Ever since one of my sisters introduced our family to signing with babies, I knew I wanted to do it whenever I had a baby. We started signing with Sadie about the same time we introduced solid foods. We’ve only introduced a few signs to her, and it’s taken a while, but we’re starting to see that she’s catching on. So far she’s signing (versions of) “eat” and “more.” There’s a whole list of words I’d like to ramp up to, like: again, ball, bath, bear, blanket, book, cat, cheese, cold, cracker, daddy, diaper, dog, doll, drink, help, hungry, hurt, kiss, love, mad, milk, mommy, no, open, please, safe, school, shirt, sleep, socks, sorry, spoon, stop, thank you, want, water, wet and yes. I know there are tons of other signs that will be fun to do, but first I want to focus on the “down to business” signs.
Is anybody else out there signing with your babies or toddlers? What words have I left off of my list that would be useful?
There are loads of books and DVDs out there to teach you (and your baby) signs. There are even “apps for that.” BUT I’m all about stuff that’s free, so I’m cobbling my ASL vocabulary together with a handful of websites. Here’s what I’ve found so far:
Signing with your Baby is a good website to get started. I liked the articles under “The Basics.”
ASL Pro has a video-illustrated dictionary, and they’ve even got an “ASL for Babies” dictionary. There are a few different people demonstrating the signs, so there’s less uniformity, but it’s kind of funny to watch their expressions.
And the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University is fantastic. The same (somewhat stern looking) woman demonstrates all of the signs, which I like. The video images are smaller than on ASL Pro, which makes seeing the details a little more difficult.
Are there any (free) resources I’m missing out on?