Friday, December 1, 2017

Zoo Trip

 We recently had a class field trip to the Ueno Zoo.
Over 20 families enjoyed a day of signing and English.
We also learned a lot about the animals!

Some of them were sleeping, some were awake.
Some were even eating their veggies!

While the day was a bit gloomy and we had some rain,
we also had a lot of fun!
Here are some of the animals we enjoyed meeting:
polar bear

Children of any age, even babies, can benefit from a trip to the zoo. Seeing and experiencing an animal in person is vastly different from seeing one on TV or in a book.  It is nearly a magical experience!
While at the zoo talk about what you see.  Provide names/words not only for the animals but for the places they live and the things they eat.  Talk about what the animals are doing and why they might be doing it.  There are few multisensory interactive activities as interesting to a child as a zoo trip!
Where to find more signs


Baby Signing Time DVD 1 - song "Pets I Love"
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 7 Leah's Farm
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 8 Great Outdoors
Signing Time Series 1 Vol. 9 Zoo Train
Rachel and the Treeschoolers Ep. 4 Awesome Animals

Use the code: sign99 to get a 1 month subscription to the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player for $0.99.
 It is a great way to see what is available before purchasing! 
Use with the Signing Time TV app to watch on your phone & tablet.

Please look at the Kotoba & Sign Store or talk to your teacher for more suggestions!  These DVDs can be bought from Heidi or at Hana House.  このDVDはハナハウスとハイディー先生が販売しています。


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Monday, September 11, 2017

2017秋体験レッスン Trial Lessons


Join us for the classes starting this month.

With a multisensory approach including singing, signing, movement, watching, we enjoy spending time together in an English environment.

Trial Lessons for Baby Signing Time & Beyond Classes

Hana House (Suginami-ku):September 5th & 12th, 2017
Takenotsuka (Adachi-ku):September 13th 2017

ハナハウス(杉並区):2017年9月5日, 9月12日
竹の塚 (足立区):2017年9月13日

Baby Signing Time     ベビー・サイニングタイム

☆ Baby Signing Time Class is for babies 0-1 years old and their parent/guardian

Beyond Class     Beyondクラス
「Beyondクラス」は1~3才までの      幼児と保護者
☆ Beyond Class is for toddlers 1-3 years old and their parent/guardian

Check out the Kotoba & Sign hompage for more information!

✨ Learn to communicate with your baby/toddler using American Sign Language vocabulary.  ✨

✨ Learn new songs and activities to enjoy with your child. ✨
✨ Enjoy some of the many benefits of using signs to enhance communication and learning. ✨

✨ Take a class that supports bilingual/multilingual families. ✨

✨ Come and join the fun! ✨

☆ This class is taught bilingually in Japanese and English but you don't need to know both languages to participate! ☆

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Signs & Activities for a Solar Eclipse

All the talk of the eclipse in the US brings this video to mind the solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 that we saw in Tokyo. While the eclipse was impressive the more memorable part is how much our daughter, not even 2 years old yet at the time, understood about the eclipse.
Take the time to explain it to your kids. Use the signs and words they already know to help them grow in understanding.
You may be surprised to see that they "get" it!

Suggested signs for the solar eclipse:
all done

Want to learn more?
The Baby Signing Time video "A New Day" includes the signs for "moon" and "sun" along with "stars" and "night". The songs "Starry Night" and "New Day" not only help with teaching the signs but also include lyrics which teach related concepts in an understandable way.

Looking to learn more about our solar system? Check out Rachel and the Treeschoolers! 
TreeSchoolers Ep. 9: Our Solar System is a great place to start. Don't forget that all TreeSchoolers episodes come with an accompanying activity guide (free, downloadable) to expand on the concepts introduced in the video. 

Use the code: sign99 to get a 1 month subscription to the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player for $0.99.
 It is a great way to see what is available before purchasing! 
Use with the Signing Time TV app to watch on your phone & tablet.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Starting Point - Signing With Infants and Toddlers

So, you've heard about the benefits of signing.
Perhaps you've read the FAQ?
It all sounds great but how do you start?

The most basic point for signing with children, or anyone for that matter, is "when you say the word, sign it".

When you say the word, sign it!

What does this look like?
When you have learned a sign for a word you constant using it right away. Use the signs "eat" "more" "milk" and "done" each time you say them at meal time.
In between meals you use the same signs when the words appear in books, are sung in a song or when they come up while playing. Using the sign repeatedly, in various situations, will help the child to connect the meaning between the word, sign and related object/action.

In bilingual/multilingual families use the same set of signs in conjunction with the matching words across all languages. For example, sign "apple" when saying "apple", "りんご" and "Apfel". The sign will act as a bridge between the spoken languages to help makes connections between meanings quicker. They also can help you to understand what the child is trying to stay in a language you are not familiar with.

Want to start today?
The easiest way to start for me was by finding a great series of videos that teaches the signs in a fun and easy to remember way. Even better? It is a kid friendly video with helpful songs so you can use the music throughout the day to help you remember to sign.
Would you like to take a look?

Access the Baby Signing Time and Signing Time right away with the Kotoba & Sign Digital Player  
Use the code: sign99 to get a 1 month subscription for $0.99. It is a great way to see what is available before purchasing! 
Traveling? After setting up an account use the Signing Time TV app to watch on your mobile device.

The videos cover a wide variety or topics. If you are new to signing I recommendd starting with the Pink Baby Signing Time materials. It covers the very basics like "eat", "more", family and pets.

Still have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Happy Signing!

Friday, July 14, 2017

🌲Sale on Digital products!🌲

🌲Christmas In July Sale on Digital products!🌲

Hopkins in in the holiday mood but I think he's mixed up his holidays!
The good news is you get to celebrate with a special deal!

DIGITAL Sale: It's Christmas in July! 
Get 10% off your order with coupon code: christmasinjuly in the Kotoba & Sign Digital Store.
Expires July 19th

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 COUPON: Get your first month for 99¢ with code: sign99
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