Hi, I'm Rachel, your local TinyTalk teacher for South Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire, and mummy to my very own TinyTalker, Poppy.
When I became a new mum, I looked for baby classes we could attend. Baby signing was one that hugely interested me, having seen the benefits with friends' babies. So Poppy and I started TinyTalk lessons when she was just 13 weeks old and we both loved the classes right from the start. It was fun to
learn a new skill and sing nursery rhymes and songs I hadn't heard since I was a child. It was also a great opportunity to meet other parents and make new friends.
I was aware early on, that Poppy always watched our hands when we spoke to her, so we were eager to learn new signs that we could use every day. From around 4 months, she would get excited when I signed 'milk' because she knew that meant milk was on the way. She mastered signing 'milk' herself at 8 months, then at 12 months, the signs just came tumbling out. Admittedly her following signs weren’t the most useful; ‘fly’ and 'chicken' but it gave me an insight in to what she could see and what interested her. The excitement on her face, when she realised we knew what she was saying, melted my heart. Rather than screaming and crying, we'd given our daughter the ability to talk, to tell us what she needed, without all the frustration. Before she was able to speak, Poppy had a vocabulary of over 100 signs and even though now, aged 3, she talks the hind leg off a donkey, she still occasionally uses some signs, usually for emphasis. And along the way, we've had lots of fun!
Communication is such a key skill and it’s never too early to learn. Right from birth, babies are just bursting with things they want to tell you.
Our classes are aimed at teaching you and your baby how to communicate with each other, before they can talk, using British sign language (BSL). Classes are fun, friendly and one hour long. In that time you will:
• Sing well known, nursery rhymes and action songs;
• Learn around 6 core signs from each week’s theme, including ‘The Family’, ‘Home’, ‘Meal Times’, 'Feelings' and 'Animals';
• Use bright and engaging sensory equipment such as voile scarves, mirrors, tactile rubber shapes and bubbles, encouraging your baby’s development and interest in the world around them;
• Play instruments to accompany some of the songs;
• Enjoy a dedicated social time for parents/carers (refreshments provided) and playtime for the babies (toys provided).
If you would like to join one of my classes, have any questions, or want to find out more, please get in touch.
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Children:Poppy - born June 2015