Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I can't even tell you how much this series has affected our life.

I can't tell you how many times we have watched the first DVD in the series of Baby Signing Time. So many times at this point I see it in my sleep... but you know the fact that if I even get the box out of the entertainment center Connor starts to bop and dance is really a testament to how much he loves it.

Connor is still not really talking at 12m... He says Dada, Baba, Doggie, and the occasional other word but no Mama nor is he always consistent with using his words. He does understand a wide range of words, requests, and of course signs. I catch myself sometimes using the signs we have learned in the first video in public when someone is talking to Connor, like I need to translate to him (not that he can't hear or perfectly understand spoken words) but its becoming second nature.

I am so excited with the addition of these books we can not only expand our signing vocabulary but share it more easily with others. Our biggest challenge has been to get Connor's other caretakers on board with using signs... its not that they do not want to help its the fact that not everyone who cares for Connor has time to sit down and watch the DVD as many times as we have. The books are an easy and simple way for Connor to share his Signing Time with family and friends as well as enjoy Signing Time basically anywhere. The board books really serve several purposes, they are fun to look at with each page being brightly colored with a combination of illustrations and photos, each page has its own sign with an example and a short easy to understand direction on how to make the sign, and each page is labeled so you can work on your reading skills at the same time.

Along with great board books Signing Time offers a companion flash card set which teaches the basic words and signs, letters, and numbers. Regardless if your truely serious about learning to sign the flash cards are a great tool. Each set comes on its own plastic D Ring so you can easily attach them to the side of your stroller or diaper bag, and let me tell you they are a GREAT distraction tool (thats actually educational) if your stuck waiting in a doctor's office.

I personally cannot wait to expand our video collection with Signing Time. Id really love to see Baby Signing Time Volume 2, and Volume 3 of the first series : Everyday Signs!

Signing Time sent us a set of flash card to give away to one lucky reader! One lucky reader will get to start their signing adventure with sets 1-3. Thats a $32.00 value!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Signing Time and let us know which of their many signing products do you think would be most useful to you and why!
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end May 14th at midnight!

90 Comments:

Katie said...

I think my daughter would benefit most from the flash cards. Plus with being able to take them along with us we could practice them when we are waiting for one of our many appointments. katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com

Stacy said...

I have wanted to get this started for so long. I will probably start with Volume 1: My First Signs DVD.

Panjo Kids said...

One of the CD's would be great- then DS could practice his signs in the car. I'm a sign language interpreter and we love signing times!

dolls123 said...

I like the Practice Time DVD's. They would really help me learn how to sign.

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dolls123 said...

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Ames said...

Wow - I don't think I can choose. I'm expecting my first and would probably love to use a combo of DVD, book, and flashcards... depending on the situation?!?! Thanks!!

tvollowitz@aol.com said...

most helpful = flash cards, then volume 1 dvd.
Stephanie V.

jenny said...

well i think all of the things on singing time would be good well for my little one the reason why is so that well she can lean how to sing and well the best part of the singing time as to the video's is the dipper dance it 's so cute its one of my little ones fav's any how i would love to try to win this thanks

Kristie said...

My daughter has watched her Baby Signing Times DVD so much that she wore out the DVD player! (Seriously-we need to get a new one!)She loves it and I'm sure she'd love any of the many DVD's. She'd really get a kick out of the flashcards too. :)

Sharla said...

I have really been wanting something like this because my twins are now one and not talking too much yet. The one thing that looks so sweet to me is the Good Night Baby: A Collection of Lullabies Music. Thanks!

JenO said...

Baby signing time vol 1 makes the most sense for me, I gotta start somewhere! My baby is just 3 weeks old so now is a good time to start getting dvds such as this.

nifferjeno at gmail dot com

Staci said...

I could really, really use these flash cards. My daughter has down syndrome and just turned two. She doesn't talk yet and we have started to teach her sign language. These would help me out a lot. I love all of Signing Time's products. My daughter loves watching the show and loves bouncing to the music.

Jessie R. said...

I think that the signing for parents sing along DVD would be great! Thanks!

CJW's folks said...

I'd love to start my little guy with My First Signs

agordon10 said...

Flash Cards Set 5: ABC Signs

These would be great for my three-year old

Jen said...

My daughter loves Signing Time. She talks about Leah and Alex all the time, and will periodically say something like "Leah signs 'shoes'" while making the sign as we put on her shoes. I think the board books would be really useful to us because she'd enjoy "reading" them to herself (and anything she can do on her own is going to be really important this fall when baby #2 arrives!).

additionproblems [at] gmail [dot] com

peekab00 said...

Flash Cards Set 1: My First Signs

Heather Brandt said...

I think the Baby Signing Time DVD Gift Set and the CDS that are related to it would be beneficial for the toddler we are adopting from Russia. I think the products could help us to communicate with each other as our little one adjusts to life with a family and to a new language.

heatherlbrandt (at) verizon (dot) net

Our adoption story is at www.russianblessings.wordpress.com

Feener said...

the dvd's would be so useful. my daughter is in speech therapy and these would be sooo helpful
feener44atgmaildotcom

poligal said...

I think Signing Time is a wonderful tool for teaching kids to sign. We have been teaching our little one to sign since he was just a couple months old. My son would love any of the Signing Time dvds. We have seen a couple of the Signing Time shows on tv. He really likes to imitate the children in the videos signing. THANKS!

mverno said...

first time signing

CRISTINA said...

I have been trying to get a group of moms together to discuss and trade signing tips. It would be great to be able to share resources too since we dont have anything yet.

The Baby Signing time Gift Set sounds perfect. Has two DVD's and two CD's.

Thanks
-Cristina
CRISFROG@VERIZON.NET

Reiza said...

We LOVE the ST DVD's. I was introduced to them when my twins were 2 and they are by far the best DVD's we've watched.

I've never tried the other products (other than the CD's), but we have 1-12 in the DVD collection (regular ST) and they're wonderful.

Anita said...

the Baby signing time series would be great for baby and me!

Mary512 said...

I would love a copy of my first signs. I think it would be very useful for my daughter to learn sign language. Great giveaway, thanks!

Mary512 said...

Blogged ya:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/05/win-signing-time-flash-cards.html
Thanks again!

Danielle said...

My son lhas 2 of the videos on VHS but I'd like to get them all on DVD for him!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Danielle said...

I'm also a subscriber!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

kamewh said...

I think the flash cards would be very useful! Thank you for the giveaway!

Sarah Berry said...

The DVD "Baby Signing Time Volume 1" would be most beneficial to me because while I want to teach my daughter sign I'm unsure of how to start. Thank you for the giveaway.

Sarah Berry said...

I blogged this giveaway at
http://breasmommy.blogspot.com/2008/05/giveaways.html

Sheri said...

I think the flash cards would be great since I can't get my son to sit still long enough to watch an entire video.

Missy said...

I have been signing a handful of words with both my older girls since they were infants. Both of them were always very attentive while I signed to them, but until we started watching 'Baby Signing Time' they hadn't really attempted as many signs on their own. I really think the engaging DVD helped. The music is upbeat and the songs are catchy. The repetition is an effective teaching tool for babies. I can't wait to start signing with my youngest 3 month old baby girl. We haven't watched the original series so I am unable to compare them, but I am positive that we will be investing in some more of these DVDs as our family becomes more sign savvy. We would love to win the flash cards. I know my older girls (ages 3 & 5) would enjoy them. Thanks so much!

Chic Shopper Chick said...

I would love to have the My First Signs DVD. I started teaching my daughter a few signs when she was 6 months old and she started doing them back in November. Now we use 3 -- more, eat, and milk. I would love to learn more -- thanks for introducing me to this!

windycindy said...

Hello! I would start with Baby Signing Time: Volume I: "My First Signs" DVD!" Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jenna said...

I'd love to get all the DVDs... my daughter loves to sign, but learned with a different series. I've always wanted to get her this one, too.

Lilith Silvermane said...

I love the board book gift set. This way, even when I'm not around, or she is with her caretaker or her father, she can sit down and look at her board books, and slowly start to associate that with signing!

Grateful Gramma said...

Any of the DVDs would be great, especially My Day and My House. My granddaughter has learned some sign at church but I'd love for her to become fluent in sign.

Sharon said...

My First Signs DVD-We have a friend who is a new mom...and HER best friend has a child with special needs...who signs..it would be wonderful for her to be able to teach her son how to communicate with his friend...a great prize. THANKS

Kari said...

The flash cards would be most helpful to us. Thanks!

Scrappy Do said...

Flash Cards Set 1: My First Signs

Piseco said...

I'd love to get Volume 12: Time to Eat. My daughter has an insatiable appetite and right now only signs "eat" "more" "banana" and "cookie" at meal time. It would be great if she had signs for more specific foods. Thanks for the contest!

Michelle ~ [ real neat ] said...

I have to choose a favorite product? Impossible! I absolutely LOVE all the Signing Time products, though I definitely would love to purchase the DVD sets!

Sarah S said...

we have the DVDs, so the flash cards would be great! thanks!

sarah2405 at hotmail dot com

ticole96 said...

I think some of the "my first signs" flash card sets would be useful b/c the kids don't know many signs and it would help them learn!

ticole96(at)msn(dot)com

Becca said...

We checked out the Baby Signing Time Vol. 2 DVD from the library and my daughter (who usually shows no interest in tv) was fascinated by it. I'd love to get either Vol. 1 or 2 for her to watch when I need a break. beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

Allison said...

I've heard about these but never seen them. I'd love to win the DVD's...especially "Helping Around the House" The only sign he knows is "milk" but he's got that one down pat!

royaldixie said...

I would really like the Baby Signing Time DVD Gift Set. I have a 10 week old and I can't wait to introduce him to sign language! THANKS!

royaldixie@charter.net

laura said...

Great products! Looks like they have a lot of different resources based on your level and best learning style. I think 'my first signs' DVD would be the most beneficial at this point, because we're starting from scratch. I actually took ASL in college, so I'm hoping it would all come back to me! But my husband wont want to feel left behind, so the plan would be to start from the beginning, and work up as a family. laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

jeske_posse said...

I usually really like books b/c they are easy for me to quickly reference. However, I think the DVDs would be more helpful to me b/c I can watch someone doing the signs and make sure that I'm doing them correctly.
jenni_aja at hotmail dot com

SJ said...

We love The Signing Time in our house! And because we've had the video's for quite a while, I think the flashcards would benefit us greatly! I didn't even know they had these available...

sj1026(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I love Signing Time with Alex and Leah...Rachel, and Hopkins! My kids have really been little sponges to Signing...and Signing Time has been the reason! I would love to get the flash cards...we don't have those! I also would love to own all the dvd's of Signing Time and Baby Signing Time...we have the first gift set (1-3).

Thanks for the chance to win!!

sharvey(AT)connections-etc(DOT)net

valmg on A Contest Blog said...

Long term the dvds would help us most but short term the flash cards would provide a great start while remaining affordable. I really want to try these with my son who was just fitted with a hearing aid.
I blogged the giveaway on A Contest Blog at http://acontestblog.com/index.php/2008/seven-dogs-and-a-baby-signing-time-giveaway/

Sherry G said...

I think the "everyday signs" flash cards would be most useful to my daughter and I. we've already covered the basics, but she has an unbelievable thirst for learning sign language, so the more we can add to our repertoire, the better.

disarray at onebox dot com

Erica G said...

I have previously heard that teaching your child sign language helps them learn better later on in life. I don't know how true it is, but I would like to give my baby every advantage I can. I think the Baby Signing Time DVD set would be most beneficial to my family. Thanks for the great contest.

egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

Jen Mc said...

I'd like the My First Signs DVD too. I've been trying to teach my son signs for a couple months now, so maybe a DVD would help.

alyssasmommy2007 said...

I would really love to give my daugther the baby signing time dvd gift set I am trying to teach my daughter how to sign to communicate with me now and this would be wonderful

chickeedee_2002(at)yahoo(dot)com

arbrashears said...

I have been looking at these products and this company since I first became pregnant with my daughter, born this past January. Looking at their items, I'd love to get the entire collection! I llike that the site has ways of determining what might be the best choices for you based on why you want to teach your child to sign. After looking at that, I'd most likely want to begin with Baby Signing Time Volume 1 and 2 DVD's.

arbrashears(at)msn(dot)com

NateAndJakesMom said...

I think that the flash cards would be great because we currently have many of the episodes on our TiVo and my Jakey loves Rachel!

Julie D said...

The flash cards would be awesome. I work in early intervention, and we often teach our children signs.

Dolly said...

i'd love the vol. 1 signing times video. i've been just using basic associations with my son since he was 4 months old. now, at 6 months, i think he'd have the attention-span for a video, and it'd help the learning process along.

PiesBonitos said...

We've never used any of their products, so I guess we'd start with the first DVD.

Carrie
mountainrailway at gmail dot com

Sharon D. said...

This would be so awesome to have. Please enter me in your generous giveaway! I would have to say that the DVDs and Flash Cards would probably be most beneficial to me. Thanks again! Sharon D.
zokiemichael(at)sisna(dot)com

Alexia said...

I think the flashcards would work the best for my family. My boys are baby-sat alot by nursery workers and various family members and it would be great if they could actually recognize what the boys are signing :)

Brooke said...

Because I need to actually see hands move to help my daughter learn, I'd like the DVDs.

chromiumman said...

i think the flash cards would work best for my family

fancyfeet48 said...

I would love to have the My First Signs DVD

Jinxy & Me said...

Baby Signing Time Vol 1 would be a great place to start!

jaydonco1 said...

I think the flash cards are great cause they'll go anywhere my baby goes!

jaydonco1 (at) aol (dot) com

chrissycrue100 said...

My daughter is doing great with the signs I have taught her but I don't know very many signs! The Baby Signing Time Volume 1 AND 2 look like they would be very helpful for her continuing signing education.

Constance said...

Actually I love the flash cards. My 4 month old granddaughter is being taught baby signs and is already using signs like "more" and "bottle". I think having the flash cards would be a good way to involve all the members in my family in getting her used to signing.

stanza_rae2005@yahoo.com

penguin28 said...

I like the Everyday Signs VHS because it can really help teach your children to communicate in a different way.

renee
penguinchick@comcast.net

mary said...

the flash cards - they can go anywhere

Kristinia said...

I want to teach my 14 month old son sign and our upcoming baby girl!

Kristinia said...

Your posted on our bloggy sidebar , for my 2nd entry in the contest!

Miranda said...

Flash Cards

bndraldy said...

Who wouldn't love the Signing Time Full Collection? On the more practical side, the Board Book Gift Set - Books 1-3 would be wonderful and could be taken anywhere. Thanks for the chance to win!

blueviolet said...

I'd start with the flash cards because they're perfect to pull out at appointments or while waiting to eat somewhere,etc.

Emilie said...

I'd love either the flash cards or board book. My 20 month old loves signing time and I plan to use it later with my newborn. We have volumes 1-3 as well but it is the older version, not the revised version. I have to admit that I've seen the newer versions on PBS and I really like the old ones better. The bummer is only volumes 1-3 is in the old format. I think if I had only seen the new version I would be fine but I love the old version because it is more simple and features the kids more than Rachel herself. It is before "hopkins" time. Anyone else have a chance to see the first version?

Taryn said...

We love the DVDs too. I think the flash cards would be the perfect companion!

Anonymous said...

Love the First Signs Card of the Flash Cards; Many Thanks SW

Noggy said...

The youngest member of our clan is just under 7 months old so the Volume 1: My First Signs DVD would be just the ticket.

Susanne said...

Board Book Gift Set - Books 1-3..what a great site and excellent items!

masonsgranny59 said...

all would be useful.i think its smart to learn your baby as much as they can contain.

rosannepm said...

My first signs-a good way to communicate
rosans4@comcast.net

donna444444 said...

The flash cards would be great for my kids.

donna444444 said...

The flash cards would be great for my kids.

thehuffs said...

My baby and I watch this show all the time! We love it! I like the Signing Time 123 Super Starter Kit.

lilyk said...

The Board Book 1: My First Signs would be most useful because it would be a good introduction to sign language.

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