The blog has moved to: http://kotobaandsign.blogspot.jp to be under the name Kotoba & Sign.
Feel free to look through this "old" blog as well as hop over to the "new" one!

In this blog you will find information and stories of our experience with signing. Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments! このブログでは、私たちのサインを使った経験からの情報や体験談を紹介します。お気軽に質問やコメントを残してくださればと思います。どうぞよろしくお願いします。

Why Sign? どうして手話(サイン)なの?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Box Of Crayons クレヨンの箱

Today the Signing Time video of choice was from Series 2, Vol. 12 "Box of Crayons".
At 2.5 years old my son is learning so many things - and so quickly! He is really enjoying not only learning the color signs but also the "new" (to him) format of the Series 2 DVDs with "Counting Time", "Story Time" etc.
As you can see, even Hopkins was able to join in the signing fun!
My son also got out his crayons to help "teach" Hopkins the color signs!

By now you may be wondering how the "Box of Crayons" song goes... take a look at this clip from the Signing Time Youtube page:

You can purchase both the "Box of Crayons" DVD and the Hopkins doll at http://www.signingtimeacademy.com/heidi

If you live in Japan and want a copy please e-mail me directly as we can save on shipping costs by combining orders. You can find my e-mail address in the left-hand column of the blog.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sign of the Week

Last summer I saw this sign often as it became one of my son's favorite words!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Play Group

Before I have the new baby at the end of July we want to have a reunion/play group of sorts for all of the Baby Signing Time Academy graduates from the past year. It has been about 3/4 of a year since the first class finished the course!
Let's get together and catch-up on how the signing is going!

We'll also have Signing Time products avalible to look at for those of you who are ready to move to the next level.

Check out the Hana House homepage for the details...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sign of the Week

Can you sign "Happy Father's Day"?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sign of the Week

As rainy season hits we'll be digging out the that hats to go with rain coats and umbrellas. The Sign of the Week this week is hat!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Potty Training + Signing

Recently I've been asked by a few different people about using signs to help with potty training. From my own experience I can tell you it is possible for babies under 1 yr. old to tell you that they need to go potty - if they are given the word (sign) to use!

I love the Signing Time and Baby Signing Time product lines. They are my first choice for resources, however, there are also other places with helpful items too.

For potty training we've been using the Baby Signs produced "Potty Train" set. http://pottytrainwithbabysigns.com/ It's a bit corny but the signs used are from ASL and my son seems to like it. It uses only a few basic signs (6 maybe?) like "potty", "more" and "all done". It can be found on Amazon.co.jp here.

*Please keep in mind that not all Baby Signs products use ASL signs - some are made up - so the quality and usefulness of the products varies greatly.

Parents magazine has an online article with the basic potty signs pictured and described. Here it is:

Of course a post about potty training resources would not be complete unless it pointed you to the Baby Signing Time "Diaper Dance" song!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sign of the Week

The sign of the week this week is....

(drum roll)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Signing Time on Mixi!

A Signing Time fan page has been started on Mixi (the Japanese anwer to Facebook). Please feel free to join!
MixiにSigning Time ファンのページをつくりました!ぜひ、見てください!http://mixi.jp/view_community.pl?id=5061344
If you have any questions I can be reached at heidi@signingtimeacademy.com

Please e-mail me if you live in Japan but are not in a location where classes are offered. I can help you get started with Baby Signing Time and/or Signing Time.

日本に住んでいて、近くに手話のクラスがない場合などは、メールをくだされば、質問に答えたり、皆さんが Baby Signing Time や Signing Time を始めるのをお手伝いできると思います。



MixiにSinging Time ファンのグループあります。
Join the Signing Way Facebook group!
Don't forget to stop by the 手話の道 Youtube site!