Author Archives: Lora

Back to School – Back to Work

  We’re officially back to school and back to work – back to washing dishes, grocery shopping and making lunches, back to the crowded subway commute. Summer wasn’t a vacation from work, just different. From mid-June through mid-August I live where I work, directing a musical theater program in the Berkshires with children age 7… Continue Reading

Losing a Pet

My husband and I both grew up with dogs and knew we’d want a pet of some sort as a family. We had also experienced the pain of losing our pet who had been, for each of us, a true best friend… a companion for so many years. I was three when we got Candy… Continue Reading

If Everyone Spoke Sign Language….

I have the pleasure of directing youth musical theater during the summers, working with children ages 8 – 15 on 5 – 6 shows each summer (plus really fun creative drama with 3 – 8 year olds who love to learn ASL!).  But along with that comes strain on my voice. It’s my 9th summer,… Continue Reading

Why Wait to Communicate?!

Research on baby sign language has found that teaching baby signs improved cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond. At Baby Fingers, we teach you signs from American Sign Language that your baby will adapt and modify until able to sign… Continue Reading

Fall Classes at Baby Fingers!

You can still join us this summer in Chelsea – and see our FALL Schedule to plan ahead.  Save your spot in a Baby Fingers class today!! Our site may be best viewed on Google Chrome. Baby Fingers is now 17!! Find out how we got started: Baby Fingers is the Kid Pass Parents’ Choice Award winner for… Continue Reading

Baby Fingers – Not Just for Babies!

Baby Fingers is not just for babies. We offer American Sign Language classes for kids, teens and adults – we offer music lessons and music therapy for people of all ages – we offer parent workshops and professional development for educators – we offer entertainment and edutainment for birthday parties and baby showers … and… Continue Reading

Happy Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  A special shout out to all dads out there, including step fathers, grandfathers, foster dads, moms who are also dads…!!! Enjoy your day.   I’m grateful to have known my dad, though he left this world just as I thought we were truly getting to know each other. As a kid, he… Continue Reading

Learning through Play?

Another NY Times article worth noting – and it seems to align with my last post, with a need to always prepare ahead for the next step in life. There’s a PreK debate – Geometry Lessons vs Fun with Blocks, Free Play or Flashcards? While children truly do learn through play, there’s growing concern that… Continue Reading