Come Sign With Me!
Sign language gives babies a way to "talk" to their parents, before they can speak!
Give your child a way to share their thoughts and feelings as you begin effective two-way communication. Doing sign language with your child has recently been featured on "20/20," Oprah," the "Today" show & the movie "Meet the Fockers." Now YOU can take part in this wonderful experience with your own child!
Learn how to easily and effectively use ASL (American Sign Language) signs into your daily routines, and what the recommended "first signs" are. Signing with children does not require parents or caregivers to learn a new language. Rather, sign language teaches a few simple signs that empower children to communicate.
About Tara (How did I decide to do this?)
In college I took Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Sign Language. It was in my Beginning Sign Language class that I first heard about the concept of signing with babies before they could talk. My professor had triplets and taught them all to sign so she could better care for their needs. I decided then and there I wanted to do that with MY future children. It wasnt until I was doing a research project that I came across Dr. Joseph Garcia, his research, and his program for teaching babies to sign.
In 2004 I became a mother and was very eager to begin using sign language with my children. We began using Sign Language with our hearing daughter, Allie, the day we brought her home from the hospital, using Joseph Garcias SIGN with your BABY program. At four months old Allie understood when we signed, "milk" to her. At only six months she could tell us when she was hungry or, needed her diaper changed. What a great help it was to have her be able to communicate those needs without crying, but by using her signs! We continued using ASL with her adding one sign at a time, and by her first birthday she could sign over 20 words!
I have used the concepts from SIGN with your BABY and have witnessed the benefits of this amazing program first hand! I have become a passionate advocate of signing with babies and children, and want to share what our family has learned with other parents and caregivers of young children.
Programs & Investment
CLASSES: /family -includes handouts
During this 4-week class (one hour per week) you will learn ASL signs for: foods, family, bedtime, playtime & more! We use books, songs, props and toys to create an optimal (and fun) learning environment. Each week is based on a different theme. The class teaches 50+ signs total (& any other signs the parents want to know.)
WORKSHOPS: /family -includes handouts
This is a 2 1/2 hour mini-class and is geared toward the parents. (It is more einformative than "fun.)
Time on these can vary. Presentations go over benefits of doing sign language with your baby and teaches 3 signs.
SIGNING AT STORYTIME: FREE
This is a one-hour session where we will read different books and learn signs from each book. -We love to read!
We have a playgroup in Indio, if you want to come a practice your signs. This is also a great chance for your kids to sign with other children. (Contact Tara for details.)
Schedule & Location
Our classes meet for an hour each week for 4 weeks. This is a great way to get in the habit of signing and meet other signing families!
**PLEASE SEE OUR WEBPAGE FOR DETAILS ON OUR SCHEDULE!**
WHERE DO I TEACH?
We are currently serving both in VENTURA COUNTY (workshops only) and COACHELLA VALLEY (all activities). (CA)
DO YOU NEED TO REGISTER?
Registration is required for all classes & workshops. Please visit our website to download this form.
Want to reduce the price?
HOSTING A CLASS:
Gives you the freedom to create your own class with your friends and family. The Host(ess) receives a 50% discount with a minimum of 4 total registered families. If there are 6 registered families, the host takes the class FREE!
If you refer a friend who takes our class, you get a Come Sign With Me gift certificate which can be used towards a class or products.
TARA CAN BE REACHED AT: ... or Email Me!
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