As Alpharetta’s Top Rated Local® preschool and child care service, we’re committed to helping each and every one of our students obtain a quality education that prepares them for further education. One of the many subjects that we include in our creative toddler curriculum is sign language. Teaching toddlers to use sign language is beneficial for many different reasons. In today’s entry, we will look at a few different ways that learning sign language is beneficial for your toddler.
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Why Your Child Needs to Learn Sign Language
One of the major benefits of sign language is that it gives your toddler the opportunity to communicate with you before they have the ability to speak. You will be astonished at how clearly your child will be able to communicate their basic wants and needs once they begin to learn how to sign. This has the added benefit of reducing your frustration and stress as a parent. Children as young as six months old have the motor skills required for signing, but toddlers as young as four months can begin to learn to recognize signs.
As your child grows, it’s highly likely that learning sign language will help them develop a richer vocabulary. We all use our bodies to convey emotions and other aspects of our speech, and sign language helps to develop and refine this skill.
Learning to sign allows your toddler to begin developing their basic logic and reasoning skills much earlier than babies who are not exposed to this skill. This early development will help to give them a head start throughout the rest of their childhood. In fact, numerous studies have shown that early exposure to different languages can help children in a variety of subjects as they progress through school.
Many instructors, ourselves included, have found that teaching children sign language actually helps them improve their classroom behavior. While students are used to raising their hands if they have questions about the material, learning to sign something like “bathroom” can minimize disruptions to the classroom.
Children are very impressionable at a young age, and there’s no better time than right now to begin exposing them to different cultures and languages. When your child learns sign language, they will gain the ability to communicate and empathize with a wide range of people.
Sign language is just one of several subjects that your toddler will be exposed to at our childcare academy in Alpharetta. Contact us today for more program information and to schedule your free tour of our facilities. We hope to hear from you soon!