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Teacher Jessie signing & Tori
Sunshine and Sprinkler fun
Sign Language in
infants and toddlers
Specialized sign language is language skills already devel-
sometimes used to communi- oped, as well as increasing the
We visited the toddler play
cate with infants and toddlers. speed of both early literacy
ground. We also practiced
While infants and toddlers skills and spatial reasoning
safety by wearing helmets on
have a desire to communicate development. They assert that
the big bikes. Kimmie helped
their needs and wishes, they babies who can communicate
Angel by giving her a push.
lack the ability to do so their wants and needs through Gavin went hill climbing on
clearly because the production Kimmie signing “more” signs develop self-esteem, the new terrain.
of speech lags behind cogni- they are able to produce un- social-emotional skills, and
tive ability in the first months derstandable speech. feelings of accomplishment
and years of life.. Proponents Proponents say that teaching and satisfaction, and are much
of baby sign language say that sign language to infants im- happier than babies or infants
this gap between desire to proves communication skills who do not, less likely to
communicate and ability often between the child, parent, and throw tantrums, and in some
leads to frustration and tan- other caregivers. Infants also cases can develop a higher IQ.
trums. However, since hand- quickly learn to match an item Proponents say it teaches in-
eye coordination develops with a certain gesture, thus fants how to start as well as
sooner than acquisition of communicating what they are engage in a conversation.
verbal skills, infants can learn truly thinking, feeling, and Even our youngest
simple signs for common needing. Proponents also say infant, Evan, was
words such as "eat", "sleep", excitedly signing
learning sign language pro- “bird” with his
"more", "hug", "play", motes the development of teacher Jessie
"cookie", "teddy bear", before language skills and reinforces
Gavin helping his
time with their new teachers in friend Kimmie come
Transitions their own safe environment. their backs. They seem
to be adjusting well.
down the slide
As they get more familiar with
The time for transition is ap- Rob and Janai, they may spend Please remember the
proaching fast. With all of our some time in the new class- best way to support your child
children going into the same room. We will be preparing the with their transition is to help
class, we are able to orient children for other toddler rou- them have consistent atten-
them with their new teachers tines as well. For some, this dance. If you have any ques-
easily. The older infants have means chairs without buckles tions or concerns please let us
been taking short visits to their and naps without bottles. At know. We would like this tran-
soon to be new environments. nap time, we have been laying sition to be as smooth as possi- Water play is an everyday
The younger ones will spend the children down and rubbing ble for the children. activity in the hot sun!!
Enjoying Stories and Books from Creative Curriculum
Sharing stories and infants and tod- children learn about
books with young dlers to identify light, heavy, big-
Irvin is exploring
children can be and handle their little, and soft-hard. his book by put-
Angel is kicking among the most emotions, and to As they look at pic- ting it on his head.
back inside this
treasured times of feel connected to ture books, children
box enjoying her
your day. With so their families also learn concepts about size, num-
many excellent Fawn is pointing to throughout the ber, and spatial relationships such as
books to touch, look at, and listen to, pictures in a book day. Learning up-down, in-out, and over-under.
children will grow to love books. about moving: Young children get
Even young infants, who do not yet Looking at books encourages very information and learn
understand the messages found in young children to use their fine motor how to do many
books, learn from exploring them. skills. Infants explore books in the things from books.
Sharing stories and books with in- same ways that they explore every- Learning about com-
fants and toddlers supports their de- thing else. They reach for and grab, municating:
velopment and learning in many mouth and chew, shake, turn, and Storytelling and book
ways. Learning about themselves toss books. At 4-6 mo., infants learn Josiah is tell- reading help children
and others: The comfort of your lap to grasp objects, including books. ing Jessie build vocabulary and
and the warmth of your voice create Sitting up frees a baby’s hands to about his book increasingly complex
enjoyable associations with books reach, grasp, and hold books. Mobile language skills. They
and reading. Well before they can infants love to stick their fingers be- enable young children to learn new
understand the words, children gain a tween pages, wave books in the air, words form naming animals, objects,
sense of security form the familiar point to pictures, and pat the illustra- actions, experiences, feelings, and
rhythm of a favorite sleep-time book. tions. Toddlers can hold books with ideas. A young infant enjoys the
As children grow older, they begin to both hands and turn sturdy pages. sounds of language as you read sim-
relate to pictures and stories of famil- Learning about the world: Books ple books. As you point to a picture
iar places and events. Books help help children make sense of the of a cow, a mobile infant says, “moo,
children learn about how people are world and learn new concepts. As moo,” repeating the sounds as you
the same and different. They help they explore the properties of books, just made. Later, toddlers name pic-
tures and fill in repetitive words and
phrases when you pause during read-
My Grandmother’s Stories ings. They explore book reading
Every single evening, before I go to bed, when they pretend to read to their
My grandma tells me stories that come out of her head. dolls or tell their teddy bears a bed-
She tells me many stories about relatives she knew, time story.
And what’s best about her stories is that all of them are true.
She tells me about her mother who knew Martin Luther King the pages of his
And followed him on a freedom walk on a beautiful day in book
She tells me about her children and the great things they have
She put them all through college, every single one.
When grandma tells me stories, I listen very well.
She has such wondrous things to say, so many things to tell. We have baby faces, simple
rhymes, familiar objects, sign
And when she tells me stories, her voice is like a song. Myah and Gavin sit and read language, and soft sensory
It makes me feel warm inside. I know where I belong. together books in our classroom