Friday, May 13, 2011

More fun with baby sign language

Last month I discussed (here) how we have continued to use baby sign language now that Nate is well into toddlerhood. As I said in that post, our use had really diminished since Nate has become so verbal. When we taped that little video of Nate for the post I started out by asking him to demonstrate a few of the signs that we used so frequently before he could talk. He had so much fun doing it that he kept asking me to quiz him on more and more words. Of course, I could barely remember any at the time. And in a very non-Nate move, he wanted me to videotape it all. Here's round fifty-six:

video
Nate signs PANCAKE, WATER, SLEEPY, TRUCK, HAT, WASHING MACHINE, VACUUM, HELICOPTER, PASTA and AVOCADO 


I had no idea that renewing the topic with him would be such a big hit. Since then we've made a game out of signing (totally Nate led). He loves finding out the sign for words and practicing them. He'll even let me shape his fingers if he's having difficulty with a particular sign (like turtle - it can be difficult to get that head poking out and wiggling properly). He gets the biggest kick out of it. I really want to stick with it and treat it like a second language. I figure the more neurons making connections (that's what happens when you learn other languages, right?) the better. Back to the books to learn more signs...
 
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