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|My Baby Can Talk - First Signs|
Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational
Inspiring early language development - from simple gestures to first spoken words. My Baby Can Talk - First Signs is designed to be baby's first introduction to preverbal communication and teaches American Sign Language... more »
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Michelle S. from PERU, IN
Reviewed on 4/28/2012...
I have used this video with my three kids and it is nearly worn out! We really love it and all the kids have learned from it!
Excellent DVD, fascinating for babies, easy to learn signs
Monica Beyer | St. Joseph, MO United States | 07/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am an experienced signing parent, having signed with my second son and am currently signing with my 20-month-old daughter. I have seen many signing videos over the last four years, both as a parent and as a professional in the baby signing industry. Upon viewing My Baby Can Talk? - First Signs DVD for the first time, I was very impressed for a number of reasons.
For starters, the movie itself is extremely engaging. I have my own little group of testers here in the house (three children) and I gauged their reactions carefully. My little girl, the youngest at 20 months, watched it the whole way through the first time with me by her side. She was able to connect the signs with the images on the screen quite easily with a little help from mom and genuinely enjoyed the footage of the animals the best (the panda having a snack is her favorite). I have not seen my daughter love a movie as much as she loves this one. She wants to watch it every day.
I also thought that it is really great to show both an adult as well as a baby signing every sign. This is helpful in more than one way - children get to see another child in their age group signing and they also get to see the sign signed with more precision by an adult. The repetition in the movie is perfect as well as the variety of images shown. It really reinforces the sign.
Love the classical music score, love the images, love the variety of signs ... all in all, 5 stars!"
It's a pretty good DVD, but there are definitely better ones
Chilling Out | Canada | 01/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have many different sign language DVD's for babies and have to say that this is not one of my favourites, though it is a cute little DVD.
-It is wonderful to see the baby doing the signs. It is so important for parents to see what signs look like on little hands so they know what to look for from their own baby.
-It uses ASL signs - ASL signs are not too difficult for babies and have so many benefits to using them over using made up signs like "Baby Signs" uses in their videos.
-Many of the ASL signs used in this video are ones I rarely see used. In ASL there are some variations of signs used that will differ regionally, but this video seems to pick ones for some of the signs on the video that I haven't seen used on any other DVD or in any ASL dictionary I have.
-The woman who does the signs has little to no facial expression when signing. Just the same smile throughout. Even with babies I think using facial expression when signing is so important to them understanding the meaning behind many of the signs. ASL is a lively language so I wish the instructor livened it up a bit and was more expressive.
-This DVD just didn't keep my own children's or my daycare children's attention for long at all. About the only thing that really caught their attention on this video was the little SHOE ditty.
If you are looking for a DVD for babies 6-36 mths. I highly recommend The Treasure Chest: Toys and Signs. If you are looking for a great DVD series for children 18-24 mths. and up I would highly recommend the Signing Time series."
Really captures baby's attention
HeartbeatHalo | Seattle, WA | 09/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter started to watch this video when she was 10 months old. Within just two viewings, she was signing back to us her first sign. We were thrilled. We love that the video contains a lot of animals, because in everyday life she encounters many animals, especially in all the books we read together. She really enjoys signing the various animals as we turn the pages. By 12 months she was signing everything in the video back to us, and now at 16 months, she signs and speaks all the words in the video. We love that the video is so well produced. The music, and video quality is A+, and really captures our daughter's attention. She will sit and watch the entire video (gives mom a chance to fold a load of laundry or take a shower!). My husband and I took a few signing classes and got a signing book, but we found it difficult to remember to use the signs in everyday life. But since the first viewing, our daughter looks to our hands for signs when we are talking. She is really eager to learn more and more signs, so in turn, we have dusted off the book and been to websites to find more and more as she really has learned to communicate with us. She now knows more than 75 signs, and it is all because we watched this video to lay the foundation for learning signs."