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May 01 2023 - Jun 26 2023


6:30 pm





My Smart Hands: Baby Signing Level 1

This is a multi-day workshop. Please ensure you are available for all the dates listed below:
Online 8 Mondays May 1, 8, 15, 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Babies begin to gesture at a fairly early age; putting their hands in the air to be picked up, pointing at things they want etc. They quickly learn that these movements will elicit a reaction from their parents and caregivers. Taking that natural gesturing to the next level, parents / caregivers have started to teach their children specific signs that they can use to communicate their needs. MySmartHands® uses signs taken from a real sign language such as ASL in North America. By using ASL signs with babies we are not teaching them the actual language, you are simply using the exact sign for the exact English word. Creator Laura Berg designed this program with fun interactive activities, songs and rhymes that can be taught in an adult / baby playgroup atmosphere or in a more adult friendly setting. Level 1 starts with the basics of sign language, such as the alphabet and simple words completely tailored to the words young children use when they first start communicating.

Note: It includes online access to the workbook needed for this course. A printed copy will also be mailed to participants through Canada Post, before the end of the course.

Living Inquiries:

Communication and literacies.
Well-being and belonging.

Multiple model of communication.
Language and communication.
Vocabulary, symbols.
Joy in relationships with other people.
Individual differences
Every child is a gift.

Facilitator: Elisha DiFabio

Elisha has been teaching baby sign language for 10+ years. It has been a wonderful experience for her and being a clear communicator is of utmost importance in her life and everything she takes on. Her teaching style has been more creative and amazing due to her background in education, theatre, comedy and musical performance. Elisha also regularly uses ASL signs in her home life, with her young daughter.

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