Sign Language Animations: 7 Words About Family

Baby Sign Language: Family Members
Why teach children sign language? It helps babies learn to communicate before they can talk, and teaches kids to appreciate a language used by some of the deaf community. Start with these easy signs for family members.

Mommy

1. Spread out the fingers of one hand.

2. Touch the thumb of that hand to the side of the chin several times

Daddy

1. Spread out the fingers of one hand.

2. Touch the thumb of that hand to the side of the forehead several times.

Grandma

1. Spread out the fingers of one hand.

2. Touch the thumb of that hand to the side of the chin.

3. Make two sweeping arcs in front of you with that hand.

Grandpa

1. Spread out the fingers of one hand.

2. Touch the thumb of that hand to the side of the forehead.

3. Make two sweeping arcs in front of you with that hand.

Teach your baby these signs so he can identify each family member personally. Special thanks to Melissa van Wijk, Founder of Signing Up (SigningUpLLC).

Brother

1. Start with your hand open at the side of your forehead.

2. Close that hand, as if you were grabbing the brim of a baseball cap.

3. Meet the index finger of that hand to the index finger of your other hand in front of you, tucking in all other fingers.

Sister

1. Start with the thumb of your hand touching the side of your forehead.

2. Sweep that hand down to your chin.

3. Meet the index finger of that hand to the index finger of your other hand in front of you, tucking in all other fingers.

Baby

1. Cradle your arms, as if holding a baby.

2. Rock arms back and forth.

Long before your baby can say mama, he can learn the word in sign langauge.

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