Sign & Sing: Sign language curriculum for parents with hearing children
Parents learn the research-proven methods shown to speed language development in hearing children, ease frustration, and enhance long-term learning abilities. Through songs, toys, and loving playtime between you and your child, Kat’s Musik’s Sign & Sing shows you more than 50 signs your child can use to communicate with you. When your child is chasing a soap bubble or asking for the ball, you’ll make the sign for it, and say the word, so your baby has three ways to associate the word with the object: holding the ball, hearing you say the word, and seeing you make the sign.
Songs and fingerplays.
Already accustomed to fingerplays and rhyme-songs—such as “This Little Piggy”—you’ll easily substitute American Sign Language (ASL) signs in familiar songs, improving your child’s language skills, fine motor skills, and strengthen fingers for zipping zippers and using scissors. Your little one will learn sign language faster while having fun—and playing with you. So we’ll sing songs and insert the signs as we say the words, play with toys, and help our little ones learn both the spoken word and the sign.
Learn when you play.
You’ll never have to memorize a list of signs. This curriculum gives you the ASL signs that are most useful to you, and most interesting to your child. So playtime and everyday items around the house—ball, bubbles, mom and dad—become the objects of learning in the classroom, and sign language becomes a natural, happy part of your child’s day. You’ll learn to spot your baby’s most “teachable moments,” and you’ll learn the sign language teaching methods of the experts, such as making the sign in front of a child, on your child’s body, or when your baby looks up at you in wonder as if to ask, “What’s that?” Plus you’ll learn to recognize and respond to your child’s versions of signs.
Hearing children who know signs, learn language almost twice as fast.
As early as 11-14 months old, hearing children exposed to sign language put little sentences together faster than non-signing children, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences, such as “Da-da car” until the average age of 20 months.
Benefits for Your Child and You
- Communicate with your child even before he or she can form the words.
- Ease a child’s frustration by helping her communicate what she needs, speed language development, and enhance long-term learning abilities.
- Know when your child is most ready to interact and learn.
- Learn sign language teaching methods, such as making the sign on a child’s body, on the floor, or hand over hand.
- Recognize and respond to your child’s version of signs.
Enjoy the Journey All Week Long
Sign & Sing is much more than a weekly class. The At Home Materials you receive from Ms. Kat help you to continue that one-of-a-kind experience at home. Family involvement in your child’s learning is a fundamental cornerstone of the Kat’s Musik philosophy because we believe the parent is the child’s most important teacher and the home is the most important place for a child’s learning to take root and grow.
Compared to developmental norms, children whose families use this curriculum have enriched language and communication skills:
- While the average 8 month old will have no spoken words, the average Sign & Sing child will have 5 signs and 1 word.
- While the average 12 month old will have 3-5 spoken words, the average Sign & Sing child will have 25 signs and 16 words
- At 18 months, the average child will have 10-50 spoken words. In contrast, the average Signing Smart child will have 79 signs and 105 words.
- In addition, a majority of Sign & Sing children begin combining signs and words or signs and signs together to form little sentences at 11-14 months. Compare this to non-signers, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences (e.g., “Da-da car”) until 20 months old on average!
These results indicate that ASL signs, used in combination with Sign & Sing strategies, facilitate both overall communicative abilities as well as spoken language skills in hearing infants and toddlers.