Class Descriptions

My Smart Hands™ Level I
These classes run in either 4 or 6 week sessions. In each session you will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/ caregivers and babies.

In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, books and songs.  You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

All of our classes include a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of the songs included in the book. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!

These classes are also 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/ caregivers and babies.

My Smart Hands™ Level II (For families who have gone through level 1)
These classes are designed for graduates of My Smart Hands™ Level 1 class or for infants with basic ASL comprehension. These classes run in either 4 or 6 week sessions. In each session you will learn over 100 signs to use with your child.  Classes are 45 minutes in length.

We will review signs learned in My Smart Hands™ Level 1 and continue to build our signing vocabulary. Themes covered in class include: people, food, animals, emotions, opposites, weather and color signs.

All of our classes include a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of songs included in the book. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!

My Smart Hands Level 3
These classes are designed specifically for preschoolers, ages 3-5.  The instructor teaches directly to the children, and parents and caregivers act as “teacher’s aides” during the class, helping the children with in-class songs and activities.  Children do NOT need to have taken Levels 1 and 2 to join this class; however, children who have gone through the first two Levels will be slightly ahead of children who haven’t taken them.  These classes run in 8-week sessions.  You will learn over 100 signs, as well as sing songs and read books not learned in Level 1 or 2.  Classes are 45 minutes in length.  Weekly themes covered in class include life together, shapes, questions, days of the week, clothes, community helpers, places we go, and sports.

Cost: 8-week class: TBD. Cost is per family, not per child.

Level 1 Abbreviated: Four-week Class
**Limit of 10 families**
This 4-week class will focus on four topics (1 per week) from our Level 1 course.  Participants will learn over 30 signs, the ASL alphabet, several songs, and how to read and sign several books. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

Sign and Sing
Young children are active, spontaneous, and creative!  They enjoy singing and dancing to a variety of songs and rhythms.  Children love putting actions to traditional favorites like “Old MacDonald” and “Wheels on the Bus.”  In the 8-week Sign and Sing class, we teach ASL signs for traditional children’s songs, music from the MSH Level 1 CD, as well as personalized songs from our new Name Your Tune CD!  Personalized Name Your Tune CDs use your child’s first name in each song and may be purchased from Name Your Tune at a discount (parents will receive a discount code to enter on the NYT website; purchase of the CD is optional).  We will learn how to sign key words in each song, play games, and read books.  Most importantly, we will laugh and have FUN!

Cost: 8-week class: $130. Cost is per family, not per child.

Moms Groups
Do you have a group of moms who want to take a signing class but can’t find a location to suit your needs? You may be interested in hosting your own class! All you need are four moms to hold a class.

Private Instruction
Interested in setting up private instruction for yourself and your baby, or your family members? We can run a private session for you in your home. This is a 4 week session and can include any family members you would like to include.

Create Your Own Class!
Do you want to join a class but none on my current schedule work for you? Do you have a group of four or more families who want to learn baby sign language? Then create your own class! YOU decide what day, time, and location work best for your group. Get all the benefits of a Level 1, Level 2, or Sign and Sing class at YOUR convenience!

Cost:
Levels 1 and 2:
8-week class: $150 ($120 class fee plus $30 manual fee). Cost is per family, not per child.
Sign and Sing:
8-week class: $130. Cost is per family, not per child.