Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs...

So, have I told you recently that I have the smartest 12 and a half month old on the block?  Yes, it's true! Okay, so I'm his mom, and I would say that even if he couldn't point to his piggies, belly, hands, nose and tongue.  I would even say that if he couldn't make the sounds of a duck, dog, cow, sheep, elephant and lion.  But I have to be honest with you.  He is impressing me!

When he was just starting solid food at around 6 months, I was determined to teach him sign language.  I started with 'more'.  That's all I worked on for weeks and weeks.  Then, I slowly added in 'all done'.  I just knew he would be signing 'more' in less than a month.  When 8, 9, 10 and 11 months rolled around, and he hadn't shown any signs of improvement, I decided it wasn't worth it.  Every once in a while I would sign 'more', and pretty regularly I would sign 'all done', but I basically gave up on my son ever learning sign language.  I wasn't consistent, so I figured he would never catch on.


Just the other morning, during lunch, he did the 'more' sign.  I looked shocked and squealed a little.  He ended up laughing, because I reacted so much.  I gave him more banana, and he was happy! I kept asking him if he wanted more - signing it- and he kept doing it back to me.  I'm not sure if he really wanted more after a while, but every time he did the sign, I would give him more. He even did 'more' and then pointed to the cupboard where I keep the Cheerios!  I was amazed!

Needless to say, every chance I get, I'm teaching him more signs.  He has signed all done, more, milk, eat, and vegetable.  He may not remember them all tomorrow, but we'll keep practicing them every chance we get.  I'm so proud of my little Boozle!!!!

All done
(with two hands, because he started to do 'more' but then fixed it to 'eat')


  1. Yeah . . .good job Jack!!!! (And good job mom!! You're doing fantasitc!!)

  2. oops, fantastic (Guess I'm suppose to proof-read before I post.)

  3. Isn't it amazing how it just suddenly clicks? It's a blessing to watch the miracle of a mind developing!

  4. My sister taught my first nephew to sign like this. It was so exciting first time I experienced it because I didn't expect such a young child to be able to communicate like that!

  5. awesome! we tried half-heartedly to teach signs, but Little Man wasn't interested. He decided to try to say the words instead. I think the signs would be easier to understand!


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