Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Preschoolers: Learn to Sign!

Did you know that children who know sign language when they're young tend to be better at spelling and have a larger vocabulary when they're older?*

Many of you use baby signs with your children, and we had lots of grown-ups and babies attend our recent Baby Signs classes here at the library.  Now we're offering sign language for preschoolers too!

Unlike their younger baby-signs counterparts, most preschoolers have mastered verbal language.  But their inclination is still to use their body as part of their communication, and using sign language can help them do that.  For many kids, especially children who prefer to learn kinesthetically, vocabulary and letters are much easier to learn when there's a physical movement attached to it.

So, we're offering a four-week sign language class for preschoolers!  Sessions will be held each Wednesday from May 14 to June 4 at 3:30pm.  (This class was originally scheduled to begin one week earlier, but we've moved it back a week.)  We're bringing in a sign language instructor from WeeHands to instruct your 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds with basic vocabulary and sentences focusing on a range of useful topics.

Registration is required, but there's still lots of space available!  Stop in or call 617-972-6435 to register!

*Zuckerbrod, Nancy. "Start Signing! Why Kids Should Learn Sign Language." Parents Magazine. 2011.

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