Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Greenwich & Lewisham
Greenwich & Lewisham INFORMATION
Welcome to Sing and Sign classes in Greenwich and Lewisham
Booking for this September 2019 are now closed
Please watch this space for information regarding January 2020
TERM DATES: Monday 16th September till Friday 6th December 2019
Half term - TWO WEEKS 21st October to 3rd November
INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE BOOKING WHICH MIGHT HELP SOME ENQUIRIES
The classes are generally on these days at these venues and at present we only run morning classes:
Tuesday at St Hilda's
Wednesday at Mycenae House
Thursday at Greenwich West community centre
Friday at Lochaber Hall (Lee)
You sign up and pay in advance for the whole term of classes.
Cost for the 10 week course for all new families is £105 and that includes 'Gold' membership
For Sing and Sign Babes 5 week course that cost £50 and includes “Jessie Cat songbook”.
Cost of classes for TWINS is £135 (including membership)
BABES (0 to 5 months) short course still AVAILABLE
·Select the stage you are interested in on the dropdown Category List.
·Select the class
·Fill in the required information.
·You will then receive an automated confirmation of your reservation.
·Make your payment in full via bank transfer (details are included in your reservation email
ABOUT OUR CLASSES AND OTHER INFORMATION
Classes are great fun - and purposeful. When we attended them ourselves, we found that the benefit of the class lasted from week to week, using the signs and songs at home with our babies.
WHICH STAGE SHOULD YOU BOOK?
There are three stages.
Sing and Sign Babes is devoted to babies from 0 - 4 months at the beginning of the term. It is a gentle, multisensory introduction to communication with your baby, including some useful basic signs. The main emphasis is on your relationship and interaction with your baby. At the moment these classes only run at Lochaber Hall in Lee on Fridays but we also run these classes on an individual basis, based in private homes which are more comfortable and relaxed for new parents or small NCT groups. If you would like to know more about these private classes please email me again directly email@example.com
Stage 1 is for babies of 6 - 13 months at the beginning of the term. This, our most popular stage, focuses on babies' day to day routines - eating, sleeping, nappy changing, bedtime, going out, etc.. It also has a number of signs and songs covering animals and vehicles - just the sort of thing that your baby may wish to tell you about - as well as the more directly useful ones for parents relating to routine activities!
Stage 2 - this stage is for toddlers of 14 months up to around 30 months. Conceptually it is more demanding than Stage 1 - tackling specific food signs, colours, the weather, opposites, manners, being helpful, simple counting and even phonics! It is an active class.
If your baby will be 5 months at the beginning of the term, then it is better to sign up for Stage 1 than Babes, unless your little one is easily overwhelmed, in which case you should book Babes instead.
Classes last for around 45 minutes, although this can vary to a degree depending on the number in the class. The maximum number per class is 12. Twins pay 1.5 times the singleton fees.
· Please note we are NOT a drop-in class and we expect commitment to (and payment for) classes for the FULL Sing and Sign term.
· If for any reason you and your baby need to miss classes there will be NO refund for those missed classes (however it may be possible for you to take a replacement class with another of our groups). If you miss a class it is not transferable to another family.
· If you have any friend that wish to come along, please pass on our details and will can invite them to a introductory session.
· So if you know your availability for the current Sing & Sign term is going to be patchy, you may want to consider signing up for the following term in order to preserve the natural flow of your baby's (and the group's) learning experience.
As part of your first term requirement, for Stage 1, you will be signed up for the Sing and Sign Online basic subscription which give you access to our fabulous online area - it includes entertaining videos for learning the most important signs and songs, an online dictionary, the facility to print out signs for your own reference or for people caring for your baby and some online games to entertain your baby. The subscription requires you to have access to internet data in order to play it - the videos do not download - they are streaming files.
Watching the Sing and Sign videos at home with your baby HUGELY ACCELERATES your baby's understanding of the signs. It is akin to practicing the piano at home, instead of just playing at your weekly lesson - it makes an enormous
difference to the speed of learning and acquiring the signs and songs!
TIMETABLE SEPTEMBER 2019 Subject to change – guide only
Tuesday stage 1 11.00 St Hilda's Church SE23 1PL
Tuesday stage 2 12.00 St Hilda's Church SE23 1PL
Wednesday stage 2 10.00 Mycenae House SE3 7SE
Wednesday stage 1 11.00 Mycenae House SE37SE
Thursday stage 2 10.15 Greenwich West community centre SE10 8LA
Thursday stage 1 11.15 Greenwich West community centre SE10 8LA
Friday stage 2 10.00 Lochaber Hall SE14 5TG
Friday stage 1 11.00 Lochaber Hall SE14 5TG
Friday babes 12.00 Lochaber Hall SE14 5GT
Rebecca has been a Sing and Sign teacher for about fourteen years and she is passionate about baby signing and early communication with babies.
Herself and her fantastic teacher Victoria are really excited about meeting lots of new families and of course, teaching you and meeting all your lovely scrummy babies!
If you wish to know where the classes as a guideline for next term are you can click on venues which gives you up to date information of all the classes that are happening now! This is especially useful for seeing where you can do a catch up class!
What some mums have said about us
"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!"******************************************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.
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.
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.
Classes in Blackheath, Brockley, Greenwich, Lee and New Cross
Day Time Stage Location Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Hilda's Church SE23 1LA Wednesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Mycenae House Community Centre SE3 7SE Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Greenwich West Community & Arts centre SE10 8JA Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Lochabar Hall - Manor Lane Terrance
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.