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, and having just completed show #52 for this special summer camp, it’s the first time I’ve completely lost my voice.  And I mean completely.  Not a sound will come out. So of course I’m signing all the time… but only one or two people here understand me somewhat, and they’re not in my program! If everyone learned sign language as babies and young children, we’d all be able to communicate regardless of having our voices, having our mouths full, being across the playground, in the library, or through a window.  So I’ve been teaching it a bit – but really would love it if everyone here (and everywhere) spoke sign language!  Join us at Baby Fingers so you can learn – classes for adults, families, kids of all ages.

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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:  https://www.mybabyfingers.com/our-story/ 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

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

According to Martin Seligman and John Tierney in the May 19th NY Times Sunday Review, humans are not built to live n the moment. “What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: we contemplate the future,” and “the power of prospection is what makes us wise.” The authors… Continue Reading

Music Therapy

MUSIC THERAPY – what is it? There are many ways to define it. It’s an allied health profession, it’s a creative art therapy… “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (AMTA,… Continue Reading

Rainy Days and Mondays

Do you find yourself singing the Carpenter’s “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” on days like today?  (if you’re anywhere in or near NYC, you know it happens to be a rainy Monday). Have you noticed feeling down during the winters and better when the spring comes in earnest? It may be worth… Continue Reading