Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Shrewsbury
Captivate! Communicate! Connect!
My name is Rachael and I am the Sing and Sign teacher for Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas. My daughter and I really enjoyed attending Sing and Sign lessons ourselves and when the opportunity to become part of this fabulous team came up, we had to take the plunge (after over a decade of teaching in a Primary School, this was both quite scary and very exciting)!
We have had so many positive experiences using baby sign language, that I recommend the programme to ALL my friends and family. Everyone was amazed when my daughter first signed “no” or “milk” or “more”. These were the first signs she began using to communicate to us at the age of 10 months, when she had been attending Sing and Sign for around three quarters of a term. Now, at almost 6 years old, she is an amazing conversationalist AND reader! She still uses signs occasionally, when she talks to babies, or when she is practising to take over mummy's job!
Sing and Sign classes are not just about learning to communicate with your baby or toddler, but they are about becoming part of a family and meeting other parents and their children. So, what are the benefits of signing with your baby?
- enhances speech and language develpment
- stimulates memory and listening skills
- lessens baby's frustration
- enriches your relationship with baby
- gives you and your baby lots of fun
Sing and Sign changed our lives, find out what sort of a difference it could make to yours! I've really found out that babies are very intelligent, and just because your baby cannot speak, doesn't mean they have nothing to say!
Where and When?
The Summer Term begins week commencing 29th April 2019 The Waiting Lists are open for our next course (Autumn 2019), which begins the week commencing 9th September 2019). Places do fill quickly, so it is recommended to put your name on the waiting list for the next term.
Shawbury Village Hall Mondays
Stage 2 9:45am SPACES
Stage 1 10:45am SPACES
Little Rascals UK Tuesdays from 9th January 2018
Stage 1 10:00 FULL
Stage Two 11:00 spaces available
These courses are 10 weeks long and class price includes soft play. 25% off drinks at Little Rascals cafe (presentation of Sing and Sign card--limited to Tuesdays only)
Climbing the Walls, Battlefield Industrial Estate, Shrewsbury Wednesdays
Stage 1 1:00pm Limited Spaces
Shrewsbury United Reform Church Thursdays
Stage 2 9:45am Limited Spaces
Stage 1 10:45am SPACES
Button & Bear Bookshop Fridays
Stage 2 9:45am Spaces
Stage 1 1:00pm SPACES
There are no classes running during the May half term.
You can book yourself on to the Summer or Autumn term courses by using the enquiry form or this link or the "Book now" button below:
DID YOU KNOW?
I am able to run private courses for groups of 5-10 parents and babies. Contact me for more details.
I am also available to run staff training and/or courses for Nurseries and childcare providers (0-3 year olds). Again, please contact me for more information, or pass on my contact details to your child's nursery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I do baby signing?
Studies have shown that use of baby signing can lessen frustration in babies and toddlers, can help develop the language centres of the brain and stimulate learning and understanding in general.
When should I start baby signing?
The following are our general guidelines for classes, but we know that every child is an individual...
. Entry Stage (level 1) is aimed at children from around 5-7 months, ie pre-speech.
Signing with your baby before they are 6 months old will not do them any harm, the reason you are recommended to wait is because we don't expect them to start signing back until they are 9-14 months old. Therefore you may think it is not working in those early days and maybe think it is not for you, which would be a great shame.
Stage 2 classes at around 13+ months old
Stage 2 classes are appropriate for babies who have attended at least a term of stage 1, BUT I have had many toddlers join this group who have never signed previously and have picked up the signs extremely quickly! The best age to start Stage Two is when your toddler is around 13mths+ (but under 2 years) at the start of term (exceptions apply as experiences of baby signing can vary, please contact me if you wish to discuss.)
Can I bring older siblings too?
I love to meet older brothers and sisters, and it's great to know that they enjoy the classes as much as the little ones. They often pick up the signs quicker than mummy or daddy so they can communicate with their younger siblings too. Just let me know about any extra children when you make your booking. Also, please ensure that you bring something that they enjoy doing to keep them occupied for when they get distracted.
I have twins is it double the price?
No, not at Sing and Sign! We charge families just one fee for all of you. So there is no extra charge for twins or triplets, or for older siblings, (within reason, please contact me to discuss if you are unsure).
How much are the classes, can I pay as I go?
Cost per class is just £6 and fees are charged on a termly basis. Due to limited numbers per class (maximum 12 babies) you will need to book and pay prior to term starting. (Early booking is advisable) Payment can be made via cheque, or bank transfer.
Sing and Sign has been specially designed to help you build your signing vocabulary over the whole term, and our social time is also a good time to build friendships for both you and your little one. Classes last 45 minutes and refreshments are provided.
The price for the whole term is £60.00. From September 2019, the price will be £65.00,
I Am On Holiday For A Couple Of The Classes. Do I Still Have To Pay The Full Amount?
In a word, yes! Sing and Sign classes operate as a course, not a drop-in and your place is guaranteed each week. Many people miss one or two weeks because of illness / holidays etc. and they soon catch up as our classes are purposefully repetitive to help you remember the songs and the signs (and babies love routine too). We also e-mail you handouts to complement the classes. If possible, I will fit you in to an alternative class on another day on your return.
When does the term start?
We follow the same term pattern as schools so my Spring term starts in January, Summer term in April and Autumn term in September
The next term dates are:
Spring Term 2019
Mondays, starting 29th April 2019, at Shawbury Village Hall, Shawbury.
09:45 for Stage Two classes and 10:45am for the Stage One class.
Tuesdays, starting 30th April 2019, at Little Rascals Play Centre, Monkmoor.
10:00 for the Stage One class. 11:00 for the Stage 2 class
Wednesday, starting 1st May 2019, at Climbing the Walls, Shrewsbury
1:00pm for the Stage One class
Thursdays, starting 2nd May 2019, at Shrewsbury URC, Shrewsbury.
09:45 for Stage Two classes, 10:45am for the Stage One classes.
Fridays, starting 3rd May 2019, at Button & Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury
09:45 Stage Two classes
13:00 for the Stage One class
There will be no classes running during the MAY half term.
How do I join a class?
Copy this link into your browser or use the "Book Now" below :
If you need any more information you can use the "email me" link or the make an enquiry option also in the contact me box.
I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you and your little one(s) soon.
Welcoming and Friendly Venues
All the venues have free parking, good facilities and refreshments for adults are also provided or available from the cafe.
Shawbury Village Hall
Shrewsbury United Reformed Church
Little Rascals UK
Button and Bear Bookshop
Climbing the Walls
Day Time Stage Location Tuesday AM Stage 1 Baby Sensory Room, Little Rascals Wednesday PM Stage 1 Tesco Extra Friday AM Stage 2 Button & Bear Bookshop Friday PM Stage 1 Button & Bear Bookshop Monday AM Stage 2 Function Room, Shawbury Village Hall Monday AM Stage 1 Function Room, Shawbury Village Hall Thursday AM Stage 2 Activities Room, Shrewsbury United Reform Church Thursday AM Stage 1 Activities Room, Shrewsbury United Reform Church
Nursery Affiliation Possibilities
Does your child attend a nursery?
Sing and Sign has an excellent Nursery Affliation Programme which will train staff on their own premises at a time to suit all. It includes teaching staff a selection of signs, tailor made to the nursery's individual requirements and designing 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 Sing and Sign 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 my details on.
I am also able to offer weekly sessions within nurseries, booked for a term. Contact me for more details.
CURRENT NURSERIES WITH SING AND SIGN TRAINING:
- Hillside House Nursery (Lyth Hill and Hook-a-Gate)
- Tick Tock Nursery at Moor Park
- Little Learners Preschool , Aqueduct , Telford
Come and join the fun!
Come and learn baby signing the fun way, with Rachael, Jessie Cat and all the animals!
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