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, May 21, 2012


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。



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)

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. 
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!

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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