Sing and Sign classes are held across Bristol and in Portishead and South Gloucestershire.
Baby signing encourages good communication by teaching your baby simple and easy signs such as ‘more’, milk’, ‘tired’, ‘mummy’ or ‘change nappy’, to name but a few.
Learning such signs helps babies to recognise such important words quicker and enable them to communicate with you before they are able to talk. Baby signing is easy to learn and fun!
There are classes available for different ages and stages: ‘Babes’ classes are for babies aged 2 – 6 months, Stage 1 classes are for babies ages 6 – 14 months and Stage 2 classes are for toddlers aged 14 months+.
Your baby or toddler can start Sing and Sign classes at any age: they don’t need to have done the Babes classes before starting Stage 1, not the Stage 1 classes before beginning Stage 2.
Each Sing and Sign class begins with a friendly ‘Hello’ song in which all babies are welcomed by name. Every session has a different theme, such as ’emotions’ or ‘animals’.
Every Sing and Sign session is full of songs, stories and rhymes which help both you and your baby to learn different signs.
Rhymes and songs include the Crocodile rhyme, Naughty Little Monkey, Walking through the Jungle, The Wheels on the Bus, the Teddy Bear song, If You’re Happy and you Know It and the Change Your Nappy song.
Throughout each song and rhyme different signs are practised, for example, when singing the Walking through the Jungle you sing about the different animals in the jungle, using the signs for elephant, lion, monkey etc.
There are also fun toys and props used in Sing and Sign sessions including beautiful coloured scarves, musical instruments (babies learned signs for loud and quiet), plus ‘Jessie Cat’ always makes an appearance, a firm favourite of babies!
Babies also love the ‘Shaky Bag’ and choosing various items out of the bag such as a teddy bear, fluffy spider, bus, boat and baby. They also enjoy the book about Jessie Cat and more.
Sessions always end with the opportunity for parents to ask about different signs and also about the educational books and props used in the class. Parents and carers are also encouraged to stay and have a chat.
Sing and Sign classes are fun, friendly and are a great way to encourage your baby’s communication skills!
To find out more about Sing and Sign classes nearest you, please contact Katherine Amor at firstname.lastname@example.org and say where you live and she will direct you to your closest class.
Their Facebook pages will also tell you more information and can be found via the Sing and Sign – Bristol Facebook page.