Here’s what people are saying…
“Its most striking attribute is the promise it offers for enhancing the quality and pleasure of interacting within families.”
- Dr. Marilyn Daniels, Professor of Speech Communication at Penn State University and the author of Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy
As an audiologist who sees a number of children with varying degrees of hearing loss, I know first hand the many negative consequences a child can experience as a result of delayed and/or limited language development. These videos can provide parents of children with normal hearing with a wonderful tool to use to enhance their preverbal development. The videos also can help educate both parents and children about other modes of communication.
- Lisa Lucks Mendel, Ph.D., CCC-A Associate Professor, Audiologist
“We Sign: Babies & Toddlers is an invaluable instructional resource and highly recommended for family and community library ASL signing instructional and reference collections.”
- Children’s Bookwatch, The Library Video Shelf
“A useful addition for public libraries with circulating video collections.”
– Maren Ostergard, School Library Journal
“Every parent with infants and toddlers that wants to know what their child is thinking at an earlier age needs to have this video. It will be fun and exciting for the entire family.”
– Christian Worldview
“Children will be able to follow the signs with ease, and will enjoy the enthusiastic musical performances. A fun introduction to American Sign Language.”
- Christine A. Moesch, School Library Journal
“My 4 year old was introduced to the series through our library. It was amazing how quickly she picked up learning numbers which I had been working with her on once she watched the numbers video several times.”
- Creative Memories Consultant, Autumn Bear
“The We Sign series is a wonderful way to combine ASL vocabulary with songs, communication, rhyme and much more. Children and parents, students and teachers will be fascinated and entertained. The tape is ideal for supporting in-classroom education, at-home education and all around family fun.”
- Ventura County Parent
Teaching American Sign Language. Well produced, the speaker is clear and gives precise instructions, the content is age appropriate. Kids were excited to learn sign language and caught on very quickly. "The teacher taught us how to sign the ABCs and sing a song. She made signing a lot of fun." "It was colorful and fun to sing along with." "I want to keep practicing to get better!"
I have been thrilled with how learning sign language has allowed my two girls to express emotion and expand their vocabulary. The video tape allowed me to share with my family and friends the benefits of teaching sign language to children. I also think the first tape will be a wonderful introduction to anyone not familiar with sign language for children. The vocabulary tape was especially wonderful for us as it allowed us to practice some signs we knew, expand our sign language vocabulary, and teach my husband signs so he can sign with us. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about my reactions to the video. Sincerely,
Kristen Kelly, M.D. (and mother of two girls)
Closing The Gap, We Sign: Babies & Toddlers
Designed to teach parents how to use sign with their hearing babies, this two-video set can help parents of children with hearing loss and children with developmental disabilities as well. The first video introduces the concepts, explains how to introduce signing, and includes some basic ASL vocabulary (more, eat, hurt, etc.) The second video teaches over 200 additional vocabulary words, helping parents to move at their own pace
Children’s Bookwatch,The Library Video Shelf
We Sign: Babies & Toddlers is a superbly produced and presented two volume video series specifically designed to teach infants to use sign language to communicate. We Sign: Babies & Toddlers provides hearing impaired parents with practical “user-friendly” instruction in utilizing signing with their hearing children, and to incorporate signing into their child’s everyday life. Based on the American Sign Language Vocabulary (ASL), even the young child can learn to sign before he or she learns to speak! Signing with hearing infants and toddlers enhances communication, reduces frustrations, and accelerates language development. The success of this system is based on an infant’s natural discovery of their hands and how to use them. Indeed, babies are physically capable of signing (using their hands to communicate their desires and thoughts) long before they master the skills for verbal communication. We Sign: Babies & Toddlers is and invaluable instructional resource and highly recommended for family and community library ASL signing instructional and reference collections.
Parent World, Brenna Hansen - We Sign: Babies & Toddlers
This two-video release teaches parents why and how to use simple American Sign Language (ASL) with babies and toddlers. Many babies become upset because they cannot communicate their needs to caregivers, and ASL utilizes their developing motor skills to help them communicate these needs before they can speak. The first video begins with testimonials from parents who have benefited from signing and then moves into basic vocabulary like “milk”, “more” and “hurt”. The video stresses consistency with the signing, which should be done while speaking the words clearly. The second video contains over 200 words so parents can learn vocabulary at their own pace.
School Library Journal, We Sign: Babies & Toddlers
The intended audience for these videos is adults. The first tape is an introduction for parents, teachers, and caregivers on how to use American Sign Language with hearing infants. Many parents and one early childhood expert reiterate the successes they have had using ASL, with their preverbal children. The premise of these videos is that infants are capable of signing words much earlier than they are physically capable of verbal speech. Sign Language is a way in which parents can interact with their child in a one-on-one situation and decrease the frustration level of children who are unable to communicate verbally. The first video includes 30 basic words such as “more”, “eat,” “drink,” and “hurt”. The host and childhood expert do a good job of explaining how to use sign language without overwhelming their children and how to be patient since they may use a sign for months without seeing it returned. After a brief introduction, the second tape consists of the host teaching parents over 200 signs to be used with their children. It is organized by category, such as animals, feelings, friends and family. The tape is fast paced; viewers may have to do some rewinding and pausing. A useful addition for public libraries with circulating video collections
–Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA
We Sign Babies & Toddlers offers parents, siblings, family members, teachers and caregivers two great videos for using American Sign Language(ASL) with young children. The first tape is an introduction which includes basic "how to" information as well as over 30 of the most commonly used words. The second tape provides over 200 words for increased signing vocabulary. Research shows that infants are capable of signing words much earlier than they are able to speak. By introducing your child to sign language, you are providing them with a proven communication skill that also facilitates parent/child communication. Signing with toddlers is a great way to spend time together and one that will bring a wealth of benefits. Experts agree that signing is a language-rich activity that can significantly increase spoken vocabulary, improve reading readiness, enhance motor and memory skills as well as provide a substantial head start on education with a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Imagine your baby having the ability to tell you what he/she wants and needs by their first birthday or even sooner.
Annie Lee Jones takes us through the world of signing to infants and toddlers. She shows that this interesting and effective language can be taught and learned to infants and toddlers giving them the necessary tools to communicate before their verbal skills have developed. Throughout this video you hear testimonials from parents that have taught American Sign Language (ASL) to their infants with great success. Tape one takes the viewer through an introduction and then teaches over 30 commonly used words like, drink, milk cookies, mommy, daddy, hot, cold, love hurt, help and book to name a few. Tape two gives the viewer over 200 words to add to their signing vocabulary. Every parent with infants and toddlers that wants to know what their child is thinking at an earlier age needs to have this video. It will be fun and exciting for the entire family.
The Dove Foundation – Family Videos
Annie Lee Jones enthusiastically uses ASL (American Sign Language) to lead viewers through eight songs about America. Observing good educational practice, Jones teaches the simplest song “Yankee Doodle” first and finishes with the more difficult “The Star Spangled Banner”. Although each sign is introduced in isolation, the context is far more important, as the sign is shown in two repetitions bolstered with lively background music and vocalizations. Still pictures of snow-capped mountains, uniformed astronauts and colonial soldiers are among the joyful visuals that intermingle with the signing instructions for “Grand Old Flag”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful” and other familiar songs. Geared to hearing children and adults, this patriotic instructional can also be used in music and sign language classes.
--- Nancy McCray BookList
Sneak Peeks – Ventura County Parent
The We Sign series is a wonderful way to combine ASL vocabulary with songs, communication, rhyme and much more. Children and parents, students and teachers will be fascinated and entertained. The tapes use and exercise a variety of proven learning styles—visual, musical, physical and verbal. Signing and singing along with We Sign video’s is not only educational but is also fun. We Sign: Patriotic Songs is a new and unique way to celebrate America and learn to sign hundreds of words along with classic favorite songs such as: Yankee Doodle; America the Beautiful; The Star Spangled Banner and more. The tape is ideal for supporting in-classroom education, at-home education and all around family fun.
We Sign Fun Time is a wonderful collection of fun, interactive songs for young children, preschoolers and families, which combine music and American Sing Language (ASL) vocabulary. Signing has proven to be beneficial for young children by improving verbal communication, enhancing motor and memory skills, increasing vocabulary and igniting a real enthusiasm for learning. Join our We Sign group of moms and children as they sing, sign, laugh, move and play-along to great songs. All songs on We Sing were designed specifically for young children and preschoolers to enjoy singing, to actively participate, to become inspired and to achieve success by signing-along for hours of fun, educational entertainment.
I used to love sign language as a child. It is proven that children are at the right age where learning languages comes easiest. We Sign takes sign language and music and puts them together to make it even easier for your child to learn how to sign. The way that the new material is presented makes it easy for the children to retain the information and it also makes it fun, which is pivotal for retention. I really liked how this video was set up and presented to me. I recommend this movie for any parent who looks to further their child's vocabulary and language abilities.
The Dove Foundation – Family Videos