Happy Holidays! I hope that you are getting ready to enjoy some relaxing time with people you love. I am not ready to relax just yet. There is still so much fun to have this season. I am grateful for all the friends and family that I will get to spend time with. I hope that I will get to see some of you at the events I have coming up. I have a Signing Story Time on 12/12 at 7pm and a Christmas Party on 12/18 at 9:30am. The details are available on the Facebook page.
Also please join in the fantastic holiday Give a way that is going on. Like the Facebook page and then comment or share on any of the posts. Some of the posts are even questions so that you can easily join in the conversation. You can also attend any of the upcoming events for an entry.
There are some great sales going on for Signing Time Products. If you want to place an order; go to the products page and you can select either digital products or physical goods. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
It’s October! The fall weather has started and that means in Florida, the highs aren’t in the 90’s every day. I hope that you are enjoying the new season, and joining in the fun that fall can bring! Here is a video of some Halloween signs!
Thank you for taking a moment to stop by the Little Hands for Learning Booth this past weekend at the Natural Parenting Fair. I had a wonderful time meeting everyone. Sign Language is a language of motion and movement. It is very hard to learn and understand from just a book description. In classes, tutoring and field trips I teach you not just how to sign, but how to use the signs in everyday life, how to recognize when your child is signing back. I teach you the skills you need to become a better communicator with your child/ children. You can find details about upcomming class schedules, dates, times, and prices on the website.
In addition to classes starting in September I am also looking at continuing the field trip series that I started this spring. This is sign language in action. Each trip is a visit to a fun location with a brief tour and some interesting facts. Along the way we learn some themed American Sign Language Vocabulary to go along with the location. We will be returning to a few fun spots and I already have two fun new locations lined up. Bonus is that they will have some weekend trips too!
In addition to traditional classes and field trips I do offer private lessons and play groups. This is great if you travel, or work full time. If you have a friend or two and want to get together GREAT! It can save you all on time and cost, plus it allows you to have another family to sign along with. If you would like a specific price quote please feel to contact me. I would be happy to work with you on rates.
I know that I mentioned the current special right now for Two Little Hands, this is the company that produces the Signing Time Videos. You can view the ENTIRE LIBRARY (yes that is all 4 Baby Signing Time, all 25 Signing Time, 3 Rachel and The Treeschoolers and Potty Time Videos plus the board books, Music, parent guides and digital books) for one month for free! Amazing!
Well summer time is here and I am grateful that I am getting so much done. The summer started off with a bang during the Field Trips. It seemed that everyone had a great time using sign language in real world situations. We learned over 70 food signs and 25 animals! Little Hands was also featured in the Hometown News. You can view the full article http://www.myhometownnews.net/index.php?id=117437
I was also lucky enough to head to Salt Lake City in Utah to Two Little Hands Production Studios. I was able to meet and talk to the staff, learn a lot about Signing Time, meet with other Academy Instructors, and share my experiences. I was also able to gather a small collection of autographed copies of some Baby Signing Time DVD’s. If you want me to save you one of these special items please let me know.
On August 2nd Little Hands will have a table at the Space Coast LLL’s Natural Parenting Fair. If you didn't go last year try to stop by this year. It's a great local resource that has lots of local vendors, a raffle, giveaways, and goodie bags! The link to the website and Facebook are in the comments. I will have a booth there please make sure to stop by and say hi! I will have a MINIMAL amount of AUTOGRAPHED Baby Signing Time- Volume 1 DVDs at my table. I will have information on classes, and be answering any random questions that you may have. No need for any purchases or registrations for questions ever!
Can you believe that May is already here? I am happy to announce the start of the new Field Trip series that starts in June. This is ASL in action! We will be visiting places that you typically go and leaning, touring, and signing. Each trip is independent and you can do just one, a few or all 4. We will be visiting a local publix- learning lots of fruits and veggies, and our colors. We will be doing a full tour and I hear rumors of a freezer visit! We will be stopping by a local restaurant to learn more food signs (like chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, ect) and table manners. We will be visiting a petting farm and having a pony ride. We will also be meeting inside the Brevard Zoo, to learn how to move like the animals. For more details on the field trips you can visit the Facebook Events or register on the website. I hope that these field trips are full of actionable signs that you and your families can practice and enjoy.
There is a new special for April that I want to share with you. If you have ever wanted a chance to watch or preview all the Two Little Hand Products this is the time. They now have a digital subscription service. This is similar in fashion to a Netflix or Hulu, where the videos remain on their servers but are streamed to your device. It is actually easy to cancel and therefore a great way to ‘preview’ all the videos and see which ones resonate with your family. That way you can just purchase which ones you want- or you can keep the subscription for as long as you would like. The special I have for you is the first month is $1 and afterwards is $10 a month. Here is the link for the discount.
I can’t believe March is already here. If anyone spots a leprechaun send them my way I can use the help. March is heralding the reappearance of Signing Story Times! On March 22nd at noon story time will be held at the Suntree/ Viera location of Downtown Yoga. Facebook event info is available at the link below.
Exciting news is that at the end of this month two new sessions start. March 31st Session B: Let’s be Friend’s starts at Play Plus. This class is held on Mondays at 10am. April 5th is starting a new series of classes that will be held on Saturdays in Suntree at the Downtown Yoga Studio. These classes will be based on monthly themes that rotate. The classes will be available as a drop-in or on a loyalty card as a 4 class discount. This way you can skip a Saturday and still have the signing fun! April’s theme will be ‘Amazing Animals’ and May will be ‘My Day’. More details will be forthcoming I promise! .
So Play Plus has asked Little Hands for Learning to have an open play session. How could I refuse? I can’t! Therefore on Thursday Feb 20th from 3-5:30 pm I will be on the play floor. I will be there to answer any questions you may have in regards to baby sign language, Play Sign and Learn Classes, American Sign Language (ASL), and early communication. This is not a full class and I won’t be teaching specific signs during this session. However, this is an excellent opportunity to meet other like-minded parents and caretakers that are interested in communicating with their children. There is no additional cost for this open play session. As a bonus at 3:30 Erin Phelan, owner of Play Plus, will be having a small class for Play Plus’ monthly members.
"My hope is that everyone will know a little sign, just as most people know a little Spanish - so when your child sees my child at the park, there would be no awkwardness, no communication barrier, just three signs... "Hi ... friend ... play'... that is all it would take to change her world."- Rachel Coleman co-creator of signing time.
After a nice long break it’s time to get started again! The first of the spring sessions starts on January 27th at 10am. I am breaking out the lessons plans and updating with new games, crafts and fun. The class is limited to 7, and we are more than half full now. Register to reserve your spot. The session is ‘Watch me go!” and covers the topics of Snack time, Transportation, Family, Pets, Bedtime Routines, and Manners. The graduation party will be themed for St. Patricks’ Day; now isn’t that Lucky?
Starting this month Signing Time will be having offering a ‘Digital subscription’. This is great because you can view all the different DVD’s offered and determine which ones would be best for your family. Let me know if you are interested in this option and we can set you up.
Two Little Hands also just completed another Kickstarter Event- Signing Time Christmas is in pre-production. I can’t wait to get this material so we can have a graduates party near the holiday’s with fun new signs.
As always if you have any questions on Baby Sign Language, Play Sign and Learn Classes, or Signing Time feel free to call or email me at any time!!
December 21st we will be having a holiday themed story time at the Books-A-Million in the Avenue mall. We will be doing Frosty the Snowman! Appropriate for Florida right? In December we are also finishing up our December classes and we have been having so much fun! We have our graduation party on December 16th.
Looking to the future we may have a onetime special session on January 13th. Either a field trip or a color class… which would you prefer? This one day special would be for anyone (past, current or future students).
I just wanted to let you know that Two Little Hands (the group that does signing time) is having a Kickstarter Campaign for a Christmas DVD/CD combo. I didn't know if you were interested in that however I thought I would pass it along. It should be out for next holiday season- so I'm excited. ""The magic of Christmas + the heart and music of Signing Time! Brought to YOU by ME! I'm a Backer. http://bit.ly/stxmasPlease LIKE & SHARE & BACK this project today!"
We are continuing our current session- Let’s be Friends! We are having fun learning all sorts of outside and weather signs. Next up are friends, feelings, opposites, and toys. This month there will be 2 chances to enter the monthly contest. I will be having two story times this month. One is at 11/16 at 2pm on the Books-A-Million in the Avenue Mall, Viera. The second will be on 11/30 at 1pm during the Sego Mom and Baby Store Opening and Sale. This is a new natural parenting and cloth diaper store in Brevard County.
Registration just started for Play, Sign and Learn Classes, Session B (Let's Be Friends) ! Register and pay buy 10/21 and get a FREE DVD! Session fee covers the basic class, the course overview materials, a 50 page parent sign language guide, homework sheets, any art supplies, and entrance to Play Plus on the date that class is held. (This is an added value of $60 per session!!)
Also come to our monthly signing story time! We will be learning some fun Halloween signs, and enjoying a great book.
Little Hands for Learning is now offering Signing Story Times. These short sessions can be adapted to any age level. This month’s theme is At the Farm!
They are not a full class experience but do provide a taste of what we cover and how fun signing can be. Start Communicating with your babies, increase vocabulary of toddlers, work on pre-literacy skills with preschoolers and develop spelling and reading skills of school aged children. To get this demonstration for your group, club or organization just email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am often asked why I use music in a sign language class. Since I am teaching to a mostly hearing subset I use music in every lesson, different songs and different artists. I want to be able to reach the children and parents on multiple levels and with multiple learning modalities. No one wants to sit in a class for 40 minutes and not have any music. When driving in the car don’t you put on some tunes to connect to your kids, relax from a stressful day, or engage yourself on a long drive? I know that I do. Music is a fun and engaging way to review and learn new vocabulary. While your little one is bouncing around and dancing they are learning important skills.
Little Hands for Learning is pleased to announce that I will be starting Signing Story Times in September at the Books- A- Million in the Avenues Mall in Viera. Like us on facebook to join the in the poll to decide which story we will read first!! Join us and you can enter the September Drawing for a FREE CLASS
I have often been asked ‘why would you sign to a hearing child?’ There are so many benefits to signing with children that are developing typically, I will try to list just a few.
Signing is a good form of alternate expression. Some children are not comfortable when upset. They scream, throw a temper tantrum and get so caught up in the moment that speech becomes too difficult. Many times my kids have been upset enough that they can’t speak. However they can still use their signs, to let me know what happened or what the problem is.
Little Hands for Learning is happy to announce we will be giving a Free Presentation for the Space Coast La Leche League at the Suntree/ Viera Library on Monday 4/15 at 9:30 am.
Come join us to learn about why signing with your baby can be a great communication and expression tool from a very young age all the way through the preschool years. LLL mother, Kelly Hosna will be leading our mother-led enrichment meeting.
Enrichment meetings are hosted by LLL and facilitated by a group mother about any non-breastfeeding related topic. A LLL Leader may or may not be present. These are free, family meetings and anyone is invited to attend, including fathers or other caretakers. Feel free to forward this event to other interested mothers.
Healthy children and babies are always welcomed at LLL events.
Are you a LLL member and have a topic you'd like to present? Email us at email@example.com!
Visit the Facebook Event for more details on the Space Coast LLL.