I know it’s not the healthiest attitude to have but every now and then I ascribe to the “if you don’t try, you can’t fail” theory. One of the things I applied this theory to was baby sign language. My thought was that it was trendy, teaching a baby to speak english is going to be hard enough, I don’t know anything about sign language so how can I teach? In elementary school, our whole class learned to sign the ABC’s and Happy Birthday — well, the whole class except for me. Memorization and dancing aren’t my thing and sign language is like a complicated, beautiful dance with your fingers, if it’s not freestyle, I can’t even try it.
Teaching sign language to Lulu wasn’t ever a problem, she brought it home from school and taught us. The first word that Jay and I learned was “all done”. This happened because she kept giving us jazz hands at the end of each meal and continued until we took her out of her high chair. “More” was a VERY common word whenever food was around or we were reading books or singing songs.
This month we are all going to a class. I still have a huge problem with memorization but if a baby can learn it, I can, right?
Meet up with us at the Signing Time Workshop with Rachel Coleman on Friday April 27th at 6:30pm. The workshop is at the Indiana Convention Center (100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis). The cost is $15 per person or $25 per family. We’re taking the whole family! To register, email email@example.com or call 317.472.6106. Let me know if you’ll be there so we can say hi!
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