Since my eldest daughter was 8 months old we have attended a Sing and Sign class. I remember walking in the park and my eldest signed duck at me then frantically pointed at the ducks on the water. When I said to her 'yes, look at those ducks' she smiled so much and was so pleased that I had understood her and from then on she signed more and more. My youngest is following, she now signs milk when she wants milk, very handy and she also loves that I understand her.
Since that first session I have attended all the terms, using my holiday days when I returned to work, with my daughters and today was our last class. I am really sad that we will no longer be attending sing and sign as both girls have had so much fun. Not only that but I clearly see a huge benefit in the girls communication skills.
I am too frightened to tell my eldest she will no longer see Jessie cat again, the sing and sign mascot, as I know it will bring a lot of tears. She asks for her every day and is so excited when we go to class. I can't quite believe how quick the time has gone.
I went through my entire pregnancy with my youngest at the class. I attended a class on my due date with all the other mums asking if I was OK all the way through class. The week after I turned up with my youngest at 6 days old. She has grown up, from bump to birth, at sing and sign, possibly one of the youngest attendees. It feels like leaving a part of your family.
I have no doubt that we will continue to watch the DVD at home and listen to the CD in the car. Even sing the songs at home as both girls really enjoyed the classes. It has been really lovely watching the girls communicate from a young age and its really lovely watching my eldest sign at my youngest in an attempt to communicate with her. Sing and Sign has been a big part of the girls lives and although we won't be attending the classes I am sure it will continue to be a big part as they grown up.
This day I love Jessie Cat