I always knew I wanted to try and do sign language with my kids. As with many things, the difference between what I imagined while pregnant and what became my actual reality… yeah. I just plain don’t spend big blocks of time every day doing signs with my kids. I don’t have the fluency or ease to just add it into my everyday speaking. And I just apparently didn’t have the mental energy or dedication.
But, still, we took the class together back when the kids were littler, and when we remember, we try to do the signs. Especially once they started trying to mimic a lot of sounds and were clearly picking up on the receptive language front, I tried to do it a bit more. Still, not much.
And then, all of a sudden, Rebecca spontaneously started signing “more” when she wanted to go down the slide again. It’s not that we’d never done the sign with her, but we truly hadn’t been doing it all that much. But there she went. Since then, she’s becoming a signing machine. Among the words she’s picked up recently (at least that I can recognize): more, please, dog, duck, cat, light, daddy, and possibly fish. She also has started waving and saying “hi” whenever I’m on the phone, and she likes to pat Daniel on the head and attempt to say “Daniel.” (Everything she says is pretty much “da da” with slight differences in inflection.)
Daniel, for his part, sticks with the trusty “light.” And he waves, which often looks like and/or turns into “light.” What’s funny is when I’m giving them a snack, I’ll ask if he wants more and I’ll keep doing the sign. Rebecca, already with a mouthful, is frantically signing more and sometimes throws in a “please” for good measure. Daniel just grins and shrieks, which clearly means “hell yes, I want more! Why would I need to do that funny thing with my hands? You already know what I want!” Smart kid.
If I could get my damn video camera to cooperate with my computer, I’d try to get some footage of her signing. But in the meantime, you’ll just have to take my word for it.