I use to sign ALL THE TIME with my oldest boys when they were younger. I also had a few deaf friends who would come and hang out... so it was more applicable. It wasn't just a "game" we played, it was a real language we used!
It was funny- because I signed to my friend, "Yeah, I sign to my oldest.. but he never signs back." I left the room to grab the baby who was waking up from a nap and when I came back my deaf friend was laughing... she said, "As soon as you left the room he started signing to me!"
She explained some kids are like that. He knew I didn't need to use it- so he didn't sign to me. It is really common with kids who have one hearing and one deaf parent... they only sign to the deaf parent- even if BOTH parents sign to him.
So recently- a mom asked me to teach her family sign language- they have a 2 year old born without an ear. I agreed to help out - but wanted to find a DVD series that they could watch to practice on their own. I LOVE THESE DVD's! They are so colorful and fun! I love that they have the image, the written word, the verbal word AND the sign. All my boys have enjoyed them!
Since I started interpreting again- and they've met a few deaf people in our small community- by boys are interested in learning to sign.
Last Sunday- we had a "voices off" morning. How pleasantly quiet it was..
My youngest son has been watching the DVD's and not really signing along. If I saw him try.. I would sign with him .. and he would disengage... run off and play. So I didn't know how much he was learning.
THEN just TWO DAYS AGO! I went to pick him up from preschool and in a different class- The special- Special Ed class... I recognized a deaf woman- picking up her son. I went over to say Hi-- etc... and my youngest walks up... signs "Hi, my name is Heath" (a name sign for Heath I had given him.) The woman was pleasantlysurprised.
She introduced herself... he was more interested in her son (who was the same age).
But I was FLOORED! This son is going to preschool for speech- and he - without hesitation walked up to a stranger and introduced himself!
She knows I sometimes work as an interpreter and she was so impressed I was teaching my kids. (ehem... I didn't tell her I wasn't! That all I did was plopped him in front of the TV and let the DVD teach him!)
The series is a little expensive. Checking them out from the Library is challenging- they always have a HUGE waiting list! I LOVE this idea of a video a month! What a great way to learn a new language! I love her songs too...
Just an over all- great product! (and it really works!)