Monday, November 24, 2008

Signing Time

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here or not, but I've been trying to teach Moose some signs. I think it will make communicating with him easier (and I'm holding out for him to learn the sign for Mom because he says it so rarely).

So far he has mastered "more," "thank you," and "please." I didn't teach him more but diligently took it from there.

Some days it seems like he's not learning anything. Then I kind of remember that he's not going to learn it instantly; he'll learn it when he's ready. He may even never imitate it before he does it himself.

I've been watching these "Signing Time" videos with him that we borrowed from the library. Our doctor recommended them, and I really like them. Moose likes to sit and watch them with me, too.

A few days ago, I asked him if he wanted milk, and showed the signs for "want" and "milk." And he totally knows "milk." So awesome.

Then this morning, I was changing his diaper when he woke up, and I asked if he was hungry and if he wanted something to "eat." He puts his little finger up to his mouth for "eat." And he's done it again now that it's snack time. I am so awe struck by this kiddo. He's awesome.

The thrill of him learning something I taught him is just amazing. There is no other high like this. It's fun because after I learn the signs, I use them throughout our day (as much as I can with my limited signs), and I teach them to Big A. He uses them as much as he remembers (I think I have it easier because I learn with the DVDs). So it's a family thing.

I'm so excited to see what he learns next.


Dana said...

That's so awesome that he's learning signs! I taught Brennen some signs. Not many, just the really important ones, Eat, more, Daddy, drink, bath, cookie.... Wouldn't you know that the kid that I take the time to do this with talked AMAZINGLY early. I'm talking 4 months and he was clearly saying some words. He still uses some signs though especially when he REALLY wants me to pay attention. Congrats on teaching Moose. I must say it was SO exciting to see Brennen learning his signs and using them.

Tiffany said...

Yeah, I agree with you. Lena is my favorite character ~ I don't know what she was thinking, but the boy Leo was waaaaaay cuter than Costas. And Carmen did look kinda dumpy ~ I don't know what was going on with that, but yeah. I don't know if she gained weight (I should NEVER have any room to talk either) or if she was just wearing icky clothes, and her hair pulled back constantly. I dunno. I sound like society ~ Too bad as women we can't lift one another up. We almost seem to make each other feel worse about our appearances. Guess we're just as bad as society sometimes!


Straight to Your Hart said...

Good for you and him!! So smart to teach him sign language. It's better to start very young..hmmm maybe that's my problem tehe!!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Love baby singh it is so helpfull.

Honey Mommy said...

Great job!
We used sign language with our first boy, and it was great! It was SO nice to know what he wanted.

Once he started talking we didn't really use them too much... but now that we are starting with his little brother he is using signs that we taught him long ago (that we haven't started with yet)! It's amazing what they remember.

p.s. You were just above me on SITs today! :o) You know I'm winning the Bissell, right?

Aubrey said...

That is VERY exciting! Yay!!

I wanted to teach my last one sign but with working and all, I just couldn't do it. His sitter taught him some but the only one that stuck was "please". It's so cute seeing him use it to this day!

Jennie said...

I really want to do that with Baby O....

Leah said...

signing time is great. i used those videos to teach my kids some sign language since i work with the deaf at my church.

saw you were the featured blogger today on SITS - congrats!

Katie said...

My youngest LOVES to eat. When he does the 'eat' sign, he does his fingers right, but points into his stomach, not his mouth. It always makes me laugh and think about how seriously he takes eating! Between him and his brother, I'll be in the poorhouse in a couple years!!

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