced Class we read some classic books. One is Goodnight Moon おやすみなさいおつきさま was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was first published in 1947. Since then many families around the world have enjoyed reading it at bedtime.  My favorite edition is the cloth book.
Did you know there is a companion book called My World?

There is even an ASL signed edition. Here's a preview:

  The Goodnight Moon & More Great Bedtime Stories DVD is region 1 (US/Canada) so if you want it be sure you have a DVD player that can play it such as a region free DVD Player.

Looking for some Goodnight Moon activities to do? Have a look at these.
Links on Living Montessori Now
Sensory Bin
20 toddler activities inspired by the book

Goodnight Moon is one of many books you can use to practice the signs we've learned in class. It goes well with Baby Signing Time DVD #3 A New Day. There is a DVD, CD, flashcards and digital book.  Visit the Kotoba & Sign Amazon Store for more bedtime suggestions.

Good Night Moon

In Advanced Class (Red Class) today we read a classic book.
Goodnight Moon おやすみなさいおつきさま was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was first published in 1947. Since then many families around the world have enjoyed reading it at bedtime.  My favorite edition is the cloth book.
Did you know there is a companion book called My World?

There is even an ASL signed edition. Here's a preview:

  The Goodnight Moon & More Great Bedtime Stories DVD is region 1 (US/Canada) so if you want it be sure you have a DVD player that can play it such as a region free DVD Player.

Looking for some Goodnight Moon activities to do? Have a look at these.
Links on Living Montessori Now
Sensory Bin
20 toddler activities inspired by the book

Goodnight Moon is one of many books you can use to practice the signs we've learned in class. It goes well with Baby Signing Time DVD #3 A New Day. There is a DVD, CD, flashcards and digital book.  Visit the Kotoba & Sign Amazon Store for more bedtime suggestions.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Out this week! Rachel and the Treeschoolers Awesome Animals

New episode of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: AWESOME ANIMALS! Science, sign language and songs for preschoolers.

Treeschoolers is a unique series which incorporates various educational approaches to make learning both meaningful and fun. While aimed at preschoolers toddlers and grade schoolers enjoy it too. In our house some the music of the Treeschoolers is often requested for our kitchen dance parties!
This episode takes a look at what animals are and how they live.  The songs will help kids to remember the things they learned. The signs add a unique interactive aspect.


Here's a sneak peek:
 

 Check back to download the free activity guide!

Can't wait for your DVD to arrive? Get Awesome Animals in the Kotoba & Sign Digital Store!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Expanding on Groove With Me

Groove With Me
~ Signing Time Series 2 Vol. 3 Move and Groove ~

Featured in this song: 

 Sign Review:
  


Lyrics for Signing Time Series 2 Songs - including Groove With Me
A taste of the song...
 

Don't want to wait for a DVD or CD to arrive? Get the Groove With Me video with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player!  Click here!


Books and other things in the Kotoba & Sign Amazon Store

Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter 2014 Classes

Winter 2015 Baby Signing Time, Beyond Class
2015年冬 ベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラス

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!

Trial Lessons & Next Session
for Baby Signing Time & Beyond Classes

Hana House (Suginami-ku):January 13th & 20th 2015
Takenotsuka (Adachi-ku): January 14th 2015


体験 レッスン & 次のコース
ベビー・サイニングタイムとBeyondクラス

ハナハウス(杉並区):2015年1月13日, 20日
竹の塚 (足立区):2015年1月14日

Beyond BST Class in Takenotsuka, Hana House

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「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

With a multisensory approach including singing, signing, movement, watching, we enjoy spending time together in an English environment.

「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。

For more details and to register for the class please visit the Beyond Class page!