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Baby Sign Language - Children's Songs #1

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 12:55
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
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  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 45 MB
  • Posted: 01/03/2008

This lesson is part of the following series:

Baby Sign Language: Everything You Need (11 lessons, $15.84)
Sing & Sign: Childrens Songs and Alphabet Songs (5 lessons, $5.94)
Songs to Sing & Sign, #1 through #3 (3 lessons, $4.95)

In this lesson you will learn baby sign language to sign along with three traditional children's songs: "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"," Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Children love putting actions to songs, why not teach them ASL signs to use with the songs. This lesson will take you through each song step-by-step and show you the different signs you can use when singing the songs.

Laura is the mother of one of the internet's most famous signing babies and the founder of www.MySmartHands.com, a company that teaches baby sign language classes.

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Laura Berg
Laura Berg
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Baby sign language expert, Laura Berg, teaches baby signing classes and trains other ASL baby sign language instructors through her Toronto-based company, My Smart Hands ( www.mysmarthands.com ). Laura has helped countless parents with their quest to better understand and communicate with their little ones through her baby sign language classes and video lessons.

Laura is certified with the Ontario College of Teachers and was recently awarded with the Ontario Mom Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University level on the topic of using sign language with hearing children. She has delivered workshops to librarians and teachers helping them...

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_grn
too much talking
09/30/2013
~ nbaca

my baby got bored,and lost interest in the video,too much talking and the only thing that he sees is you, I have another video and he likes it there are kids in it doing the signs

Nopic_orng
Very Helpful
01/01/2009
~ Karen209

I found this lesson very helpful. It would also help if pictures accopmanied the video to assist with learning the signs. Thanks Karen209@cox.net

Tina_homepage
That baby is so cute!
04/08/2008
~ Tina

Laura's baby is adorable singing and signing those songs. I liked that she explains you can just do the main signs until you and your baby are ready for more. It makes it fun but not intimidating.

Nopic_tan
Great!
02/12/2008
~ brittanie

This video makes a great bonding and learning exercise with your baby!

Nopic_grn
too much talking
09/30/2013
~ nbaca

my baby got bored,and lost interest in the video,too much talking and the only thing that he sees is you, I have another video and he likes it there are kids in it doing the signs

Nopic_orng
Very Helpful
01/01/2009
~ Karen209

I found this lesson very helpful. It would also help if pictures accopmanied the video to assist with learning the signs. Thanks Karen209@cox.net

Tina_homepage
That baby is so cute!
04/08/2008
~ Tina

Laura's baby is adorable singing and signing those songs. I liked that she explains you can just do the main signs until you and your baby are ready for more. It makes it fun but not intimidating.

Nopic_tan
Great!
02/12/2008
~ brittanie

This video makes a great bonding and learning exercise with your baby!

(Music playing)

Hi. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Laura. I’m a certified teacher and the owner of a company called My Smart Hands, where we teach people how to sign with their babies. In this lesson I am going to be teaching you a few traditional kid songs and the signs that go along with them.

(Baby singing)

The first song I am going to be teaching you is the Itsy Bitsy Spider. And what we will do is we will go through it slowly. I will show you the signs and then we will go back through it. I feel like I should warn you that I am not a very good singer but, we will give it a shot.

What I usually do is I sign little for itsy bitsy. And I think other people sign tiny or mini or whatever you want to sign, you can sign. But I am just going to show you little for now. So the sign for little is like this. It is like you are moving your hands in. So the itsy bitsy spider. So that is the sign for spider. And you may have seen it in my animal lesson plan, so it is like that.

So what you are doing is you are going to link your baby fingers so it looks like a spider. So the itsy bitsy spider went up the water, and water is your W hand, shaped like that, so you are taking a drink at your lips, went up the water spout. Down came the rain, you are just moving your hands down, the rain, and washed. Now for washed in this song it is sort of threw the spider out. It didn’t wash as in bathing or washing. It threw the spider out. So that is what I usually sign. I sign the sign for throw, like that.

But if you want to do the actual sign for wash, it’s your two A hands, like that. Just washing around like that. Wash. Or throw. Washed….the spider….out. So you put your hand in a flat O like that, put your other hand in and pull it out. Washed the spider out. Out came the sun. Now you use your C hand shape there up at your forehead and move it up. Out came the sun and dried, so to dry as you move your hand across your mouth like that, and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. So sign for again. Okay?

So when you are singing it, you don’t have to sign every single word in the song. What you can do is, as you can get more as you get comfortable with it. So what we will do is, I will take you through it. We are going to sing it and we will just sign one sign per line. So let’s try that. So what we are going to do is we are just going to sign spider for the first one.

So, the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

See, when you are first teaching kids how to sign a song it is good to just teach them one sign per line because it is a little hard for them to change from one sign to the other if they are back to back words.

So when you are beginning, once they are comfortable with that, then add in more signs. So you might want to do, the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. And then the next time you do it, or after they get comfortable with it, you do the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Okay, let’s put that one all together. So it will look something like this:

(Singing) The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

So again, it is up to you what signs you choose to use. Pick the ones that you are comfortable with and then just add more as you get more comfortable with them.
So the next song I am going to teach you is Baa Baa Black Sheep. So it goes baa baa black, you take your index finger and you rub it across your eyebrows so you are almost indicating a unibrow.

Baa baa black sheep, what you do is you take as though you are holding the sheep. You take your index and your middle finger and you run it as though you are sheering it or shaving it, like that. So baa baa black sheep have you any wool? Yes. That is the sign for yes if you are shaking your head. Yes, sir, and for sir we are going to sign man. Man is, you touch your forehead like this and then you touch down on your chest.
So, yes sir, yes sir, three – and for the number three, in the sign language, you use it this way, because if you did it this way that is actually the number six. So, three bags full. And full, you have your fist like that and you’re indicating it is a cup and you can’t put anything else in there, it’s full. So three bags full. One for my master. For master we will sign man again. And one for my dame. Woman, remember in a previous lesson we said that all of the female signs are down below the nose and all the male signs are done above the nose? So woman is like that. Man and woman.
So, one for my master, one for my dame, and one for the little boy, where you can sign little, boy, who lives. Now the sign lives I’ve seen done two ways. With your L-hand shape like that, going up your chest. So where you live. Lives down the lane. Or you can use your, sort of your A-hand shapes like that. So it depends on what area you live in it is up to you. Lives down the lane. So just indicating a road. Lives down the lane.

So you then just repeat it. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full. So again, with this song, what you can do is you can sign one sign per line to begin with and then add them as you go along. So you could sign baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full. One for my master, one for my dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full. So it is up to you what signs you want to sign. So we will do it again together as a whole. Okay, let’s try that one together.

(Singing) Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full. One for my master, one for my dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir. Yes, sir . Three bags full.

Okay, so go ahead and practice that and soon you will become an expert.

The next song I am going to teach you is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

And for the sign twinkle, twinkle what I do is I sign shine. You take your index finger on your dominant hand and place it on your non-dominant hand like that and you wiggle it up, like that. So twinkle, twinkle little star. Now star you point your two index fingers up at the sky like that. So star. How I wonder. So you just take you index finger and you move it around your head like you are thinking about something. How I wonder what you are. Up above – so you are indicating something is above. The world – so you’re two W-hands like that and you circle it around like the rotation of the earth. The world so high. Like a diamond. Now for like you can do similar, that’s the same. Like a diamond. So your D-hand shape like that and you touch it where your engagement ring would go. So, like a diamond in the sky. Now what you do is you move your hand above your head like that, just showing the sky. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are. So again, just pick the signs that you want to sign and then add more as you get more confident. Okay so you don’t have to sign every single word. When you are signing twinkle, twinkle little star, it might look a little something like this at first.

(Singing) Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are.

Okay, so let’s put it all together now.

(Singing) Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are.

So now what I suggest is go back and just practice those songs and hopefully you will pick them up in no time.

I hope your enjoyed this lesson and, as always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to send me an email. Thanks for watching.

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