Alex, Leah, their frog Hopkins, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs for family members, feelings, and things outside. Created for ages 1-8 but enjoyed by all! Available only on DVD. Close-Captioned. Approximate run tim... more »e: 30 minutes, plus special features. Family, Feelings & Fun includes the following original songs, written by Rachel Coleman: Signing Time Theme In A House Beautiful Day Feelings We've Got Love Special Features Sign Review - Forming Sentences - Initializing - Word Order. ASL Signs ASL signs taught in this DVD: Home - Family - Brother - Sister - Son - Daughter - Uncle - Aunt - Cousin - Tree - Wind - Leaf - Grass - Cloud - Rain - Snow - Coat - Boots - Gloves - Hat - Feelings - Grumpy - Surprise - Silly - Scared - Excited - Sick - Love. And if you pay close attention, you ll also see and learn these additional signs: Singing - Time - Dancing - Laughing - Playing - Favorite - Signing - Lot - Everyone - Start - Today - Come - Meet - - Find - Different - Share - Day - Mom - Dad - Grandpa - Grandma - Bugs - Spider - Butterfly - Tired - Proud - Sad - Happy - Class - Team - Group - House - Want - Milk - Please - Share - Train - Class - Group - Team - Red - Car - Look.« less
Teresa Linton | Woodbridge, Va United States | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The *theme song* isn't as catchy as it used to be (they changed a few of the words and slowed it down) and are only 1/2 hour long, per volume, but other than that the new videos are every bit as good as the first three... and the other songs are all wonderful.
They've added a cartoon character named Froggy, who acts a lot like the puppets in "Baby Einstein", introducing each new theme.
The new songs won't let those of you down who enjoyed volumes 1-3, and she covers several words in volume 4 such as: "Grandma, Grandpa, Cousin, Aunt, house, home, outside, tree, grass, leaf, clouds, rain, snow, hat, coat, boots, gloves, grumpy, excited, surprised, afraid, love (and the compound sign "ILY")... and those are just the words I remember.
Rachel's wearing colored paint (latex?) on her hands, which is a bit distracting, but I think the idea was so that the children would be able to tell which fingers she was using.
My three year old is trying to sing one of her new songs even as I type this. LOL I should mention he's speech delayed, and Signing Time has been very instrumental to his language skills. The songs, the children in the videos, and the bright colors all draw him in and get him excited enough to want to share what he's seeing. Getting him to *want* to talk is half the battle, and signing time makes it easy.
Signing Time does it again...
Kei Malone | Western MA | 03/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rachel has such a way of teaching kids to sign and have fun the whole time. There have been signs I've been working with my son for a few years that he showed little interest in. Until we got this volume and suddenly, he started signing them enthusiastically! As with the previous volumes of Signing Time, William (4½) quickly learned all the signs in it. He loves singing and signing along with Rachel, Alex and Leah. I know some parents are concerned that signing might impede their child's speech development, but we have found just the opposite here. William has Trisomy 21/aka Down syndrome and apraxia. Signing Time has helped him with Total Communication~ when his speech hasn't been clear, the signing helps him refine the word. I've found that as he watches Signing Time and the repetition of each new word introduced, William is more apt to repeat the word with greater clarity each time. He loves to go around labeling things he's learned from the videos, and then he wants to know more, more more! This is another must-have for a video library!"
Great ASL Learning Tool
Sherri Rowlands | AVA , IL, USA | 07/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I own the first four volumes of this series and feel that they are excellent resources for teaching young children to communicate effectively. My four-year old niece viewed them once and was using the signs very well within minutes. Reinforcement by other family members kept her using the signs for the full two weeks of her visit and she was teaching her toddler brother to sign as well. My infant granddaughters who are seven and eight months old watched the videos and seemed to be fascinated by the small children on the DVD and the bright colors and music. This series is great for parents and children and makes learning ASL fun. I am planning on purchasing the whole series."
Entertaining and Educational
A. Greathouse | Bay Point, CA United States | 05/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As the mother of twins, one hearing and one deaf, I have had the opportunity to check out many programs for teaching ASL to small children. This is by far the best series out there. Most other products are so boring that parents must struggle to stay awake during the production, and there is no way a toddler would tolerate a viewing. My 2-year-old twins request Signing Time all of the time. At home they want the DVDs playing almost constantly. In the car my hearing daughter starts asking for the Signing Time CD before I even have her strapped into her carseat. My 2-year-old deaf daughter is using 5-sign sentences, which is almost unheard of for the deaf child of hearing parents. My extended family owns a total of 6 sets of Signing Time. Whenever my daughters' cousins have a birthday they ask for the latest Signing Time DVDs. Children of all ages love this product."
Fun and educational series
Rachel | Pearland, TX, USA | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this volume of the Signing Time series. This is the first one I bought, so I don't know about the others. My baby is younger than they recommend using the series for, but she seems to like watching it, and the songs get stuck in my head, so she likes to hear them throughout the day. I like that they teach a lot of signs, and aren't overly cutesy--but just enough for kids to like it."