We have a noisy house in all the good ways. Conversation and laughter is not a spectator sport in our house. If you are not participating, you are not breathing (or you are seriously ill in some other way).
That being the case, I have always been skeptical of things that would impede the language development of our children. Signing was something that I thought would slow verbal development so I wasn’t excited about it. The reverse is actually the case and when you think about, it makes a lot of sense.
Children can sign before they can speak. If you are waiting for verbal development to allow your children to be expressive and converse, you are delaying their attempts to do so. With signing, they are learning a valuable language, but more importantly they are learning to communicate rather than act out.
Giving your children a voice (the ability to express themselves), even if it is through sign, is one of the most important things you can do for your children in their development. God spoke creation into existence and we are created in His image. We were not intended to mere passengers on the bus. We were intended to give voice to His glory. Teaching them to sign, starts the positive communication at a much earlier stage and studies show that children that sign will have a larger vocal vocabulary than those that do not sign.
Beautiful found a great resource and after looking it over together we decided to give it a try. I must say, it has been wonderful. All of the children enjoy it and Bright Eyes absolutely adores it. At least once a day she will go up to one of the big people in our home and ask for “Baby Signing Time.”