Welcome!

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?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Moving!!!

With the continuation of my signing journey... and my kids growing older... it is time to line up the blog, homepage, Facebook, YoutubeTwitter feed etc. under the name 言葉&サイン Kotoba & Sign .

This blog will stay online but future posts can be found at http://kotobaandsign.blogspot.jp  Please update your bookmarks!
これからもよろしくおねがいします!

Monday, November 19, 2012

4年目よろしく! Entering the 4th year!

今週はサイニング・タイム・アカデミーのベビー・サイニング・タイム・インストラクターになって三年になります!これからもよろしくお願いします!This week will be three years since I became a Signing Time Academy certified Baby Signing Time Instructor!  Those three years went by fast...!!!
I came across the e-mail today from 2009 announcing my certification and stating that I would be the first international instructor from the Signing Time Academy (STA) to be certified and one of the first STA instructors.  At the time I had a Baby Signing Time class in progress (using the then brand new curriculum) so that class was also one of the first classes to complete the course!

My journey to this point, however, started years before.
As a child I had a baby sitter who would teach us ASL signs.  I don't remember much but when I was taking the ASL course to become a STA instructor there was something in my mind that recognized a number of signs and made it easy to remember them.
Also, at the church/school/camps that I went to, from childhood through college, we often had ASL signs as part of the actions for songs. Many of those signs also managed to stay with me.

In college I remember having a dormitory conversation with some of my friends about be benefits and pitfalls of signing with babies and young kids.  Apparently it came up in one of their Early Childhood Education classes and the consensus at the time (circa 2000) was that signing (using ASL or gestures) with babies/toddlers/preschoolers was bad. Years later the opposite has actually been proven to be true.
I don't know why I remember this particular conversation so well.  Perhaps it is because I was exposed to sign language as a kid and I turned out OK?  Whatever the reason was I knew that some day I would try signing with my kids as it seemed like a beneficial thing, not harmful.

Jump to 2007 when my son was born...
With my new baby there were so many things I wanted to try!  When we finally were ready to get out and be more social (when he was around 4 months old) we signed up for a Japanese language Baby Signs class.  Going to class gave us motivation to get started on our signing journey.  However, I was put off by the amount of homework we had... and that many of things were crafts which were not baby friendly.  As the course ended I started looking around for a couple of signing DVDs that we could use at home for further study.  That is when we discovered Baby Signing Time and Signing Time.

2008 - During the next year my son's signing took off. His first few signs started coming randomly at 9/10/11 months old. By 20 months old he was regularly using about 150 signs, most of which were learned from the Signing Time DVDs.
At that time we found a Baby Signs class in English in Tokyo and signed up.  While not all the signs used in class were ASL signs enough of the signs overlapped to allow him to take what he learned from Signing Time and use it in class.  The main reason for taking the class was so we could be in an environment where my son could interact with other English speakers and where his signing could be understood.  It is very hard to teach someone a language if they have no one to use it with!
One challenge we faced though was that the teacher of the class tried to discourage us from signing as my son was starting to talk.  The class administrator and other students though were very encouraging and supportive of our signing journey.  Thanks to the Signing Time Resource homepage I knew about all the potential benefits of signing and was excited to see where the journey would lead.

During the summer of 2009 I was asked by a few different people if I had considered becoming a baby sign language instructor.  It wasn't something I had ever imagined myself doing but when I started looking at the possibilities a great opportunity came up.  Two Little Hands, the people who bring us Signing Time, was working on creating the Signing Time Academy.  In the fall I became a STA certified Baby Signing Time instructor and started teaching my first class.

In 2010 my daughter was born so I took a few months off from teaching.  During that time I studied for and was achieved STA Master Instructor status.  With a super signing 2 year old I had plenty of chances to use everything I learned as his thirst for knowledge and new words (signs) was unlimited!

At the start of 2011 I returned to teaching regular Baby Signing Time classes - this time with 2 little signing assistants!
My daughter was born into a signing family which turned out to be a huge advantage for her.  She started responding to signs when she was 5 months old and by the time she turned one she was regularly using 10-15 signs.  Thanks to the example set by her brother she picked up many new signs so quickly that by 20 months old we were no longer able to keep track of how many signs she knew!
It has been interesting to see which signs she likes the most.  Generally they are signs (like dinosaur, umbrella and helicopter) that I didn't teach her directly but she picked up from her brother!  Signing has shown us her personality and is a key to the great relationship she has with her brother as it has allowed her to communicate with him directly from an early age.

In 2012 a new class was opened in Adachi-ku in addition to the regular classes on Suginami-ku.

That brings us up to this week.  It has been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to discovering where we will go from here!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Upcoming Potty TIme Workshop!


Potty Time Workshop トイレトレーニング・ワークショップ


Join us for a 1-hour introduction to how you can make potty training easier for you and more fun for your child. Potty Time works for children ages 1-5 and supports any potty training method you choose.
Contact Hana House to register.


This workshop will be held in the Hana House Bricks classroom near Nishiogikubo Stn. on the Chuo line in Suginami-ku, Tokyo.

Signing Timeを使ったトイレトレーニングセミナーです。まだ言葉が上手でないお子さんでも、

サインを使いながら楽しく、ストレスなくオムツを卒業できるようになります。
ぜひご参加ください。お申し込みはハナハウスまで。

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Story of Signing Time

Have you ever wondered abotu the story behind Signing Time?  It is an inspirational one.  Here is a recent video of Rachel sharing about Leah, Lucy (her daughters) and how Signing Time came to be!
http://www.infanthearing.org/videos/ehdi/rachel-coleman-one-deaf-child.php

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Introducing... Rachel and the TreeSchoolers!

The people who created Signing Time have put together a preschool DVD - which includes a bit of sign language.  If you want to do a bit of preschool homeschool this may turn out to be a great place to start!

So, here is a first look at Rachel and the TreeSchoolers!

The theme song is good... 



There is also a video of one of a new rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Our DVD isn't here yet... but I'll let you know what the kids think of it, and the related activities, after it arrives!

11月30日トイレトレーニングセミナー Potty Time Workshop

The next Potty Time Workshop is planned for Friday November 30th, 2012 from 1-2 PM at Hana House!

11月 30日(金)13:00−14:00
講師:江本ハイディー(英語 & 日本語)
ご参加費:2,000円(子育て応援券利用可)
会場:
東京都杉並区で  ハナハウス レンガ教室

申し込みはハナハウスまでhttp://www.hanahouse.jp/
☎ 03-6750-8677(平日10:00~16:00)info@hanahouse.jp

ベビー・サイン・ランゲージ・クラス Baby Sign Language Class

It is not too late to join the next session of Baby Signing Time classes in Takenotsuka!
竹の塚の新しいベビー・サイニング・タイム・クラスにまだ参加できます!

10/30  Lesson 2 “Eat & Drink”
11/6    Lesson 3 “Pets I Love”
11/13  Lesson 4 “Family”
11/20 (off week)
11/27  Lesson 5 “Clothing”
12/4   Lesson 6 “Here I Go”
12/11  Lesson 7 “My Nice Words”
12/18  Lesson 8 “Bed Time”

Teacher: Heidi Emoto 講師: 江本 ハイディー
http://www.kotobaandsign.info  


Takenotsuka Station is: 
 - 10 minutes from Kita Senju
 - 12 minutes from Ayase
 - 20 minutes from Ueno on Hibiya Line/Tobu Skytree Line
 - 40 minutes from Roppongi on Hibiya Line/Tobu Skytree Line
 - 20 minutes from Nippori
 - 11 minutes from Koshigaya
 - 30 minutes from Kasukabe

Friday, October 12, 2012

Creepy Crawly Things

Fome some reason at Baby Signing Time class we keep getting into the discussions of "How do you sign snake, worm and catterpillar?"

There are many variations that we've come across and everyone seems to want a firm answer.  So, in an attampt to provide that let's take a look!

Snake on Signing Savvy

Worm on Signing Savvy

Caterpillar on Signing Savvy

And as you know all these things crawl!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

竹の塚 の 秋の予定 Fall Schedule for Takenotsuka

Fall 2012 Schedule 秋の予定
Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ Class
ベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラス

ベーシッククラス 火10:30-11:30
Basic Class on Tuesdays 10:30-11:30
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆


10/16  体験/Lesson 1 “Theme & More”
10/23 (off week)
10/30  Lesson 2 “Eat & Drink”
11/6   Lesson 3 “Pets I Love”
11/13  Lesson 4 “Family”
11/20 (off week)
11/27  Lesson 5 “Clothing”
12/4   Lesson 6 “Here I Go”
12/11  Lesson 7 “My Nice Words”
12/18  Lesson 8 “Bed Time”

Teacher: Heidi Emoto 講師: 江本 ハイディー

Registration お申し込み
体験レッスンまたはクラスの受講を希望される方は、その旨を以下のお問い合わせフォームからお知らせくださるか、heidi @ signingtimeacademy.com までご連絡ください。

To register for a Trial Lesson or the Baby Signing Time class please fill out the form below or send an e-mail to heidi @ signingtimeacademy.com





Saturday, September 29, 2012

Books that Enhance

One of the great things about using ASL (American Sign Language) as the basis for signing with children is the wealth of "extra" books that you can use.  Since it is a real, full language there are new books constantly being made and many great ones already published.

The Baby Signing Time, Signing Time and Potty Time Board Books are currently hard to get your hands on in Japan.  However, I can take orders for them.  The other books can be purchased via Amazon.co.jp

The main books that we use in the baby class are, of course, the Baby Signing Time Board Books!


Potty Time Board Book: Hopkins Uses the Potty

Signing Time Board Books - These coordinate with the first 6 volumes of the Signing Time Series 1 DVDs & Flashcards



Below are some of the other books that we have used in class.  These are not from Signing Time but are based on ASL, the same as Signing Time.

Words by The Handful - a box set of small board books great for babies & toddlers  (see blog post)

Sign and Sing Along Series - Illustrated by Annie Kubler -  Popular English Children's songs illustrated with ASL signs.  Please note that there is also a BSL version (British Sign Langauge).
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Incey Wincey Spider 
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Sign About Series -Illustrated by Anthony Lewis -  Like little board book picture dictionaries.  Great for expanding vocabulary beyond what we cover in class.  Please note that there is also a BSL version (British Sign Langauge).
Getting Ready
Going Out
Play Time
Meal Time


Friday, September 28, 2012

From Class Today...

The fall session of classes at Hana House are in full swing!  Of course this also means there are many good questions coming up and I don't always have the time/resources on hand to take care of them in class.

One of the questions today was about where to look for words which are not covered in the Baby Signing Time series but are still be helpful to know.  Since we are using American Sign Language (ASL) there are many resources available to us!

One favorite link:  Signing Savvy  http://www.signingsavvy.com
While this is a membership site (you can pay for full access) it also has a number of features that you can use for free.  One of the best is an ASL video dictionary.  You can search for a word or browse through their list.  I believe there is a limit of 5 signs a day for the "free" search.
Today some of the "extra" words that people asked about included:
Coffee - movement like a handheld coffee grinder
Hospital / Clinic - fingerspell "h" and make the sign of a cross - like a red cross patch on your arm
Doctor - fingers move like taking a pulse - another variation is fingerspell "d" taking the pulse
Medicine - like you are smashing a pill in your hand

★ Please note that like any spoken language there is more than one way to "say" the same word.  Some of the signs may not be the exact same one that is used in Signing Time.  That does not mean that one is "right" and the other "wrong" - they are simply "different"!

The questions about signs for visiting the doctor lead to an interesting discussion of how in English we use "medicine" as a general term for a variety of medicines (pills, drops, lotions etc.) but in Japanese くすり is usually taken to mean the kind you swallow - which is incidentally seemingly more often in powder form in Japan than in the US.

Yes, we gather in class to learn to communicate with our children through signing but we also learn a lot of other things along the way!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Signing up a Storm!

Miss Mega (who just turned 2) has been signing up a storm - and signing about storms - every day.  Her toddler energy is amazing!  Every day she adds both new words and new signs.  Her spoken languages (mainly Japanese and English) often leave us wondering what words she is trying to pronounce so we rely heavily on the signs she uses to help us untangle this web.
It is very common for bilingual / multilingual toddlers to mix spoken languages - even in the same sentence.  Mega also mixes ASL signs with her two main spoken languages.  As toddlers grown into preschoolers they will naturally separate and isolate both spoken and signed languages.  This adorable (and sometimes frustrating!) time of mixing languages is super cute so we are trying to catch some of the conversations on video.

A conversation on a rainy morning...

A typical morning conversation...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Classes at Hana House Fall 2012 ハナハウスで秋のクラス


The Basic Class trial lessons are nearly full! ベーシック・クラスはもうすぐ定員になりそうです!

アドバンス・クラスはまだ空きがあります (金曜日 14:10-14:45)。アドバンス・クラスは初級レベル(ベーシック・クラス)を終えた方あるいはそれに相当するレベルを他の教室などで終えている方対象となります。
There is still space in the Advanced class (Fri. 14:05 - 14:45) for students who have either completed the Basic Class or who have studied someplace else or on there own.  Please contact Hana House for information on joining the Advanced Class!


We are having trial lessons this week and next for the new fall session of Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class.今週と来週に次の新しいベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラスの体験レッスンがあります。
体験クラス:9/7(金)、9/14(金)13:00 - 13:50 (約80分)
内容:サイン育児(ベビーサイニング)の素晴らしい世界 & Lesson 1
Trial lesson: Friday, September 9th 13:00 - 13:50 and Friday September 14th 13:00 - 13:50
The trial lesson includes an introduction to using sign language to improve communication with infants and toddlers. It also includes the first lesson of the Baby Signing Time course.
会場:レンガ教室 、 定員:10組(満席になり次第受付終了)
参加費:1,500円(子育て応援券利用可)
Location: Hana House Bricks Classroom
Class Size: Max. of 10 parent/child pairs
Trial Lesson Fee: 1,500 yen (payable in cash of Suginami-ku Kosodate Oenken)


お問い合わせはハナハウスまでお願いします(平日10時〜17時)。
For more information or to sign up please contact Hana House either by e-mail info@hanahouse.jp or phone 03-6750-8677 or 080-4322-9490(Weekdays 10:00-17:00) (Both English and Japanese are OK)


ハナハウスでのベビー・サイニング・タイム“Sign and Play”クラスは、二つのレベルがあり、それぞれ8回のレッスンから成っています。ベーシック・クラスは、体験レッスン+7回のレッスン。アドバンス・クラスは、初級レベル(ベーシック・クラス)を終えた方あるいはそれに相当するレベルを他の教室などで終えている方対象となり、8回のレッスンとなります。
The Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class at Hana House consists of two levels with 8 lessons each.  The Basic Class includes the Trial Lesson + 7 weekly lessons.  The Advanced Class is for students who have previously completed the beginner level, or the equivalent, and consists of 8 weekly lessons.


クラスのスケジュールや費用などの詳細はこちらをご覧ください。
Details including class dates and cost are here.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Potty Training Workshop トイレトレーニング・ワークショップ

Please note: The November workshop has been moved to November 23rd (a natinoal holiday in Japan)  from 13:00-14:00.

Potty Training Workshop

トイレトレーニング・ワークショップ

8月24日 午後1:00〜2:0

1-hour introduction to the Potty Time Program
 learn how you can make potty training easier for you and more fun for your child. Potty Time works for children ages 0-5 and supports any potty training method you choose. 
 Contact Hana House (in Suginami-ku, Tokyo) to register.

トイレトレーニングセミナーです。まだ言葉が上手でないお子さんでも、サインを使いながら楽しく、ストレスなくオムツを卒業できるようになります。
お申し込みは東京都杉並区にあるハナハウスまで。


Here is a preview of what Potty Time has to offer!


Potty Time preview from Signing Time on Vimeo.

Monday, May 21, 2012

竹の塚体験レッスン

東京都足立区
in Adachi-ku, Tokyo

We are having trial lesson on Tuesday, May 29th in Takenotsuka for the new session of Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class. 5月29日(火)に足立区竹ノ塚で次のベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラスの体験レッスンがあります。


体験レッソン:5/29(火)10:30-11:20

会場:竹の塚ルーテル教会
定員:10組(満席になり次第受付終了)
参加費:1,000円

Trial lesson: Tuesday, May 29th 10:30-11:20 
The trial lesson includes an introduction to using sign language to improve communication with infants and toddlers. It also includes the first lesson of the Baby Signing Time course.

Location: Takenotsuka Lutheran Church
Class Size: Max. of 10 parent/child pairs
Trial Lesson Fee: 1,000 yen (payable in cash)

☎でのお問い合わせは教会
(03)3899-2529までお願いします
メールはheidi @ signingtimeacademy.comまで。
For more information or to sign up please contact Heidi either by e-mail heidi @ signingtimeacademy.com or call the church (03)3899-2529 (Both English and Japanese are OK)

言葉&サインのベビー・サイニング・タイム“Sign and Play”クラスは、二つのレベルがあり、それぞれ8回のレッスンから成っています。ベーシック・クラスは、体験レッスン+7回のレッスン。アドバンス・クラスは、初級レベル(ベーシック・クラス)を終えた方あるいはそれに相当するレベルを他の教室などで終えている方対象となり、8回のレッスンとなります。
The Kotoba & Sign Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class consists of two levels with 8 lessons each.  The Basic Class includes the Trial Lesson + 7 weekly lessons.  The Advanced Class is for students who have previously completed the beginner level, or the equivalent, and consists of 8 weekly lessons.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mullberry Bush サインで読める絵本

There are many books that you can read even if you know just a few signs.  One of the favorites at our house is Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush from the Child's Play Classic Books with Holes series. 
サインで読める絵本
Here is a video clip of Mega reading the page with bath and brushing teeth.  She is 21 months old in this video and uses ASL signs along with spoken words.  Since she is still young her pronunciation is not great but thanks to the signs it is easy to know what she is saying!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Signing at 19 Months Old

I'm digging through the videos on my computer to find examples of signing.  Here are a couple of my daughter at 19 months old.

Vest From Friend

Reading Baby Siging Time Flashcards

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Flashcards On Stroller

Here is a great use for the Baby Signing Time and Signing Time flashcards:
Add them to some baby rings and hook them to the stroller!  They make for great reading on trains or while waiting in lines.  The flashcards can also come in handy when your child is being shy and would rather point than speak or sign!

Potty Time Success Chart

Miss Mega, my toddler, is loving her Potty Time Success Chart
She filled it up today :-)
You can download your own Success Chart for free from the Potty Time homepage.  I have a penchant for laminating things so of course ours is laminated so we can use it over and over again.  Pair it with some sticker's your child loves and you're ready to go!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sign of the Week 今週の手話

この下にはサイニング・タイム・ブローグから2月と3月の「今週のサイン(手話)」のリンクあります。 Here are the links to the Sign Of The Week posts for February and March from the Signing Time Blog!

Like すき!
Blue 青
L 
Son 息子
Wet 濡れた
Yes はい
Flower 花

Thursday, April 12, 2012

サインで遊ぼう!Play Group

サインで遊ぼう!
Sign & Play Group
プレイ・グループは季節ごとに開催される、
サインと英語を楽しむ集まりです。
Theme
Colors
4月20日 13:00〜14:00
at the Bricks Classroom
@レンガ教室
参加費:1,000円(子育て応援券利用可) 
詳しいこととお申し込みはハナハウスまで
03-6750-8677(平日10:0016:00) info@hanahouse.jp

I Can Talk With My Hands... Can You?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Potty Training Corner & Books

Today we had the first Potty Time Workshop and I think it went rather well.  It was an interesting time of sharing ideas and stories.  One thing we talked about today is how to set up the potty area so all the things you need are within arm's reach.  Here is our little set-up:
The top pocket is where we keep the books to read while waiting.  There is also a pack of flushable wipes.  The second pocket has clean diapers and on the bottom liners for cloth diapers hang next to the paper towel for cleaning up accidents.

Here are some of our favorite books to haev on hand while potty training:

A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual by Karen Katz
ISBN-13: 978-0689874239

Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street)
ISBN-13: 978-0375810459

Potty by Leslie Patricelli
ISBN-13: 978-0763644765

Hopkins Uses the Potty
ISBN-13: 9781936859115

Friday, March 9, 2012

トイレトレーニング・ワークショップ

トイレトレーニング・ワークショップ Potty Training Workshop
Join us for a 1-hour introduction to the Potty Time Program and learn how you can make potty training easier for you and more fun for your child. Potty Time works for children ages 1-5 and supports any potty training method you choose. 

We are offering the same workshop on two different days 
for your convenience.  Contact Hana House to register.
Signing Timeを使ったトイレトレーニングセミナーです。まだ言葉が上手でないお子さんでも、サインを使いながら楽しく、ストレスなくオムツを卒業できるようになります。ぜひご参加ください。下記#1か#2のいずれかご都合のよいほうにお越しください。お申し込みはハナハウスまで。
メール info@hanahouse.jp
☎ 03-6750-8677


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Potty Time Workshop

Next week we will have 2 Potty Time workshops at Hana House.  The first is on Tuesday, March 13th and the second is on Saturday, March 17th.  I am leading the same program on both days.  This workshop is a chance to learn about different options in potty training kids.  There are so many ways to do it: starting from birth or when a baby can sit alone or starts signing or turns a certain age... This workshop will encourage and equip parents to make potty training into a positive experience for both parent and child.
 Are you interested in coming?

Please contact Hana House for further details!

Making my "teacher's copy" of the various free downloads from the Potty Time website.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ready For Potty Time?

A while back I posted about how we used (and you can use!) signs to help with potty training here.  Since that time Two Little Hands, the company which makes Signing Time, has created a wonderful new resource called Potty Time.

We are love, love, loving Potty Time!

Potty Time preview from Signing Time on Vimeo.

Mega, who is 19 months old, has been using the potty inconsistently for a while so the release of the potty time products is perfect timing for her.  Zilla, the 4 yr. old big brother, also loves the music and happily sings/signs along when the video is on.
The kid's favorite song by far is "Let's Celebrate".  The words are general enough to be used for most any celebration and with the upbeat music it is perfect for a kitchen dance party to burn some of their extra energy!

 Another great feature is the free Potty Time App.  It includes a success chart, game, book and other useful features.  Here the kids are playing the memory game.

 Now they are "reading" the book about Hopkins using the potty.

Mega enjoys the Potty Time watch, which plays music to remind her it is time to use the potty.  
While there are many "add-ons" you can choose to buy in the Potty Time series there are also many freebies, making it an economical option for everyone.  Check out the  PT Blog too as the PT experts are doing a great job of collecting information and resources to address nearly every potty training situation!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Find The Bug!

One favorite activity from class is the game "Find the Bug".  The kids/parents go around the room looking for bugs and practicing signs such as "where", "bug", "up", "down" and "all done".

Sign Of The Week

この下にはサイニング・タイム・ブローグから12月と1月の「今週のサイン(手話)」のリンクあります。 Here are the links to the Sign Of The Week posts for December and January from the Signing Time Blog!

Grass 草
Cold 冷たい
Want ほしい
Book 本
Dry 乾かす、ドライ
House 家
Letter "K"
Green 緑
Diaper おむつ
Wash Hands 手を洗う

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sign Your Memory Work

In the mornings at our house the kids and I have "school" time. As part of our learning challenges we memorize a Bible verse each week.  Recently we started using Sign & Say Bible Verses for Children.  Since the book uses ASL vocabulary the kids already know some of the signs.  Both Zilla (4 yrs.) and Mega (18 mo.) are enjoying learning their memory work this way!
Signing memory work is also a great way to spent some of the "extra" energy that little boys always seem to have stored up!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Trial Lesson & New Class

We are having trial lessons this week and next for the new winter session of Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class.今週と来週に次の新しいベビー・サイニング・タイムのクラスの体験レッスンがあります。
体験クラス:1/20(金)、1/27(金)14:10-15:30 (約80分)
内容:サイン育児(ベビーサイニング)の素晴らしい世界 & Lesson 1
Trial lesson: Friday, January 20th 14:10-15:30 and Friday January 27th 14:10-15:30
The trial lesson includes an introduction to using sign language to improve communication with infants and toddlers. It also includes the first lesson of the Baby Signing Time course.
会場:レンガ教室 、 定員:10組(満席になり次第受付終了)
参加費:1,500円(子育て応援券利用可)
Location: Hana House Bricks Classroom
Class Size: Max. of 10 parent/child pairs
Trial Lesson Fee: 1,500 yen (payable in cash of Suginami-ku Kosodate Oenken)


お問い合わせはハナハウスまでお願いします(平日10時〜17時)。
For more information or to sign up please contact Hana House either by e-mail info@hanahouse.jp or phone 03-6750-8677 or 080-4322-9490(Weekdays 10:00-17:00) (Both English and Japanese are OK)


ハナハウスでのベビー・サイニング・タイム“Sign and Play”クラスは、二つのレベルがあり、それぞれ8回のレッスンから成っています。ベーシック・クラスは、体験レッスン+7回のレッスン。アドバンス・クラスは、初級レベル(ベーシック・クラス)を終えた方あるいはそれに相当するレベルを他の教室などで終えている方対象となり、8回のレッスンとなります。
The Baby Signing Time ☆ Sign and Play ☆ class at Hana House consists of two levels with 8 lessons each.  The Basic Class includes the Trial Lesson + 7 weekly lessons.  The Advanced Class is for students who have previously completed the beginner level, or the equivalent, and consists of 8 weekly lessons.


クラスのスケジュールや費用などの詳細はこちらをご覧ください。
Details including class dates and cost are here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

あけましておめでとう!

Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!
Did you get a signing start? 新年も手話をつかっていますか?
Are you ready for more signing? もっと手話をしたいですか?
Here are a couple of our signing moments from over the holiday:
以下は、冬休み中の私たちの手話のスナップです。
Miss Mega (16 months) curled up in sleeping bag with her panda, signing bed/night-night.
パンダのぬいぐるみと一緒に寝袋に入って、“おやすみ”の手話をする娘(16ヶ月)

Mega in a box... when asked what she was doing, she replied by signing "boat"!
箱の中にいる娘...彼女に何をしてるのと訊くと、手話で“ボート”と答えてくれました!

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。

heidi@signingtimeacademy.com

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