Colchester and Tendring
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Baby Signing Classes from TinyTalk
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Welcome to the TinyTalk classes of Kate Shaw
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**I return from maternity leave in September 2017. Please join the waiting list below to be the first to receive booking details for these popular classes.**

Hello - welcome to TinyTalk Colchester and Tendring!

Iím your teacher, Kate, and this is my TinyTalker, Lyra. Through her, and now teaching TinyTalk for over a year, I have seen firsthand just how powerful baby signing can be.

Iíve worked with children in various settings for over 14 years, teaching in a special needs school for 8. As part of my roles I learned both British Sign Language and Makaton and saw on a daily basis how signing can a voice to those who find it difficult to communicate their needs, 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 so lovely to watch her smile and giggle through the songs, whilst knowing that I was giving her a way to communicate and reduce her frustrations. Like many, Lyraís first sign was milk, followed quickly by bird, more and daddy. Her signs have always been accompanied by attempts at words, which show how she is able to link the sign to the word and is so excited when she is understood!

Once she began, it was incredible how quickly she picked up more and more signs. She would amaze me every day, using signs to show me that she had noticed things that we, as adults, take for granted. I was able to respond to her needs and interests much more quickly, which has brought us even closer (so much so that daddy, nanny and granddad have all gotten involved, using the TinyTalk DVD!) She has replaced her signs with words now and everyone comments on her strong speech, but she will still sign when overwhelmed or unsure.

Itís for all of these reasons that I am so excited that I am able to offer you:
- A friendly class based around well known nursery rhymes and lots of fun
- Around 6 core signs each week taught in a fun way, with extra signs and actions to enhance songs
- Bright, engaging sensory activities to encourage your baby's development
- Dedicated social time: meet and catch up with other mums, dads, grandparents and carers on a regular basis (no more dashing out of the door ready for the next class!)
- A chance to finish a drink whilst itís still hot and biccies each week

Each hourĖlong class involves 30mins of different songs, signs and sensory activities within the same familiar structure, followed by 30 mins for you to get to know other families and babies to socialise and play with others their age.

I am passionate about baby signing and canít wait to hear from you. You can email, call or pop over to my Facebook page to reserve your place in class and 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!


Our Classes
Day: Tuesday LIMITED PLACES  
Class Type: Baby Signing Class
Time: 9:45am - 10:45am
Location: Parish Fields Youth and Community Hall
Plough Corner Harwich Road
Little Clacton CO16 9ND
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Price: £6.50 per family per class Click here to pre-book classes
 
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Day: Wednesday LIMITED PLACES  
Class Type: Baby Signing Class
Time: 9:45am - 10:45am
Location: St. John's Church
St John's Close
Colchester CO4 0HP
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Price: £6.50 per family per class Click here to pre-book classes
 
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Day: Wednesday  
Class Type: Baby Signing Class
Time: 11:15am - 12:15pm
Location: St. John's Church
St John's Close
Colchester CO4 0HP
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Price: £6.50 per family per class Click here to pre-book classes
 
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Contact Us

E-mail:
kates@tinytalk.co.uk

Mobile:
07480 491545

 
Teacher Facts
Kate Shaw:
Favourite Sign:
caterpillar, turtle, cheeky!
Children:
Lyra, 2.5 years and Connie, 11 weeks
Location:
Colchester and Tendring, Essex
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?
 
Term Dates
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Next Half-Term:
12 September, 2017
to
18 October, 2017
 
Special Offers
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£6 per class!
Book the whole Autumn term for £72 (12 weeks, equivalent to £6 per class). £2 booking fee may apply.
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