¡Brillante! If you have a baby or toddler or know someone who has a baby or toddler, you should run, and I mean RUN, not walk, RUN, to purchase the Baby Signing Times DVDs. Their website is http://www.signingtime.com/ , but you can also buy them from Amazon.com. If you have ever been to a foreign country, you understand how FRUSTRATING it is to not be able to express yourself and everyone around you stares and acts like you are from Mars. I can only imagine that babies have that same feeling as they mature. Sofia understands many things when I talk to her, but she can’t verbally tell me that she wants grapes and not bananas. Well, using sign language she can!
Really, my husband is the one who started using the signs from the DVD. And between us reinforcing the signs and watching the video (like maybe only once a week) she learned the signs for various things. It is amazing how Sofía learns them in English and uses them when I speak to her in Spanish. So she knows them either language. Isn’t the brain amazing! She was just nine months old when she started to use the signs, so that means she understood them much earlier. In the line of language acquisition, oral comprehension happens first and actual production, or speaking, follows later. So Sofía knows how to sign the following: finished, more, eat, milk, agua, hat, shoes, banana and today she used “grapes” for the first time! It’s incredible! There are words that I sign with Sofía that aren’t on the videos, so I look them up on the ASL website, http://www.lifeprint.com/ .