** BABY SIGNING CLASSES: I will run 2 VENUE classes and 3 LIVE E-CLASSES in the 1st half term of autumn, starting 9th September **
** NEWBORN WORKSHOP: I will run a 6 week workshop starting 15th September as a Live e-Class **
Streamed Live directly into your house for one hour at the same time every week.
Live e-Classes each week
We still have our social time; chatting, supporting each other, taking song requests, and sharing your little ones new signs, all via the Comments box.
You will be able to see me, but nobody will be able to see or hear you you can watch in your pyjamas!
The video & comments will be deleted immediately afterwards.
Hello, my name is Emma.
I am married to Steve and we have two children, Isabelle and Nicholas.
I have been running TinyTalk baby signing classes in Gosforth & Jesmond for 6 years, and have loved every minute. I now also run newborn workshops on a termly basis.
I feel honoured to have met so many wonderful families and to have spread the absolute joy of signing with those families.
I first attended a class in 2008 when Isabelle was 4 months old.
Isabelle did her first sign - sun - when she was 11 months old. It was so exciting to realise what she had just done. We signed with Nicholas from birth. He did his first sign - more - at 9 months old.
Baby signing blew us away! Both children became accomplished signers and were able to sign over 100 words each. I consider it to be one of the most rewarding things we did for them. They were able to communicate on a level that I believe would have been impossible had we not been able to sign together. Yes, they were able to tell us what they needed (eat, more, milk), but it went so far beyond that:
* we knew what they were thinking (Isabelle signed 'moon' and pointed at a sliced mushroom on her plate - it was crescent shaped!)
* we knew what they understood (Nicholas signed 'hear' and 'aeroplane' as an aeroplane flew over our house)
* we were able to correct any misunderstandings (Isabelle signed 'frog' when I said 'flag')
* when they started to speak they were able to fall back on their signs when we couldn't understand what they were trying to tell us (Isabelle said "bucky" which we thought might be 'book' or 'biscuit' - she then signed 'ball'!)
I would love for you to come to one of my classes so that you and your baby can have fun learning some baby signs (we use British Sign Language) which could provide an incredible insight into your baby's thoughts and give your baby the ability to communicate before they can speak - how amazing is that!?! Being able to sign helps to alleviate a baby's frustrations because they are able to express themselves. I have witnessed how excited a baby can get when they can communicate and realise that they are being understood.
Children:Isabelle (2007) & Nicholas (2011)
Location:Gosforth & Jesmond
Favourite Sign:Crab, Snail, Hippo (I love all animal signs!)
Favourite Film:As Good As It Gets
Pet Hate:Traffic lights on roundabouts! Surely it should be one or the other?!
Secret Passion:Dipping chocolate into my cup of tea!
I most admire:People who chase their dreams
I love baby signing because:It can open up a whole new world of communication and understanding.