Hi everyone, I'm Claire and I started teaching TinyTalk Baby Signing & Toddler Talk classes about 8 years ago and I still LOVE every minute!
Being able to communicate with your baby, by learning how to sign with them at TinyTalk, from such a young age is just invaluable & fun! I have babies who sign from just a few months old & if they are later itís all going in ready to burst out when they have
the hand control trust me so get started early if you can! Knowing what it is that your baby wants, needs, feels or sees from them making a simple hand gesture (British Sign Language) is just incredible. I started taking my eldest daughter Chloe to TinyTalk classes at 3 months and she made her first sign at 6 months. She was a very frustrated baby so it relieved a lot of frustration and tears for us both! She went on to sign around 50 signs before her words started coming out strong. I had so much fun taking her to classes too that when the opportunity came up around the Loughborough area I jumped at the chance.
I take pride on making the classesí fun for you and your little ones. I really enjoy getting to know each & every person that comes & I have good ears & shoulders if you ever need them! One of the best things I love about being a TinyTalk teacher is the lifelong friendships I see people make, which is a result of the social time we have as well as the class time. It gives you chance to make new friends as well as chat to those you may have come with (classes are great for NCT meet ups)
Baby Signing classes are suitable from around 8 weeks - 12 months ish or walking, then itís time for Toddler Talk classes. The format of a baby signing classes is half an hour of singing nursery rhymes and action songs, which we integrate signs into, using props, instruments, books, sensory shapes, flashing balls, mirrors, scarves, bubbles and lycra etc to make it fun and engaging. This is followed by half an hour of social time with toys for the babies & lots of tea, coffee & bikkies for you!
Toddler Talk classes are sooooooooo much fun and full of energy! Once your baby is on the move or up on their feet these classes are perfect as they let them have their freedom to roam and enjoy all of the props, books, instruments, lycra, parachute, flashing balls, sensory shapes, ribbons, pom poms etc we use. They encourage speech using signing as an aid until they are ready. Each week we have a theme i.e.: shapes, colours, counting etc and we also learn lots of key pre-school skills such as sharing, passing, putting away, listening etc too.
Take a look at my FB page for signing videos, class update and photos of the fun we have at www.facebook.com/tinytalkloughborough & check out the signing story video I made of my youngest daughter Jessie here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiwY_yje2hw
THE AUMTUMN 2019 TERM STARTS W/C 2ND SEPT & RUNS FOR 14 WKS & INCLUDES A HALLOWEEN & XMAS THEMED CLASS! ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!!
Children:Chloe is 8 and Jessie is 4 1/2!
Location:Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough and Quorn
Qualifications:TinyTalk Babies, Toddler Talk & Organtisational Trainer
Secret Passion:marmite on toast!
I most admire:My dad!
I love baby signing because:It allows me to communicate with my baby at such a young age and I can also understand what it is she wants, or needs or how she feels. Plus its great fun!