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Signing Time! Volume 1 My First Signs
Signing Time! Volume 1

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Presents 18 basic American Sign Language (ASL) signs to your family in a memorable way.

About Signing Time
We have been ASL advocates ever since Pearl was a baby and we saw firsthand the benefits of teaching sign language to a baby. ASL opens up a world of communication not only for the deaf, but also for pre-verbal infants, toddlers, and children with special needs, like those with Autism and Down Syndrome-all of whom may be able to hear, but may not yet be able to communicate with speech. Over the past eleven years we have sampled and sold a variety of ASL materials, most aimed at an older child or parent. They are good and serve their purpose well, but miss the mark as far as kid-appeal. As soon as we saw our first Signing Time! DVD we knew it had both kid-appeal and educational value.

A Family Project
The history of the Signing Time! DVDs is nearly as appealing as the DVDs themselves. When Rachel Coleman, a professional singer, found out that her first-born, Leah, was deaf, she and her husband began to learn sign language together, completely immersing themselves in the silent speech that would enable them to communicate with their young daughter. Over time Rachel realized that while they could understand Leah, others could not, including Leah's cousins. So, using Leah, her cousin Alex, and a host of other children, Rachel and her sister Emilie made a music video to teach signs to the children in Leah's extended family. That project has expanded now to dozens of DVDs. And not only has Leah benefited, so has her younger sister Lucy, whose cerebral palsy has made communication apart from ASL difficult.

Including Children Makes the Difference
Why do these DVDs work better than others? I think, and many parents have confirmed, that it is the inclusion of many children that makes the difference. Seeing other children signing and enjoying the process encourages the reluctant child to experiment and learn this new skill.

Read, Hear, and See the Sign
Since the release of the first DVD in 2002, the quality of the production has improved slightly. If you get more recent DVDs you'll notice a bit of difference, but the basics remain the same. On each DVD you see the word, you hear it spoken, and then you see Rachel clearly teaching each sign, followed by a vast array of children practicing the sign. I am a nut when it comes to children so I really like watching these little-bitty children signing and enjoying themselves. I also like the inclusion of special needs children in a production-so appropriate! There is a lot of animation and live-action to make sure a young child plainly understands the meaning of the sign.

A Tool, Not Just Entertainment
If your family is very conservative in nature, you may not like the catchy secular songs, dancing, or attire on these DVDs, but before you totally rule them out, there is an option on the DVD menu that allows you to watch the signs only. In fact, regardless of where you sit on the conservative spectrum, watching “signs only” is a prudent option. Most children do not benefit from unlimited media, so we would encourage you to watch “signs only” and save the complete program as an occasional treat. And what a treat! These children are absolutely captivating.

Signing Time Volume 1 - My First Signs DVD includes the following signs:
Eat, Milk, Water, Ball, More, Bird, Cat, Dog, Fish, Car, Airplane, Want, Shoes, Flower, Mom, Dad, Baby, Sleep

  • Run Time: Approx. 30 min
  • Format: Closed Captioned DVD
  • Ages: 0-5, yet fun for all!

    Publisher's Information
    Copyright: 2002
    ISBN: 8-23860-00004-7
    Publisher: Two Little Hands Productions

    Made in the USA!

  • Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Excellent Videos!!! October 3, 2011
    Reviewer: Heather from Madison, FL United States  
    My oldest just turned two and we have been teachig her basic signs like: more, again, finished, ect.. Since before she could talk. But this Signing Time Vol 1 video has been an amazing addition to the signes she already knew. The video is cheerful, colorful, engaging, and all the while she is learning these new signs that she can use in her everyday life like milk, dog, eat and more!
    She usually asks to watch Mickey Mouse when she wakes up every morning but since I have introduce her to this video she now asks for Signing Time instead. She wants to watch it a few times a day some days. She is even trying to sing the songs. And now after only seeing it for a few weeks is showing off the signs she knows to friends and family. I can't wait to get the next DVD!

    Also her 6 month old sister loves watching the show. She will squirm and wiggle till she can see the TV if it's on and will sit and watch it almost the entire time! Like I said before.. Very entertaining, even to babies!

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    At 4 years of age now, she is so far advanced... December 15, 2010
    Reviewer: Scott & Annette C. from Waukesha, WI  
    We began using the Signing Time video series when our daughter with Down Syndrome was only one.  She is the 9th of our 11 children.  Previous to that, we knew no sign language.  We had heard that teaching little ones with Downs to sign could bridge the gap between their desire to communicate, and their ability to communicate verbally.  To say that we were amazed would be an understatement!!  She wasn't "retarded" as society would have you believe.  She just didn't have the means to "get it out" in a way that we would have been  able to understand without the sign language.  She knew 100's of signs (this is no exaggeration) before she turned 2 years of age, and we never experienced screaming, etc that we had heard about, that we are now sure must come from the frustration that they feel at not being able to "talk" to those around them.    We constantly have "professionals" come up to us when we are out in public, and they can't believe that at only 4 years of age now that she is so far advanced to the adults that they are currently working with.  It truly has been a gift from God!    The videos were created for children to learn with no help from the adults whatsoever.  Even a deaf child could learn to sign as they use the multi-sensory approach in the videos.  Our entire family has learned to sign by watching these fun videos.  This is the only resource, other than a couple of signing dictionaries, that we have used.  It is that good, and that comprehensive.   We can't say enough to praise this product!  Words can't express how much it means to be able to have access into the heart and mind of our daughter, something that we didn't know if we'd have when we first learned of her condition.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    We love Signing Time! October 19, 2010
    Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Buckeye, AZ United States  
    All my children enjoy Signing Time!  I taught all of my children to sign as babies, but the ones that used Signing Time excelled much farther at a younger age than the others.  The videos are very well done and are presented in a way that really makes the signs stick.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    So engaging! October 20, 2008
    Reviewer: Barbara G. from Park Forest, IL  
    Signing Time DVDs are very useful to teach babies and toddlers to aid their communication skills. My first child was a very late talker and trying to communicate with him was frustrating. I also like the DVDs because they are so engaging. For instance, there are young children that model the sign language and fun songs to sign, sing, and dance along to. I still sign to my 3 and 4 year old at church when it's inappropriate to chatter and during meals when I can't talk, I'll just sign!

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    The songs are very catchy and not annoying... October 20, 2008
    Reviewer: Brook B. from Fayetteville, AR  
    These bright and cheerful videos where a smash hit with my all my kids (six and under).  They have watched other signing videos but no others have kept their attention so long.  The songs are very catchy and not annoying for parents ears.  It was great to have kids doing the signs, this helped my kids really related and join in.  The only thing that I would change would be to have a slower paced segment for the kids to practice, but this is where some kids may loose interest so it is hard to tell if that would be worth it.  Overall an excellent product.

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