Sign It, Dont Whine It!
Reducing communication frustration between little ones and their caregivers
In this group of 4 week classes we teach you the benefits of signing, how to recognize when your baby is ready to start signing, and then introduce the first signs of interest to your little one to get you started on the road to early communication.
In the next level of classes, along with learning many more new signs of interest to your little one, you’ll learn how signs can help you establish a routine with your little one, and how signs can help children become more actively involved with story-time.
This level introduces more sign vocabulary while providing ASL tips and encouraging the importance of play and bonding.
*Through songs, stories, and games, levels 1-3 will introduce you to over 150 signs to help you communicate with your little one.
Hi! My name is Amber Grudzien (rhymes with blue jean... just thought Id help you out with that), and I have been signing for about 8 years now. It all began with sign dictionaries, videos, and deaf clubs when I was in high school, and then in 2005 I graduated with an AAS Degree in Interpreter Education from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. I am a native of SC, but have made deaf friends all over, as well as experienced a good taste of deaf culture while I lived in Southern California for about 18 months among the deaf community there.
For a couple years, while in school, I worked as a careprovider for a deaf/blind young boy and absolutely loved my experience working and signing with him and his family. After graduating from college, I worked for a year as an interpreter for the deaf at Spartanburg Community College here in Spartanburg, SC. I now am a stay-at-home mom and love this job even more!!
Now that I have a little one of my own, we are teaching her sign language and just cant wait to see her make her first signs. I am excited for her to partipate in the baby sign classes Ill be teaching. The method I use in my classes is based on the award-winning book Sign with your Baby®, by Dr. Joseph Garcia. How precious these early months are, yet how frustrating (for us AND baby) it is to have to play the guessing game and still sometimes not know what our little ones are thinking or needing. Through his research, Dr. Garcia discovered that infants and their caregivers can begin communication as early as 8 months using signs rather than relying only on speech, which takes many more months to develop. Therefore, in teaching your infant sign language through consistent association with their daily activities, we can reduce the amount of communication frustration and strengthen the bond we share with our baby by helping them communicate needs such as hungry, thirsty, more, hurt (even where it hurts), and many other expressions of need or interest. Infants are intelligent, and helping to feed their minds in this way is a very fun, easy, and rewarding experience. I am excited to combine my love for sign language and children while getting to know you and your little one through music, signing, and fun!
Location, Time, and Duration
Place: Your home!
If you are interested in hosting a class in your home, in the evening, please contact us to schedule a time and dates. As the host, if you have at least 4 additional attendees at each class, your class fees will be waived! This is a wonderful opportunity to share an exciting class with your friends and their little ones at a time thats convenient to you.
*Anytime there is a 5th week, we will use this week as a review or catch up for anyone who has missed a class. There will be no additional charge for this class, so attendance is optional.
Cost: /family for each 4 wk level
Materials required: SIGN with your BABY® complete learning kit (60 min. DVD or VHS, book, and quick reference guide - .95) or SIGN with your BABY® book (.95). Please purchase prior to class from the following sources- www.sign2me.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, or your Sign it, Don’t Whine it! presenter (call or e-mail to order). If you purchase your product(s) through Sign it, Don’t Whine it!, you may pick up your order at class, and you will not be charged for shipping.
Included with class: The Sign it, Don’t Whine it! packet (full of information about the benefits of signing, reminder helps for signing, and lots more information to help you along your way), My Signs Book (for child), and Signing Journal (for parents). These books are a fun way for you to keep track of what you’re learning in class as well as how you’re progressing with your child at home.
You may sign up for just one class or all three. Level 1 is a prerequisite to Levels 2 and 3; however, Levels 2 and 3 may be taken interchangeably.
NOTE: Sign it, Don’t Whine it! provides our signing classes to parents in an infant-friendly environment. However, sign language instruction is taught to the parents with the intent for you to go home and practice there with your child(ren) what you have learned in class. Please consider that if you bring your child(ren) to class, you may need to divide your attention. *Nursing babies are encouraged to attend with their mothers.* Please call or e-mail to pre-register for classes.
Our 45 min. presentations are free of charge and provide a brief overview of the benefits of signing, as well as an introduction to some sign vocabulary, fun songs to sing and sign, and activities to help you include signing with your little ones throughout your daily routines. Children may attend. Please call or e-mail to pre-register for presentations.
Our workshops are held on Saturdays and last approximately 3 hours. The cost is / person. Workshops cover the same information that is covered in the level 1 class. The complete learning kit, SIGN with your BABY®, is encouraged, but not required, for workshop attendees. Workshops are perfect for those busy working parents who find it difficult to schedule in extra time for classes during the week. Because our workshops are 3 hours long, we ask that you not bring children with you. Please call or e-mail to pre-register for workshops.
Registration and More Information
For questions, please feel free to contact me.
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