Welcome to my TinyTalk Scrapbook!
This is the place where we can share baby signing photos, those special TinyTalker moments and find out what parents think about baby signing and my classes in Norfolk. Please do send me your special baby signing stories, thoughts and baby signing photos to add to the Scrapbook. Thank you!
Hi! I'm Ellen's Mum and we started attending our Tiny Talk classes in Wymondham in the very week they started. Ellen loved it right from the start and we never missed a class. My little cherub was among the first to sign for milk and food and at 12 months old there's very few that she doesn't sign - life just gets easier every day (except when there really is no dinner left! - I had decided not to teach her 'more' but she got the hang of that in no time!) It's such a lovely class to attend, seeing the other babies grow and learn the signs too. Towards the end of the first term, our teacher Maria would start the class and a lot of the babies would crawl over and sit right in front of her - what a great teacher! Thanks for introducing such an excellent class - I'm highly recommending it to everyone - even friends who are still pregnant!!!
Akash and I have been attending sign classes since he was 13 months old. Being bi-lingual, he has been slow to talk/ say words, so sign has been very helpful. His first sign was for food and he still uses it now at the age of 22 months when he can say and use words. The classes capture his attention (which is usually hard to do) and he loves going there. He uses sign all the time. It's a shame that we won't be able to attend anymore. Many thanks.
Dear Maria, Thank you for teaching us to sign to each other, from such a young age. I'm positive that Charlie would have been frustrated as his hearing was so bad from glue ear in his early development. I wish that I had known how to sign with my older two children as they wanted me to understand them but the communication skills were not there! It has been a wonderful experience & I can't praise TINYTALK enough. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Hi Maria, Just a quick message to let you know how proud I am of Jared. He has gone from doing very few signs to loads in just a couple of weeks. He is suddenly soooo interested in what everything is, it's amazing! In 2 weeks he's learnt: Food, mouse, dog, bird, bath, car, telephone and can point to his head, belly button and nose. And to make things even better I don't think mummy is far off, he's had a block with that word/sign for a long time! Thanks again for all your help,
I have LOVED your classes so much. I started out a bit sceptical about sign language for babies but I am now totally convinced. Yes we get tantrums and plenty of them, but I know that without knowing what both my boys wanted through their signing, there would have been a lot more frustration for all of us! Although Matthew took his time speaking his first words, when he did he had an amazing vocabulary. Even the staff from his nursery commented on how advanced his speech was at the age of 2. Now aged 3 he is a very entertaining little chatterbox. He always resorts to sign language for extra emphasis, or if we are out of hearing range. Stephen is doing really well and I will continue to teach him more signs. Although he is not really talking yet, I know he understands a lot more!! P Keep up the good work!
I just wanted to write & say a massive thank you to Maria for brightening up our Thursday mornings, she made the classes so much fun and yet we always learnt so much too, Grace was always mesmerised by Maria who's bubbly personality always made us feel incredibly at ease and as a result both of us caught on to signing really easily. It is wonderful tool for communicating and I would recommend TinyTalk classes to all Mums. Grace and I still do signing today as part of our daily routine it just comes naturally, and just last week when she was poorly, she kept signing doctor to me! Thanks Maria & TinyTalk!
TinyTalk has got to be the best, most friendly, fun and relaxed class that Freddie and I have been to. It is so well run and I am amazed at how many of the signs Freddie can now do. The first was the cow sign when we were staying at my parents and he noticed them from a long way away in their field and starting doing it.. it was a very proud moment! It is great to go to a class which is structured (for the first half) and just social for the second half so you can chat to people. It is a bit like going to a birthday party but not having to do all the work, there are some fabulous toys for the children to play with during the social time. All the babies seem to really enjoy it and it is wonderful when you can start to communicate with your little one before they can really speak. We shall be very sad to leave it when the time comes...
We started signing classes in Wymondham with Maria at the start of 2008 when Jacob was seven months old. Although he enjoyed the singing and playtime (and I enjoyed the tea, biscuit and chatting after!) Jacob wasn't showing any signs of 'signing'! I spoke to Maria who advised that boys can be a bit 'slower' when starting to sign (but not always!) so as we enjoyed the classes so much, we continued with them. I am so glad! At nine months Jacob started to clap and wave and at just gone a year old, he did what I call his first 'proper' signs- 'milk' and 'all gone'. He is now sixteen months old and can sign dog, rabbit, apple, fish and a number of others! It's so good knowing what he wants and what he is trying to tell me- thank you Maria!
I started taking TinyTalk classes in Wymondham with my then 6 month old son after moving to the area from the US. I was looking to connect with some of the other moms in the community and soon found the formula of singing and signing and then coffee and a chat to be just what I was looking for. Maria is amazing and has the perfect mix of energy, enthusiasm and experience as a mom to 3 and creates a relaxed atmosphere for mothers and their babies and toddlers to enjoy together. I was skeptical as to whether or not my son would actually learn the signs but 14 months later he can't get enough of them and surprises me all the time with new signs. He has even started signing whole songs - twinkle, twinkle little star being a favorite. His grandparents are charmed! As a mom, It's been such a relief to know what he wants and needs and just fun to learn what he is thinking about before being able to talk. It has absolutely decreased his frustration and kept me and my husband sane. Thank you Maria and Tiny Talk for making communication possible with my son at such an early age. It has been a real solution to a challenging parenting time. And it's been great fun!
We have enjoyed your classes so much and are really going to miss them. Seb’s speech is fantastic, and I’m certain that this is at least in part due to the signing, as his new words always seemed to follow his signs early on. I know that there were times when Seb was ill that he managed to sign his needs so that we had fewer tears than we probably would have otherwise. I also found the classes really friendly, relaxed and fun – thank you.
TinyTalk training sessions for childminders & other carers at Dereham childrens' centre 'We enjoyed our training session with TinyTalk And learnt to sign 'book' before 'look'. We signed what?, where? and who?, milk, more and mine, And now understand the value of sign.' Thanks again for the great training Maria.
The TinyTalk nursery training was ‘great – relaxed, fun & professional’ & the staff were made to feel relaxed for their Assessments. Maria was brilliant & very enthusiastic – a wonderful advert for TinyTalk. Maria made our training evenings fun and relaxed but in a professional manner. The parents were very impressed at how quickly the children have learnt new signs. We are delighted to be able to work with the TinyTalk ethos at Little owls.
I started taking classes with my then 6 month old son after moving to the area from the US. I was looking to connect with some of the other moms in the community and soon found the formula of singing and signing and then coffee and a chat to be just what I was looking for. Maria is amazing and has the perfect mix of energy, enthusiasm and experience as a mom to 3 and creates a relaxed atmosphere for mothers and their babies and toddlers to enjoy together. I was skeptical as to whether or not my son would actually learn the signs but 14 months later he can't get enough of them and surprises me all the time with new signs. He has even started signing whole songs - twinkle, twinkle little star being a favorite. His grandparents are charmed! As a mom, It's been such a relief to know what he wants and needs and just fun to learn what he is thinking about before being able to talk. It has absolutely decreased his frustration and kept me and my husband sane. Thank you Maria and Tiny Talk for making communication possible with my son at such an early age. It has been a real solution to a challenging parenting time. And it's been great fun!
I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO BABY SIGNING AND IT IS THE MOST FANTASTIC THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY. I JUST CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT IT. WE WENT TO THE DEREHAM CLASS WHICH IS EXTREMELY FRIENDLY, AND MARIA WHO RUNS THE CLASS IS FANTASTIC. YOUR CHILD CAN COMMUNICATE WITH YOU AND IN NO WAY DID I EVER THINK IT WAS SLOWING MY DAUGHTERS SPEECH. THIS IS SUCH A FANTASTIC SKILL FOR EVERY AGE, FOR LIFE. YOU MUST MUST AT LEAST TRY IT ONCE, I WAS A LITTLE UNSURE WHEN I FIRST ATTENDED, BUT COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH I ENJOYED IT, AND WAS HOOKED FROM THEN ON. MY DAUGHTER THRIVED, SHE IS NOW 2 1/2 AND HER SPEECH IS COMMING ALONG LEAPS AND BOUNDS BUT SHE STILL WILL SIGN AND SAY CERTAIN THINGS. SESSIONS ARE FUN AND YOU MEET NEW PEOPLE SO DO THE CHILDREN. FROM ALISON AND CHARLOTTE HURN.
Just writing to say thank you! We are now seeing the rewards of your classes! Annie is now signing away very happily. Everyone who is yet to find out about TinyTalk is amazed when they see it. All gone, Dog, Bird, Frog, Rain are her favourites and she has made up her own sign for shower. It is a wonderful gift to be able to communicate and understand what she is thinking/looking at before she can speak. THANK YOU!!!!!
There’s something about Maria! Smiling, kind, caring and funny Teacher, friend, also a Mummy Always full of energy, never a frown TinyTalk on the go from town to town We started signing classes early 2008 Lots of Singing and Signing, biscuits and cake! At nine months old Jacob started to sign ‘Hello’, ‘get up’ and ‘milk’ – all the time! Friday mornings became a must Leaves other classes behind for dust! The main reason for our pleasure Our Maria, she’s an absolute treasure Thank you Maria, for the past 2 and a-half years Jacobs signing has helped reduce the tears! We will both miss coming every week But am sure that we will continue to speak We hope you like our little rhyme It was important for us to take the time To wish you all the very best And thank you for being a cut above the rest! Love Janine and Jacob Dingle XX
Maria, Just wanted to say a BIG thank you! We've loved coming to TinyTalk and will miss you greatly!
Just received the graduation certificates for Sophie and Sonny for TinyTalk toddlers programme. I am really sad that you won't be doing it anymore, and we have been spoilt by having the best!!! We've all loved coming to your classes and I swear by signing and believe that's why Sophie and Sonny communicate as well as they do. Wish you all the best, you are a fantastic teacher and you won't be forgotten not only do the babies still sign they always ask for baby signing biscuits (rich tea fingers) x x
We have really enjoyed the past couple of terms, both in terms of learning some signs but also just really enjoying the fun class you run with such enthusiasm and passion - so thank you!
Tiny Talk has been so important for Molly, and will continue to be. I know all children benefit, but because of her additional needs it's made the world of difference. If she couldn't communicate with us, she could have been so isolated and frustrated. She gets so much out of class and absolutely loves coming. I love that she's been so accepted, without question. Her key worker at preschool is always so impressed with how well she signs, and her level of understanding. Thank you xx
Just wanted to let you know how brilliant you and TinyTalk is and how much we have enjoyed being part of it, both boys love your class as do I and it will and always be one of my most memorable and favourite classes I've been too with my children!! Claire xx
TinyTalk has been brilliant! We love the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and it is great for Martha to be social and have a nice routine. Every element of the class is beneficial either to Martha or to me and more often than not both of us! I am so heartened to see the session being used by so many people. Signing has been a wonderful bonus as Martha has grown, the sense of achievement for both of us has been overwhelming. We look forward to showing Maria the new signs she can do and the certificates are all up on the wall."