Gestures can add emphasis to what a person is saying, such as when conductors use jazz hands help explain complex music theory concepts. Speak up with this Groupon.
- $65 for a six-week baby sign language course with book and CD (a $130 value)
Once a week, parents gather with their children to build their American Sign Language vocabulary during 45-minute classes designed to help them bond with their parents. Toddlers learn how to communicate the signs for foods and emotions through songs and games. Parents will also receive a My Smart Hands book and CD set that will help them practice with their little ones at home. This set must be purchased 14 days before the class begins. Click to view a list of frequently asked questions.
My Smart Hands with Christina
Christina Hoppner has fond memories of learning the American Sign Language alphabet in middle school. When her daughter was born, these memories inspired her to study sign language as a way to bond with her new baby. Her program of choice, known as My Smart Hands, was created by Laura Berg to help children develop literacy. Now Christina is a certified instructor for this PTPA-awarded system.
Babies typically can gesture before they speak, and they learn how to use the gestures to get what they want from grown-ups. Parents can use this natural behavior to help them learn specific signs that help them communicate clearly. To that end, Christina teaches songs and games that help both parents and their children sign everyday words, such as "bedtime," "doggy," and "fiscal responsibility."