Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Portsmouth, Hedge End, Fareham
Welcome to Sing and Sign Portsmouth and Fareham!
Hi, I'm Tracy and I run Sing and Sign in Portsmouth, Fareham and the surrounding areas.
I started Sing and Sign classes when my eldest daughter was 5 months old. She loved the music and Jessie Cat was a firm favourite. As a family we began signing as much as we could with our daughter and the results were fantastic! Initially, she was able to understand us better and then once she started to sign herself, the joy in her face when she could tell she was making herself understood, was magic!
I firmly believe that not only did signing mean we avoided the potential tantrums, due to the frustration of not being understood, but that her speech developed earlier as a result. When my second daughter came along, the whole family signed along with her, having already seen the benefits with my eldest. It was lovely to watch my two little girls being able to communicate with each other.
Having seen the benefits of Sing and Sign first hand, I was keen to help other families enjoy similar experiences, so became a Sing and Sign teacher.
About Our Classes
At Sing and Sign, we keep our class sizes small, to ensure that we keep a relaxed atmosphere for both babies and parents. We also have three different classes, so that we can cater for the needs of each specific age range...
Babes is for 0-6 months and is a gentle, sensory class, designed to focus on the key elements of good communication with babies, such as eye contact, repetition and anticipation. We also start to use some initial signing. This is all done through music, using songs, instruments, toys and props.
Stage 1 is for around 6-14 months. Each week we introduce a new theme, for example, bath time, then look at signs that are associated with the theme. This is a fully interactive class using simple, catchy songs to help parents remember the signs and give the babies a whole lot of fun, using instruments, props and toys. Each week you will be sent an email handout, to remind you of the key signs of the week.
Stage 2 is for around 14-24 months. As with Stage 1, we introduce a different theme each week, progressing to letters using phonics and colours amongst many others. We also focus more on social skills, encouraging babies to share and use manners. This is a lively class, where babies are not only signing, but now starting to fully use their voices too. Each week you will be sent an email handout, to remind you of the key signs of the week.
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, instruments or the prop bag appear they soon come back!
Our Babes term runs for 5 weeks and our Stage 1 and 2 terms run for 10 weeks, with a week break for half term in the middle. We ask that you sign up and pay in advance to secure your place.
Due to limited numbers per class you will need to book and pay prior to term starting. (Early booking is advisable)
- Monday 1pm, Kiddi Caru Nursery, Whiteley
- Wednesday 10am, Eastney Methodist Church
- Monday 10.30am, Whiteley Community Centre
- Wednesday 11am, Eastney Methodist Church
- Wednesday 2pm, Eastney Methodist Church
- Monday 9.30am, Whiteley Community Centre
- Wednesday 1pm, Eastney Methodist Church
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Here are the current classes in your area
Our Autumn 2018 term is open for booking now, with the following classes...
Please note that some of these classes may already be full, please check our booking system for availability
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 2 Whiteley Community Centre Monday AM Stage 1 Whiteley Community Centre Monday PM Babes Kiddi Caru Nursery, Whiteley Wednesday AM Babes Eastney Methodist Church Wednesday AM Stage 1 Eastney Methodist Church Wednesday PM Stage 2 Eastney Methodist Church Wednesday PM Stage 1 Eastney Methodist Church
SING AND SIGN IN LOCAL NURSERIES!
Does your child attend a nursery?
Sing and Sign now has an excellent Nursery Affiliation Programme which will train staff on their own premises at a time to suit all. We will teach staff a selection of signs, tailor made to the nursery's individual requirements and design an Individual Action Plan to inspire staff and make signing fun and easy to incorporate. Following training, the nursery will receive a Certificate of Sing and Sign Affiliation together with ongoing access to our signing resources and a complimentary package of products. If your baby attends nursery or you know of a childcare facility that would be interested in receiving further information, please do pass our details on.
Local Nurseries which have enjoyed Sing and Sign Affiliation include :
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery, Whiteley Tel : 01489 571941
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery, Basingstoke Tel: 01256 397779
Baby Signing the Fun Way!
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