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, September 29, 2010

Sign of the Week

Do you know how to sign the "magic word"?
Sign "Please"!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sign of the Week

This is a favorite sign in our house... banana!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Master Signing Time Instructor

In July I completed the training to become a Master Signing Time Instructor.  I'm the first in Japan and one of the first Master level instructors teaching outside of the US!
Signing Time Academy サイニング・タイム・アカデミー

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hopkins Fan

Have you seen these in the Signing Time Academy store?
Now you can get your very own Hopkins shirt and plush toy!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sign of the Week

The Sign of the Week this week is the letter "D"!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Learning Colors

One of the signing activities we've been doing recently is learning about colors. We're using the Signing Time Classroom Edition (CE) as a guide. While made for use in a variety of classrooms it is easy to adapt many of the activities to a home school situation.
The CE comes with lesson plans based on 16 popular topics from the Signing Time series. The included DVDs and CDs are arranged for use in each lesson. There are also black and white flashcards with key vocabulary.
Here is one way we've been using the flashcards...
On the left are colored pieces of paper which are cut out and laminated together. In the middle and to the right are the colored-in vocabulary cards, also laminated. (Since my son is 2 years old I left these 2 sets of cards uncut to make them easier to handle.) The object is to "read" the card with Rachel signing and match it to the color or vocabulary card.

I plan to continue using lessons from the Classroom Edition as the year goes on. Be sure to check back for aditional ideas!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sign of the Week

C is for cookie... can you hear Cookie Monster singing that?
C is also the Sign of the Week!

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。



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