Thursday, March 24, 2011

Videos: Learning to Sign and More Walking

All of a sudden, I feel Anna’s ability to learn, understand, and absorb information has increased exponentially.

We are having success in giving her basic instructions and her following them. We can point to an object and have her bring it to us. When she wants to climb the stairs and we say “no”, she (usually) listens and comes back down. She imitates us, like brushing hair. This morning I asked her, “Where is Go-Ga?” and she looked over at Pargo.

She is certainly understanding us!

But how can we understand her?

Well, lately, we have been watching Signing Time. Studies show that before toddlers can communicate verbally, it’s beneficial to teach basic signs to reduce tantrums. Given that our local library has the entire collection of Signing Time, I was sold to give it a try.

We are starting slow because I don’t want to overwhelm her and I don’t think she needs to know beyond the most useful ones anyway. I will be happy when she masters eat, drink, milk, water, more, potty, all done, and thank you.

More important than watching the videos is using the signs consistency throughout the day. The videos aren’t really for the kids, but for the parents instead. If I want Anna to learn to sign, it’s my responsibility to learn it myself and teach it to her.

Anyway, here is a video of Anna signing “more”. At the end of the meal, I asked her “More?” and she didn’t sign back. I suspected it may just be a fluke and gave her more food anyway….but she pushed it away!

On the walking front, she’s a pro at it now. This video is 10+ days old, taken right after her birthday party. Since then, she now can stop & pick up something and squat & comes right back up. I hardly see her crawl anymore.

Anna signing "more" from sugarlens on Vimeo.

getting good at this walking stuff from sugarlens on Vimeo.

5 comments:

  1. :) she really, really enjoys that balloon! Maybe she would enjoy a movie I saw a long time ago - about a red balloon.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048980/

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  2. Yup, Anna is now becoming more and more of a little human and not just a "pet" that we change and feed. Watching her mimic us and trying to communicate really brings this whole parenting thing to a whole other level.

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