October 16, 2008
This was the first time Elanor--and eventually Ian (as you'll see in the video) used sign language. It was about a month ago. They asked for "more" Cheerios. Elanor kept asking until both her little fists were filled up with Cheerios--and she still kept asking.
It was amazing to see them control their environment through language. I could see that they got the idea of language, communication, and expressing their wants and needs. All in a little hand gesture. Now they use "more" all the time.
They can also sign "please." In fact, Ian and I had our first argument the other day. He wanted to play with the shiny DVDs. Mommy said "no," he signed "please," and we went back and forth for awhile before I redirected him.
I need to get up the gumption to teach them some more signs, because it really has reduced stress at feedings, and given them the ability to let us know what they want.
I think the excitement in your voice is pretty cool, too. :D
I've found HELP is a good sign, too. That way they can ask for help instead of screaming when they need it. And then there's fun animal signs.
Do you have a Signing TIme DVD? I can send you one (espeically if you remind me LOTS)
Posted by: Jeannette at October 16, 2008 7:41 PM
Genevieve has a few signs under her belt now, too. She says: more, thank you, please, and all done. I realized the other day they all have to do with eating. I make her say please though for other things. It does help a lot when she tells us she is all done or if she wants more. Yay for Elanor and Ian, they are getting so big!
Posted by: S-G at October 17, 2008 10:08 PM
Isn't it so cute when they do "please"?
Though, when my oldest was excited, he started looking spastic and other parents would look at us worriedly.
Posted by: TulipGirl at October 18, 2008 12:03 AM
TG--hee, yeah, I almost forgot that about three months ago, Ian was doing "please," but it was mainly a spastic thing he'd do when he was stressed out over me not giving him bites quick enough, but it cut down on the crying.
DiBer--Yes!!!! I want a signing time DVD, pleeeeeeaasee! I was hoping our tiny library would have one, but no luck. They had one, less well-done signing video, and Elanor was entranced the whole time. "Help" is a good idea, too.
S-G: Yay for Genevieve, I can't believe how big she is now!
Posted by: Jo at October 21, 2008 9:59 PM