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The winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Nicole O’Dell from What a Trip! Congratulations, Nicole- shoot us an email with your info and we’ll get your signed copy of Cheryl Lage’s “Twinspiration” in the mail!
Happy Wednesday, and welcome to our first product review! This week we chose something that we both have experience with: Signing Time! Many experts recommend teaching sign language to infants as a way to facilitate communication between adults and babies before they are actually able to speak (the babies, that is). It has even been suggested that by teaching sign language to toddlers, you can greatly reduce or eliminate the “terrible twos” phase, because with the ability to sign, children are able to communicate what they want and need instead of throwing a tantrum.
Lani: Eliminate the terrible twos? They had me at ‘hello’. We started watching Signing Time with our kids when they were young, at about 4-5 months, and we still watch it every day at some point. I love this DVD series for a few reasons, but mainly because my kids love it. They are absolutely captivated by the music, colors, and by Rachel, the co-founder/narrator of Signing Time. My kids really don’t sit still to watch TV very often, but they definitely enjoy this show. Lily started signing about 2 months ago at 14 months, and my boys are just starting now, but many babies can sign much earlier. Now she signs “eat”, “more”, “dog”, “bird”, “milk” and “father”. Here’s Lily, signing at 15 months.
Seeing my kids starting to sign is so much fun, and I can really see how it will be beneficial. Now, when they are hungry, sleepy, sick, they can sign it instead of getting frustrated. And the added bonus? I can still hear the theme song, and it doesn’t drive me crazy- I actually like it! I have several volumes on DVD and they are all very cute, and entertaining.
Amanda: I had actually never heard of Signing Time until I met Lani. I would just show the kids the My First Signs from Baby Einstein every once in a while, but after I saw the success Lani was having I had to try it for myself! My kids LOVE the DVD we have (we have My First Signs) and smile every time it comes on. I try to watch it with them once a day, and it’s perfect because it makes it easy for you to learn as well so you can sign along with your kids. My husband, Scott, took sign language as his foreign language in college, so he tries to sign with them too on a regular basis. My kids are still learning, and I haven’t really seen them do any signs yet (but if you ask Scott he will tell you they are signing “more” and “dog”), but I think it is an awesome DVD and can’t wait to complete the series!
The volume we are giving away today is Volume 1: My First Signs, which is a great dvd to start with because it includes all the basic signs that will be most useful, like “more”, “milk”, “mom”, and “dad”. Please check in below, and leave a comment to enter this giveaway. Blog, follow, and tweet about it for extra entries! Be sure to leave us comments for everything you do. And don’t forget, visit your fellow MoM’s blogs and say hello!
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