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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Greenwich & Lewisham

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    Greenwich & Lewisham INFORMATION

    Welcome to Sing and Sign classes in Greenwich and Lewisham

    Sing and Sign Autumn/Winter classes 2020

    Booking now open! Yippee!

    Information for Sing&Sign@home online plus zoom and face to face venue courses

    The starting dates vary from different venues so just please read carefully and check that you can make all the dates and that your baby is suitable for the class before booking.

    Venue classes.

    At present we will only be able to offer Babes 2 - 5 months and Stage ONE,5 - 10 months. The reason for this age restriction is that we CANNOT have any crawling babies because of the social distancing rule of 2 metres, so to begin with you can only book for these classes if your baby is NOT too mobile and that you are able to keep them fairly restricted within your mat area. 

    For the Babes course this is not a problem and we will probably be running quite a few of these classes, but for Stage ONE, really consider how your baby behaves. If they are happy to sit with you then great but if they are a wriggler and get upset when you try to restrict them then maybe this is not for you at the moment.

    Please note that I have put 10months as a guideline as some babies start moving earlier, so that could be you. 

    There will be hand sanitizing facilities and you and your baby's temperature will be taken and you will be required to wear a mask until you have sat down on your mat - which will be 2 metres apart, with your baby. When we are all settled and ready to go then we can remove our masks and start Singing and Signing (although it will be only the teacher that is allowed to sing loudly and will have a visor on throughout the class) but I am sure most of you mums will be glad of that point. 

    Places are very limited to accommodate social distancing so please book soon and don't forget to check the terms and conditions as they have now been updated due to Covid

    Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre, Catford  -  Fridays - 10.00 Babes   - starting 25th September
    Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre, Catford  -  Fridays - 11.00 Stage 1 - starting 25th September
    Lochaber Hall. Lee   - Tuesdays - 12.00 - Babes - starting 29th September
    Lochaber Hall, Lee   - Tuesday  -  1.00pm - Stage 1 - starting 29th September
    Mycenae House, Blackheath Standard - Tuesdays - 9.30 - Stage 1 - starting 29th September.

    To book for ALL courses click link below
    Sing&Sign Autumn/Winter 2020  

    At present I have put a few classes up as I am not sure how confident families are going to be into return to venued classes BUT if I get an overwhelming response and I would like to encourage parents to add to the waiting lists so I can see if more classes are required. 
    Please note that all classes times may change slightly (only by 15 min either way) to maybe accommodate extra cleaning that is now required

    Cost for Venued classes
    Babes 5 week course is £50 this includes Jessie Cat songbook - this class last about 30 mins
    Stage ONE Part A is £50 and Part B is £50 - total for both Parts = £100, class last about 40/45 mins, we recommend that you do both but only book and pay for Part A first and then if all goes according to plan book and pay for Part B, nearer the time.
    For new families who have not done Sing and Sign before the cost for Stage One is the same but with the addition of £10 for Gold membership which is required.

    Sing & Sign@HOME online with weekly zoom classes

    These classes are for very active babies and for those who still feel uncomfortable about going out or who might be shielding, there will be both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Sing&Sign@home. 

    For those of you that are new to Sing and Sign and do not wish to do the venued class here is a bit more information about the online course.

    Sing&Sign@HOME online plus weekly 'live' zoom class:
    • 10 structured 30 minute, age appropriate classes to enjoy over a 10 week period starting Monday 21st September  Each week covering a theme and gradually building your signing knowledge.
    •  Sing & Sign @ Home is not 'live', meaning you can stream the class any time of the day, as many times as you like for a whole week.
    •  It is something for you to DO with your child - not just a film to watch on screen. Get down on the living room floor and ENJOY quality time, music and fun together.
    •  We are supporting these sessions with weekly 'live' ZOOM events/classes, where we can recap some of the themes of the week and ask any questions that you might have. 
    • So for your money you get an online course which you can watch at any time of day or night PLUS a weekly 'live' fun zoom class to support and explain the weekly themes
    The cost for Sing & Sign@HOME online 10 week course for NEW families is £40 and that includes basic membership which you will need to access the course.

    To book for ALL courses, including the online stage 1 & 2 click link below

    I hope this is all clear and if you have any questions please feel free to email me.


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    "Sing and Sign is fantastic. It has helped me communicate so much with my daughter and her with me and my husband. Even people that are initially sceptical have been really surprised and intrigued to see how well we can communicate as a family. Rachel has a great temperament anyway, but I am pretty sure that through Sing and Sign we have cut out a lot of frustration and tears by her being able to ask for what she wants and tell us how she feels and for us to ask her questions. She has been able to tell me she has a sore throat, ask for drinks, ask for food or to play, all the songs have helped enormously on car journeys and Rachel is very keen on the game "tidy up".... how could anyone object to any of that!?!!  I highly recommend the DVDs which have been a really good support to the classes and a happy way to while away half an hour together on a rainy afternoon. Rachel loves them and it's really helped reinforce the signs for both of us! Most of all Sing and Sign is fun. Now Rachel has started talking more, she is signing less, but the signing has been such a great stepping stone which have encouraged us to "talk" since she was such a small baby that I don't think twice about having a conversation with her. We just carry on with our signing and enjoy it, but I know at least two friends who are now wanting to take it up with their babies because they have seen it in action and think it's so amazing  - so I think that speaks for itself !"

    "When Blake was around 6 months old he was fascinated by my younger deaf sister and I signing to each other. I could see him trying to copy some of the signs himself so it was a very natural decision to take him to sing and sign classes at around 8 months. He loved stage 1 and by the end was signing 'milk', 'bird', 'eat' and 'drink'. We didn't start stage 2 until he was 20 months and a lot of my friends thought I was mad taking him along as he was already talking very well but I wanted him to learn sign language to mainly communicate with my sister but also with other people who might not exactly understand everything he says. We did stage 2 with Rebecca and both loved it. Not only does she have a wonderful voice but she is so passionate about teaching sign language.  Her classes are always well structured and she makes every child in the class feel special with her constant encouragement and endless enthusiasm. Thank you!"

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    Imagine that every time you try something new, all the people around you explode with excitement, wonder and joy, how would that make you feel? Do you think you would try that 'new thing' again? ..... umm yes, I think you would and what if every time you did that 'new thing', those same people, supported, encouraged and brimmed with pride, again, how would you feel?

    This is what I witness when my families see their babies signing. Not only is it early communication through baby signing, but in the process and from a very early age a deep family bond of understanding is forming and I see a baby's confidence bloom and a real deep trusting connection made.

    It gives you an experience of your babies world that you would never have known.

     

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    What can I expect from Greenwich, Lewisham, classes

    GREENWICH & LEWISHAM CLASSES

    Our classes are open to a maximum of 11/12 babies per class, at our discretion.  Classes are approximately 45 minutes long, although you need to allow for it to be up to an hour for a relaxing  (but prompt!) start and finish to the class. We don't chuck you out immediately!   Terms last for 10/11 classes and start in January, April/May and September.  

    COST/PAYMENT  

    The cost for the term for both stage 1 & 2 will be £105 this includes 'gold' membership.  The cost for twins is first child full price, second child half and only one membership is required so cost for twins would be £145 . If you already have membership then the cost is £90 for a 10 week term. You sign up and pay in advance for the whole term of classes and we do our best to offer you catch up classes if, for example, you miss a class because of a doctor’s appointment/illness. We don’t offer refunds for missed classes or for going on holiday half way through the term.

    WHAT ARE THE CLASSES LIKE?

    Our classes follow the same structure every week, which is something that the babies soon learn to recognise and respond to very positively. It helps them enormously to know/anticipate what's going to happen next.  We introduce new signs each week and we then "spiral learn", so that signs and songs are repeated throughout the term so that you have a fair crack at learning all the songs and signs you wish to.  Our classes include an Introductory Song, A Warm Up session, Signs of the Week, a puppet (from Week 3 onwards), instruments, More Signs (including a recap of previous signs learnt) and a Toy Bag, closing with our "Time to go home" song.  Babies (and sometimes parents and carers!) usually take 2-3 weeks to become familiar with the class structure and the teacher, after which they become increasingly confident and interactive as they learn what to expect. We don't accept new enrolments after week 3 of the term, because the groups have settled and found their unique vibe and the new families often feel like they've missed too many classes and always feel like the "new girls". It's really great fun and we spend time each week individually with you and your baby and making absolutely sure that every baby is involved in the class. 

    OUR TEACHERS ARE 100% COMMITTED TO YOU

    All of our teachers are passionate about baby signing and are very experienced babysigning mummies. We are also passionate about getting to know the families who choose to attend our classes. We all feel it's a privilege for us to get to know so many lovely babies and toddlers (without having to be their mums!).  That's why we have such a high return/renewal rate 

    CAN MY FRIEND COME TOO?

    Yes!  If you have a friend/s with a baby, who may be interested in attending our classes, please ask them to book direct.  Places are only available only by booking in advance, not just turning up on the day. 

  • Venues

    Classes in Blackheath, Brockley, Catford, Greenwich & Lee



    Day Time Stage Location
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 Mycenae House Community Centre SE3 7SE
    Tuesday PM Stage 1 Lochabar Hall - Manor Lane Terrance
    Tuesday PM Babes Lochabar Hall - Manor Lane Terrance
    Friday AM Stage 1 Abbotshall Healthy lifestyle centre
    Friday AM Babes Abbotshall Healthy lifestyle centre
  • Nurseries

    Sing and Sign working within a Nursery

    We currently are working with Smartinees Nursery in Greenwich.

    As a project the staff wished that we taught regular classes on a fortnightly basic within their baby room.

    The age range is from 8 months to around 17/18 months which is quite a range but we have been able to adapt our curriculum to suit the group.

    The benefits have been enormous as the staff are now using the signs to help mainly with babies with English as a second language with their routine and settlement into the nursery as well as having fun with the songs.

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