My Toddler’s First Five Words in Sign Language

I love Rylee’s daycare so much. It is such a great facility with a strict yearly schedule that has kept us as parents in check with her growing milestones and kept her in such a routine, even at home.

With daily reports and arts & crafts projects coming home with her every afternoon, I was so surprised that there wasn’t any information coming home to the parents about the sign language that they were teaching the kids every day.

It wasn’t until Rylee came home one weekend and kept rubbing her chest that we decided to ask the teachers about what it meant.

When we asked them, they knew right away that it was Rylee’s way of saying please!

I was so impressed with how well Rylee was learning, but frustrated at the same time that I could have been encouraging her learning of these signs at home and felt bad that she was trying to communicate with us and we didn’t know what she was trying to say.

Unfortunately, the teachers didn’t have any material to share with us on special signs that we can practice at home, so I took it upon myself to do a little research online to see if there were any resources out there. And what do you know, the Internet came through again! I found a great site called BabySignLanguage.com and it was loaded with video tutorials, printable flash cards, downloadable PDFs and an entire dictionary of words to look through. I was ecstatic!

One night I even started watching some of the video tutorials and Rylee wanted to watch them with me.

It wasn’t hard to learn a few words and now that I know the signs as well, I have been continuing to communicate with little Rylee and even started to teach her some new words. It is so incredible how quick she continues to use them once she understands what they mean!

Here are her first 5 words that she uses on a regular basis. And if you don’t believe me, check her out in action in the video below! :)

1) Please

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2) Thank You

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3) Milk

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4) Book

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5) Again

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I have also been working on this one:

I Love You

 

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Rylee does try to do it, but it is hard for her to get her two fingers down!

My next batch of words I want to try and incorporate are:

  1. Eat
  2. More
  3. Ball
  4. Help
  5. Bed

On BabySignLanguage.com they say to only introduce 5 words at a time and repeat, repeat, repeat. Rylee is already getting really good with the first 5 so I am slowly going to start with the next five. It’s actually really fun and I feel like I am learning a new language too!

 

 

 

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