Hello, my name is Rebekah and I am your TinyTalk Baby Signing and Toddler Talking teacher for Brighton and Hove.
Classes are currently being held online through Facebook Rooms to private membership groups. There are Outdoor Socials to have fun with your little one, with consideration to social distancing requirements. Through the Summer of Fun 2020 there is be a range of activities to keep you entertained. Visit www.facebook.co.uk/TinyTalkBrightonandHove and search #BandHSummerofFun for more info.
I am mum to Eve (10) and Heidi (7). I discovered the fun and excitement of signing when I booked Eve (6m) onto a signing course with her daddy. As a working mum from early on, signing was a way to bond with Eve when I was at home. One of Eve's first words at 12m old was with its sign 'bird': Eve was sitting at the breakfast table, gazing out of the french windows, she pointed, then signed and said "birdy". It was a proud moment indeed.
With my youngest, Heidi I knew the value of signing early on and started when she was 2wks old. By 5 months Heidi was making her first signs, by 12m she was signing 50 signs, and by 18m she had a strong 100+ signs in her vocabulary. To this day we continue to use some of the core signs when verbal communication fails e.g. at distance or separated by glass: drink, food, ice-cream, you ok?, come here, hi/bye,sorry, car and home.
TinyTalk classes are 1hr long and great fun! Classic nursery rhymes are used to learn signs like: See the Little Rabbit Sleeping; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; and The Wheels on the Bus. Props and educational activities enhance learning and the fun factor. There's always social time at the end, with a cuppa and biscuit if you like. Through term you can track the learning journey of your little one to receiver progress certificates, in celebration of their achievements and yours.
Babies classes use songs integrated in fun ways with gentle bouncing and play. Each week core signs are introduced relevant to familiar settings including: essentials, family, park and more. Signing can ease communication frustration before little ones can talk. Sensory activities help develop communication skills including: eye tracking with bubbles; objective permanency by hiding behind voile scarves; cognitive development using tactile rubber shapes; and many more!
Toddlers classes use songs to get on the move whenever possible. Signs are used in language development, building a strong foundation of concepts such as counting, opposites and emotions. Signs continue to be useful while language develops, providing a bridge to understanding while word formation is refined.
Try class. Join when there’s space, or be added to the waiting list. Get in touch. I look forward to meeting you and your family.
Children:Eve:10 ; Heidi: 7
Location:Brighton and Hove, South East
Qualifications:Business and Marketing Communications BA/h
Favourite Film:All time: Dirty Dancing
Secret Passion:Being on a board: snow or water
I most admire:Pink
I love baby signing because:all babies are born intelligent, signing helps babies express their intelligence.