Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham & Woolwich
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There are 3 different age appropriate classes - scroll down more info on Babes, Stage 1 & Stage 2.SPRING TERM: Tuesday 9 January - 23 March 2017 (10 sessions)Half term 13 - 16 February (no classes)Sing & Sign Babes (from 0 - 6 months)Wednesday 12.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWStage 1 (from 6 months +)Tuesday 11.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWWednesday 11.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWThursday 11.00 St Marks Church, DALSTONFriday 11.00 Burrell’s Wharf, ISLE OF DOGSStage 2 (from 14 - 16 months – 2 years)Tuesday 10.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWWednesday 10.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWThursday 10.00 St Marks Church, DALSTONFriday 10.00 Burrell’s Wharf, ISLE OF DOGS
St Paul's St Stephens Rd, BOW, E3 5JL
St Mark's Church St Mark's Rise, DALSTON, E8 2LJ
Burrells Wharf, Isle of Dogs, E14 3TJWhat's it all about?
First off, baby signing is really fun and very easy. You only need to learn a few signs to make a significant difference in your child's ability to communicate. You can lessen frustration, enrich language learning, encourage speech development and have a lot of fun with it too.
The great thing about the classes is that they are relaxed, so you can have fun while doing something educational with your child. Each (stage 1 & 2) session is around 50 minutes long and 'Babes' is about 35 minutes. As well as many familiar and original songs, we use puppets, props, instruments and pictures to inspire your baby's interest and illustrate the signs. We sing about going to the park, mealtimes, bath time and bedtime and other things to capture your child's imagination like animals and vehicles. And very importantly we teach you signs your baby will WANT to use!
Which Stage? How old is your baby?
'Sing and Sign Babes' (from 0 - 6 months)
'Babes' is a wonderful gentle music and sensory class with a strong emphasis on parent/child communication. You will learn lots of lovely simple songs - just right for this age group. We concentrate on the essentials such as good eye contact, repetition and anticipation and of course you will learn some signs even at this very early stage.
Stage 1 (from babies from 6 - 14 months)
Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate!
If this is your first term with us then your baby will get most out of class if your baby is 6 months or older at the start of term. This is because he/she will be sitting up, becoming aware and ready to enjoy the music, the toys and props and social aspects of class.
If you have already completed one course of S&S then we recommend coming back for a 2nd Term! Did you know there are well over 100 signs covered in our Stage 1 course? If your baby is younger than 13/14 months then we definitely recommend repeating this Stage 1 curriculum. Coming to class for a second term enables you to see the usefulness of some of our course ideas in action at home, as your baby will be growing developmentally ready to respond more and more!
Toddling on to stage 2 (from around 14/15 months)
If your baby is a little older, you may feel ready for a class with a little more action and activity! Even if you have never done Sing and Sign before, in our Stage 2 class we still include the basic advice on how to sign with your baby and have some lovely songs to enjoy, covering concepts such as the weather, colours, being helpful, simple counting, opposites and even beginning phonetic awareness all enjoyed through our magic ingredient – music! There are also opportunities to move about more, and plenty of toys and props to keep your baby amused.
I went to Sing and Sign classes with my son and loved the fact that we could communicate with one another from a really early age. Now that he is 8, I am more amazed with it every day as I see how much difference good language skills made to his transition into nursery and now into school. I put a big part of it down to Sing and Sign which helped him understand words so much earlier than he would have otherwise.
Our Sing and Sign classes are lots of fun and very relaxed and I know you'll love the extra dimension that signing with your baby will bring you.
About our classes
Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is Britain’s longest running and best loved baby signing programme.
Classes are very relaxed and good fun! We keep class sizes small, around 11 per class.
Babes classes (for the youngest babies 0 - 6 months) are around 35 minutes.
Stage 1 and 2 classes run for approximately 50 mins to an hour.
As a general rule, Stage 1 classes are great for babies aged from around 6 mths upwards. Stage 2 classes are most appropriate for babies who have attended at least one term of stage 1 but this is not essential, and who will be around 14mths + at the start of term (please contact me if you are unsure!).
We know babies don't like to stay still so we don't expect them to! They are welcome to roam around the room if they want to - they will still be learning (you'd be surprised how much they can pick up whilst wandering!) When Jessie Cat, the instruments or the prop bag appear they soon come back!
We learn all the signs through our easy to learn action-songs which include some you will already know and the babies love them. Don't worry if you can't sing particularly well... you don't have to!
Sing and Sign Babes is £93 and includes the Jessie Cat Songbook with 2 CDs. The 'Babes' class lasts 30 minutes, an appropriate time for their age.
Stages 1 & 2 cost £100 and includes the Sing and Sign on-line basic membership for 1 year. This streams our award winning teaching video 'Sing and Sign, has a dictionary of 200 signs in video clips and your baby can play 'peekaboo' with Sing and Sign's favourite friend Jessie Cat, who teaches signs through her simple interactive hiding games.
Upgrade to FULL membership is included when you go from stage 1 to stage 2 and gives you access to more Sing and Sign material, including our much loved follow on (Stage 2) DVD content, our Sing and Sign Christmas DVD and your baby can play Jessie Cat's next level interactive hiding game with seventeen animal friends! If you want it a little early, just email me and I will upgrade you for £15.
Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham and Woolwich
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Eltham Park Methodist Church, Eltham Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Paul's Church Wednesday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Paul's Church Wednesday AM Babes St Paul's Church Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Marks Church Thursday AM Babes St Marks Church Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Burrells Wharf, IOD