Do you want to communicate with your baby before they can talk?
Have fun with your toddler and and help them develop language, speaking and listening skills.
Autumn term 2016 – Book your free trial class now!
Classes currently run Mon 11am-12pm, Tues 1.15pm and Thurs 3pm until Mon 25th July when we start our summer holiday drop-in sessions. Please see below for dates and topics. Feel free to just turn up or email for further information.
|Topic of the week||Mon 11am dates||Thu 11.15am dates|
|Summer||25th July||28th July|
|Holidays||1st Aug||4th Aug|
|Seaside||8th Aug||11th Aug|
(guest teacher Lucy Bailey-Wright)
|15th Aug||18th Aug|
|Colours and Rainbow||22nd Aug||25th Aug|
|Dinner||(no class as bank holiday Mon but check emails for information about signing choir tasters)||1st Sep|
Signing with your child will give them the tools they need to let you know what they want and help reduce frustration. Studies show that signing with your child should also lead to them developing speech at a younger age.
Signs and Sounds is a class for children aged 0 to 5 that includes British Sign Language, singing, playing instruments, signed stories, a signing puppet and lots of fun.
“The class is brilliant! Fun and educational for both parents and children 🙂 I love being able to sign even just my limited amount.” – Beth
Signs and Sounds Aims:
To give you signs that you can use to help you communicate with your child
To give you ideas of songs you can sing and sign at home
For you and your child to bond through singing, signing and playing together
For your child to socialise with other children and take part in shared activities
For you to learn something new which can also be used if you want to communicate with a deaf person
To have time to chat to other parents at the end of class
To have fun
“I selfishly love the class as its the perfect level of brain stretch for sleep deprived, baby absorbed new mums! But has positive side effect that the kids enjoy it too. Favourite signs have included ‘bird’, ‘dog’, ‘light, with ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ still being used regularly.
Best bonus of the class – You’ve been an inspirational and generous friend!” – Tallulah
Visit the other sections of this website to access free videos of songs and stories in sign language. Click here to see a short video of Rachel who leads the classes singing and signing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to a four month old baby.
Classes take place at the Christodelphian Hall, 23 Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7EG. Please use the side entrance next to Goldilocks nursery.
“It’s the most wonderful class and Jack and I are going to miss you so much. I’m even trying to change my working days to continue! The hello song makes Jack smile so widely.” – Charlie
“I started running Signs and Sounds classes when my daughter was 9 months old so that I could share the benefits of signing with other parents. My daughter first signed ‘milk’ when she was 11 weeks old and has continued to use signs and speech to help us communicate better and avoid frustration. My daughter’s language skills continue to be well in advance of her age at every assessment we have with health professionals.”
– Rachel Xerri-Brooks, Signs and Sounds Director
I can also offer one-to-one consultations and bespoke birthday party packages at affordable prices. For an example of a sign song performance suitable for birthdays please watch this music video to Let it Go from Frozen.
Please contact me for more information including details of how classes cover the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
I also lead Music Shakers classes for babies and toddlers in Kings Heath. We learn songs from a variety of cultures, countries and languages as well as traditional nursery rhymes. We sing, play instruments and dance together and classes are a lot of fun. Classes are in the same venue on Mon 9.30am, Tue 11am, Thu 10am and 1.30pm (babies class)
visit the website for further information or http://www.musicshakers.com/