Want to know how to become a sign language teacher online…teach baby sign language? It’s actually a great career and you get the opportunity to do so from your home office.
If I had to do it all over again, baby sign language would be taught to my three babies. I think it’s a wonderful thing for babies because it allows parents to communicate with their babies before they can actually talk. Teaching your baby how to sign is physically and cognitively stimulating. It’s a wonderful bonding opportunity for parents and their babies. This eliminates much of the parent and child frustration.
When your baby wants milk, he/she can tell you they want milk. If it’s water that your baby needs, then you will know that exactly. I remember sometimes my babies would kick and scream and it would take some time to figure out exactly what they were trying to tell me. If a baby knows sign language, the baby will use his/her hands to let the parent know exactly what’s going on and what they need. Baby sign language is something every parent should consider for their babies.
Career has always been an important aspect of Chattanooga mother Adele Gant’s life. So, the chance to work from home and teach other mothers was appealing. She will soon be offering baby sign language classes to local parents and children, using the My Smart Hands curriculum. They make it very easy to be a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “My income is not going to be substantial, but it’s more about the love of helping other moms.” Teaching the classes also gives her a sense of purpose, she said.
Gant has always been fascinated by languages. She graduated from the University of Ottawa, a bilingual French/English university, with a bachelor of arts in theater. She learned she was pregnant in 2010 and knew she wanted to teach American Sign Language to her child. Her daughter, Serenity, is now 8 months old and has recently started signing back to Gant.
“Even though she hadn’t been able to sign, we’ve been able to tell she wants something when she gets excited about the sign, especially ‘milk’ or ‘eat,’ which she is very motivated to let us know.” To become an instructor Gant completed an application, interview and certification process and said it helps to have teaching experience and knowledge of American Sign Language, she said.
Instructors pay a fee to My Smart Hands to become certified, as well as a yearly fee. They also pay for the manuals and CDs used in the class. Instructors keep the money earned from the class. “The overhead costs were quite low, which is partly why it is an attractive option,” she said. “There are startup fees to join the company, and then you make your own choices and budgets about your website, marketing, promotional materials, etc.”
Other companies, such as Kindersigns, offer similar business options to stay-at-home mothers. And Kindermusik classes are available at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Cadek Conservatory of Music. Instructors and advocates of teaching sign language to babies said the practice enhances brain and social development and improves communication skills.
It can also decrease temper tantrums and frustration that comes from an inability to communicate, Maria Mitchell, Kindermusik coordinator at Cadek, said. Both Kindermusik and My Smart Hands incorporate music into the sign language curriculum. Research also shows sign language can help with verbal skills, Gant said.
Although some parents have questioned whether sign language could hinder a child’s verbal skills, Gant said she doesn’t know of any research that supports that. Mitchell said recent unstable economic circumstances make it difficult for some people to prioritize and budget for private lessons. But it’s an investment in the future, she said.
The value of teaching a child to love learning and the cognitive benefits of baby sign language are worth the cost, Mitchell said. “It needs to be (a priority),” she said. “Because the hands-on experience and benefits from doing our classes are enormous.” Click here to read the original article.