Many parents who want to introduce sign language for kids are unsure of the best age for kids to start learning. They may be afraid that, if they start too early, the child will not be able to learn and understand what the signs mean. Other parents worry that teaching a baby or toddler sign language may make them talk later or discourage them from practicing speech and using their words.
In fact, the opposite is true. Research has demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements (American Sign Language) to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in the participating preschool children. This research was conducted by Dr. Marilyn Daniels, a professor of speech communication at Penn State University. - kidcourses.com
Open up the lines of communication with your child with signs for "more", "done", "eat", "change" and other signs for everyday items. Below is a our TOP 10 list of Sign Language tools to help your child develop their sign language:
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- Use these 400 colorfully illustrated sign language cards to teach or review signs for numbers, the alphabet, family, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more. These cards are great for any age group. One side gives the word and a picture illustration, and the other side illustrates how to make the sign.
2 - American Sign Language Blocks (Click HERE to purchase)
- An educational toy for those who use American Sign Language to communicate. Touch the two debossed sides on every block of this 28 block set. Use your fingertips to trace the clean, European-style font that accompanies every letter. Feel the attention to detail in every handcrafted cube.
3 - Baby Signs (Click HERE to purchase)
- Long before they're able to talk, babies have a whole lot to say. With this adorable board book of essential signs, babies and toddlers can easily learn how to communicate their needs, wants, and feelings and even make basic observations with a simple gesture. Studies show that babies who use sign language feel less frustrated, throw fewer tantrums, and often learn to talk more easily.
4 - Education Alphabet: Signs, Letters, Sounds (Click HERE to purchase)
- Learning cards are a wonderful way to reinforce basic principles, lessons, and skills. The Signs, Letters, Sounds set includes 26 cards (5.5" x 8.5" each), featuring the American Sign Language sign, the upper- and lowercase letter, and a photo object.
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- AWARD WINNING FIRST SIGN LANGUAGE Board Book, Flashcards and DVD Collection for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! Perfect for preschool prep! Bundle includes 45 minute SIGN LANGUAGE DVD, 16-page Preschool SIGN LANGUAGE Board Book and 36-piece SIGN LANGUAGE Flashcard Set that teaches babies, toddlers and preschool children ASL SIGN LANGUAGE in one convenient Value Pack! All 3 teaching tools are designed to complement the subject and enhance learning.
6 - Plan Toys Hand Sign Alphabet A-Z (Click HERE to purchase)
- Add variety to your knowledge of Alphabets with this sign language set. The 26 piece set features an impressed upper case and lower case letters, and corresponding American hand sign language picture. Made in PlanWood. For more than 30 years, PlanToys has been consistently developing its products and activities with a strong commitment to contribute positively to the world.
7 - Signing Time DVD Eco-Pack: Series One (Click HERE to purchase)
- Teaches your child more than 400 ASL signs. Get all 13 DVD from Series One in one handy case. Now it's easy to take Signing Time anywhere you go! This set of educational videos helps boost vocabulary, spelling and reading skills! This set contains thirteen DVDs in one economical case
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- Small Fry Productions is winner of 55 awards. Talking Hands interactive DVD features live action and real children. Small Fry's Talking Hands DVD teaches more than 30 words using American Sign Language ASL and Signing Exact English SEE in familiar surroundings to make fast learning connections. Your child will hear lively music with a gentle, instructional voice describing what your child is seeing. Talking Hands uses the teach, repeat, review method throughout. Children have the ability to sign even before they can speak. Talking Hands encourages family interaction and bonding. 45 minutes in length. For ages 1 to 5
9 - Sign Language Alphabet Peg Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
- PreK & up
- Great for learning the sign language alphabet!
10 - Baby Signing Time DVD Collection (Click HERE to purchase)
- Baby Signing Time DVD Collection is a great first step into signing. Created specifically for babies as young as 3 months old up to 3 years, yet fun for the whole family! Features Emmy-nominated host Rachel Coleman, along with animated Baby Alex, Baby Leah, and Baby Hopkins. Each DVD is approximately 30 minutes and includes special features plus closed captioning.