Instructor- Kelly Hosna
With a background in education and using sign language with my two children I am ready to share my experiences of ASL with you. It is such a rich and meaningful language that can help improve communication in families; from pre-verbal babies through school aged children.
"Based on my Experience with Kelly Hosna, I would highly recommend her as a teacher of Sign Language."
Everything was awesome- Can't wait to do another session! Thank you!
I highly recomend these classes and field trips to friends! The diveristy of signs, arts, toys and crafts is great.
"After the first class I could tell Kelly has what it takes to be a good teacher. She is innovative in her approach to teaching signs, bringing in pictures and objects she wants children to learn"
Kelly was very good at adapting activities for older and younger students
I loved the structre and variey in the classes- It keeps my son's attention!
When I had my little girl my husband had this crazy idea to start signing with her. So we bought a baby sign book and dutifully attempted to sign milk consistently. I didn’t think it would make a difference but it wasn’t hard. To my surprise at about 9 months she started to wave a fist at me to say- hey mom get on with the milk. It was amazing that she could not just point and whimper or scream like her peers. Therefore we started additional signs from the book and she just took off. Then we realized that we couldn’t learn the signs fast enough for her from a book and found the Signing Time DVDs. They were amazing. She was able to express herself and seemed to have fun.
I recall one time when she was about 16 months we had reorganized her room and suddenly she was crying in her bed. We asked what was wrong and she started signing cold. We belatedly realized we had moved her bed under the AC vent. My husband and I were amazed that she was able to use her skills to actually tell us what was wrong, especially at such a young age. When the terrible twos came around they weren’t as bad as we expected. Since my daughter was able to clearly express herself she didn’t have as many frustrations. She was able to not just point at the pantry and cry for a snack. She could say cracker not cereal. At 2 years old she had a larger signing and vocal vocabulary than most other children we knew. She still does to this day.
When we had my son it wasn’t a question at all. We were definitely going to sign with him. In fact my daughter was excited to share her skills with him. While he hasn’t been as quick to absorb the signs, it is still amazing that he could sign phrases. At a year he would sign PLEASE FISH CRACKER. This was his way of asking for goldfish. How remarkable that he can express a specific request without crying while I point to every object.