Welcome to the TinyTalk classes of
Kate Shaw

"" Hello - welcome to TinyTalk Colchester & Tendring!

Iím your teacher, Kate. I have two TinyTalkers of my own, Lyra and Connie. Through them, and now teaching TinyTalk for over 2 years, I have seen again and again firsthand just how powerful baby signing can be.

Iíve worked with children in various settings for over 15 years, teaching in a special needs school for 8. In this role, I learned both British Sign Language and
Makaton and saw on a daily basis how signing gives a voice to those who find it difficult to communicate, not to mention the magic in those moments when they realised they were being understood.

It was a natural progression for me to teach our daughter to sign. At 5 months old, we attended a TinyTalk class. It was lovely to watch her smile and giggle through the songs, whilst knowing I was giving her a way to communicate and reduce her frustrations. Like many, she signed milk first, followed quickly by bird, more and daddy. Both girls' signs have always been accompanied by attempts at words, because at TinyTalk we always 'See it. Say it. Sign it.' which is why signing will not delay your little one's speech!

Once Lyra began, it was incredible how quickly she picked up the signs. At just over a year, she would amaze me every day, using signs to show that she had noticed things that we adults take for granted. I was able to respond to her needs and interests quickly, which has brought us even closer (so much so that daddy, nanny and grandad all got involved, using the TinyTalk DVD!)

Of course, as she got older she replaced her signs with words and everyone commented on her strong speech, but she would still sign when overwhelmed or unsure. Now Connie is taking up signing - with over 25 signs at 13 months - and I'm loving it all over again. Lyra helps her learn, so there is clear communication and a bond between sisters.


From personal experience, I know how difficult life can be as a new mum (and how much each experience can vary!) Getting out, even to baby groups can be intimidating. At TinyTalk we don't mind if you've washed your hair or have dribble on your top, whether you're struggling or loving every minute or whether you only got two hours' sleep last night. I endeavour to provide a safe, friendly and inclusive group where you can engage in fun activities and bond with your baby, share your experiences with other mums going through the same stages and enjoy a hot drink and a biscuit - because you deserve it!

I am passionate about baby signing and canít wait to hear from you. You can email, call or vist my Facebook page to reserve your place ort lost ask any questions you may have. I always endeavour to reply (often via email) within 24hrs, so PLEASE if you donít hear from me, check your junk mail or try again. A contact number is really helpful in case emails do get lost!

Meet Kate...

Children:Lyra, 3.5 years and Connie, 13 months

Location:Colchester and Tendring, Essex

Favourite Sign:caterpillar, turtle, cheeky!

Qualifications:BSL Level 1; Beginners Makaton; Specialist Dyslexia Teacher; PGCE; BA Hons

Favourite Film:Anything with a bit of singing and a happy ending! The Disney collection is for my daughter, honest.

Pet Hate:Bad manners! It costs nothing to be polite and kind.

Secret Passion:Used to be pretty heels, now more tame with pretty papercraft

I most admire:My parents (I didn't realise how hard their job was until I became a mum!)

I love baby signing because:I love how something so simple makes such a big difference to a baby's language development and communication. It provides a window into their minds. How can you not love it?

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Our current classes:

Baby Signing

Full

Tuesday, 9:45am - 10:45am

Parish Fields Youth and Community Hall Plough Corner Harwich Road Little Clacton CO16 9ND

£6.50 per family per class
Note:Classes £6.50 per family when booking a 6 week block or just £6 when booking for 13 weeks.

Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Parish Fields Youth and Community Hall Plough Corner Harwich Road Little Clacton CO16 9ND

£6.50 per family per class
Note:Classes are just £6 each when booking for the full term or £6.50 each when booking a 6 week block.
Full

Wednesday, 9:45am - 10:45am

St. John's Church St John's Close Colchester CO4 0HP

£6.50 per family per class
Note:Classes £6.50 per family when booking a 6 week block or just £6 when booking for 13 weeks.
Directions:Whilst the church can be seen from Ipswich Road, for the car park you will need to approach via St. John's Road, then St. John's Close.
Limited

Wednesday, 11:15am - 12:15pm

St. John's Church St John's Close Colchester CO4 0HP

£6.50 per family per class
Note:Classes £6.50 per family when booking a 6 week block or just £6 when booking for 13 weeks. You are more than welcome to join us at any point during the term.
Directions:Whilst the church can be seen from Ipswich Road, for the car park you will need to approach via St. John's Road, then St. John's Close.

Wednesday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

St. John's Church St John's Close Colchester CO4 0HP

£6.50 per family per class
£72.00 for this term's classes
Note:Classes are just £6 each when booking for the full term or £6.50 each when booking a 6 week block.
Directions:Whilst the church can be seen from Ipswich Road, for the car park you will need to approach via St. John's Road, then St. John's Close.

Special Offers

  • TinyTalk at the seaside:
    One-off summer special class at Little Clacton on 21st August or Colchester on 22nd August for just £6.50. Come along and try a seaside themed TinyTalk class with signing, singing, social time and lots of SMILES. Pink Parrot Pottery will be also be offering a selection of keepsakes to buy and paint/handprint during social time. Contact me for booking details.
  • TinyTalk Ted's Teddy Bear's Picnic:
    One-off summer special class at Little Clacton on 31st July or Colchester on 1st August for just £6.50. Come along and try a Teddy Bear's Picnic themed TinyTalk class with signing, singing, social time and lots of SMILES. Rae Shirley Photography will be offering free themed mini photoshoots during social time. Contact me for booking details.
  • £6 per class!:
    Book the whole autumn term for £72 (12 weeks, equivalent to £6 per class).

Our term dates

  • Half-term 1:
    05 June - 18 July
  • Half-term 2:
    08 September - 17 October
  • Half-term 3:
    03 November - 12 December

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