Last month, Aki started showing keen interest on toothbrushing. Whenever we brushed our teeth, he would come close, ask to be carried and watch us carefully. Then just one day, Aki went near the sink and started rubbing the back of his hand against his lips. Alas! Aki’s first sign! I took that sign as a sign that Aki is ready to learn sign language.
Now at 15 months, he knows the signs for basketball, none/no more, water, milk, book, drivey drivey, dog, toothbrush, wash hands, shoes, eat etc. My favorites are his signs for scared and for thank you. Early this month, we just finished our lunch at Aristocrat. Right after stepping out of the restaurant, he kept tapping his chest (sign for scared). He then pointed his finger at the large Moriones mask that adorned the nearby Christmas tree.
His first phrase/sentence also involved the sign for scared. First he opened his hand as he twisted his wrists (sign for none/no more).He did the sign for scared and then pointed at the torotot. He was trying to say that he is no longer scared of the torotot which he hated last Media Noche. I find this really amazing. His verbal vocabulary is limited to three words (mem for Mummy and iiiz and bhuz for alis (leave) and labas (outside) yet he was able to construct and express a sentence.
I have always been interested in baby sign language. I think I first learned about it from watching Oprah many many years back. When I was pregnant, I came across this book which ignited my interest.
and so when Aki was about 7 months old, I dragged Franco to High Street to attend a Baby Linggo workshop. According to our facilitator, most kids start signing at 8 months. By 11 months, most babies become very receptive.
Not Aki. I started teaching him the sign for milk as soon as the workshop was over but he only learned it last week. The wait and the 2K workshop fee are so worth it, though. Ever since Aki started showing interest and readiness to learn how to sign at 14 months, our house has been filled with more laughter because taking care of the little one is a lot easier now that he can communicate what is in his mind.
You have no idea how proud I am and how my heart just melts everytime Aki signs thank you.