Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham & Woolwich
Booking open 1pm Friday 28 February for SUMMER term!
You should find answers to all your questions on this page, so please have a read before emailing. You will need to book yourself on. You can find prices in the 'more info' tab above and all other info below.
SUMMER TERM: Monday 20 April - Thursday 9 July 2020
No classes for 2 weeks ( Half term) 25 May - 4 June 2020
The details of the class times, ages and venues (map links under the list of classes) are below. If you click here, you’ll be able to get an idea of how many spaces are left in each class that is running. If you then click one as if to book it, you’ll be able to see exactly what is included in the price – details of the online GOLD memberships (Stage 1 & 2) or the Songbook (Babes).
I have been teaching and running Sing and Sign in Tower Hamlets since 2011 and enjoy a very good reputation so classes can fill up quickly by word of mouth, so I don't do very much social media, sometimes none. (Thank you to past and present Sing and Sign families!)
The Booking process...
Each term, at around half term (Feb, May and Oct) I offer current families the chance to book again for the following term. They have a few days to book a place before I open booking to the public. So classes are often half full when it opens.
There are 3 different age-appropriate classes. Babes, Stage 1 & Stage 2.Sing & Sign Babes (from 0 - 6 months)
Wednesday 12.00 St Paul’s Church, BOW
Stage 1 (from 6 months +)Monday 11.00. Poplar Union, POPLARTuesday 11.00 St Paul’s Church, BOW
Wednesday 11.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWThursday 10.00 St Marks Church, DALSTONThursday 11.00 St Marks Church, DALSTONStage 2 (from 12/13 months – 2 years)Monday 10.00. Poplar Union, POPLAR
Tuesday 10.00 St Paul’s Church, BOWWednesday 10.00 St Paul’s Church, BOW
Sing & Sign Baby Signing... What's it all about?
'Sing and Sign Babes' (from 0 - 6 months)
'Babes' is a wonderful and 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.
Stage1 (from babies from 6 - 13 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 the 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 1 year then we 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 12/13 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, you can join 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. We teach over 250 signs in Stage 2!
A bit about me... I went to Sing and Sign classes with own my son when he was already 13 months (straight into Stage 2) so he was using the signs in no time. I loved the fact that we could communicate with one another from an early age. Now that he is 11, I still see every day how good early language skills have had such a positive effect on his learning in 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 £98 and includes the Jessie Cat Songbook with 2 CDs. The 'Babes' class lasts 30 minutes, an appropriate time for their age.
Stages 1 & 2 costs £105 and include the Sing and Sign on-line GOLD 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 PREMIUM 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 Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Shrewsbury House, Woolwich Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Paul's Church Wednesday AM Stage 1 St Paul's Church Wednesday AM Babes St Paul's Church Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Marks Church Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Poplar Union