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, 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!
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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