Hello my name is Rachel Hutton and I teach TinyTalk Baby Signing in Bognor Regis & Surrounding Areas. I have two gorgeous TinyTalkers of my own, Luna and Aria.
Due to the current climate, NO classes are being run in venues. Instead, all classes are being delivered as a 60 minute online e-class held within a private Facebook group. New families are welcome, so please get in touch. You still receive the 30 minute class,
followed by 30 minute online social time. It's important we check in on one another.
When I became a mum, I wanted to get involved in a local class to get me out the house and meeting other mums. I searched classes held in the community centre across the road from me and viola, there was TinyTalk. Baby signing was something that I had a big interest in, so Luna and I started TinyTalk lessons when she was just under 3 months old. We loved the classes right from the start. Learning a new skill, meeting other mums and dads and having a small background in signing I knew this was something I wanted my children to learn. A few years passed and I moved to a new location, did TinyTalk with my second, Aria and now I share my love of sign by teaching.
I very quickly found that Luna was able to pick up signs and communicate from just 7 months, her first sign being a super useful one, 'milk', and then she quickly rolled out new ones all the time. Rather than crying and getting so frustrated, Iíd given my daughter the ability to talk to me and others, to tell me what she needed, without all the frustrations babies get from not being able to tell their parents what they want, and need. Aria started TinyTalk classes later than Luna due to us relocating. We joined a class further away when Aria was 8 months old and she made excellent progress too. They make me so proud!
Communication is such a key skill and itís never too early to learn. Many mums and dads donít realise how eager their baby is to communicate with them. Right from birth, they are just bursting full of things they want to tell you. This is where baby signing with TinyTalk can help. You can bring your baby to TinyTalk Baby signing lessons from birth. The stimulating environment and social aspect of each class will appeal to even newborns.
Each TinyTalk Baby Signing class is about an hour long, comprising of 30 minutes of signing and singing nursery rhymes, and then 30 minutes of social time with a beloved cup of tea and a biccie. Meanwhile your child can play with a variety of toys and socialise with other children. This is a great way for you to bond with your baby as well as chat with other like-minded parents and carers.
Baby signing has made a huge difference to my whole family, and my relationship with my babies, I hope that youíll come along to one of my classes and see for yourself.
Children:Luna and Aria
Location:Felpham, Bognor Regis
Favourite Sign:Snail, Jungle and Caterpillar
Qualifications:BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies/Intro to BSL
Favourite Film:Ooo, a toss up between Practical Magic and The Sword In The Stone
I most admire:Mums!
I love baby signing because:It's been an asset to my family and I love it. Having Luna and Aria being able to express their needs through a secret language is amazing. I hope to be able to share that feeling with other families.