We actually managed to capture one of Hazel's first sign language successes with Ryan's iPhone last night. It is, of course, a sort of loose interpretation of a technical "more", but as the tired parents of a baby who mostly just shouts to get what she wants, this was cause for much celebration!
When I mentioned last week that we were attempting to teach her sign language a few of you asked if there were any books on the subject that I'd recommend. We don't use any big thick adult books, but we did enjoy reading My First Signs with Oliver when he was a little guy. Before he could enjoy the book himself (when he was Hazey's age), we used it as a reference for the basic signs we wanted to teach him.
Once he was a bit older, we loved the Signing Time dvd series. (It actually made an appearance in my "Favorite Things of 2008" post). We borrowed them from the library and he learned so many signs by watching those videos. We'd be talking about lizards and he'd bust out an L-shaped lizard and have it skitter up his arm (the sign for lizard) out of no where. We were duly impressed.
Really though, those videos are for kids who are already communicating anyhow. We like to use sign language with our kids when they're tiny so that they can communicate with us before they have it together verbally.
And to anticipate the question I expect might follow: No, we didn't notice any lag in Oliver's verbal skills because he used sign language as a baby. Though we did notice that he used his hands a lot when he talked once he learned real words. :)
Do any of y'all use sign language with your kiddos? Any books you can recommend for kids or adults?