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Archive for 2009

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

From myself and all the teachers here at Australian Baby Hands, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

It’s been a wonderful year for me personally to look back on, with a definite highlight being getting married to my partner Gary back in March.

I hope that you get to take some time to reflect back on your year and look at all the good things that have happened.

I know that many of you will have become parents for the first time and also many of you will become parents for the first time in 2010 which is very exciting.

I look forward to hearing more of your baby signing stories next year and hope that you and your family’s have a safe and happy festive season.

Happy Signing and best wishes

Jackie

Christmas Specials – Last Chance

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Just a very quick post to let you know that you only have a few days before our Christmas special offer finishes.

If you enter “christmas09” into the discount coupon section of the shopping cart then you will receive 10% off your order of any Australian Baby Hands product.

(see here for instructions if you have any trouble)

This includes our great big cuddly Sammy the Signing Bear who we have just got back in stock just in time for Christmas.

He makes a great present for your little one and will provide lots of fun on Christmas day as they unwrap their new toy and then you can make Sammy magically come to life by placing your hands into the special sleeves of his jumper.

Hurry up and get your orders in quickly as we only have a few days left to be able to get your order out in the post to try and ensure that you receive it in time for Christmas.

Happy Signing

Jackie

Baby Speech Development

Monday, November 30th, 2009

As a parent of a pre-verbal baby, how do you connect with your little one? You and your baby can make special, real connections by consistently using your own unique ways of communicating which will affirm the love you have for your baby.

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Baby Hands Christmas Themed Class

Friday, November 27th, 2009

With less than a week to go, it will soon be December and the count down to your baby’s first/second/third… Christmas is fast approaching.

I love sharing the joy of Christmas with others.  I’m always one of the first to put up my Christmas tree each year and I start the Christmas carols from early December to help get us in the Christmas mood.

So for this reason, I thought I would share my love of Christmas with you all through our NEW Christmas themed baby sign language class.  This one off class where you combine the FUN of Christmas and the benefits of play with baby sign language is available from all our teachers now.

In or new Baby Hands Christmas class you will:

  • sign and sing your favourite Christmas carols
  • learn signs for your favourite Christmas things
  • get a sheet of Christmas signs for you to take home and practice
  • meet other baby signers  in your local area
  • share in the Christmas spirit

Also, with our special offer if you can get 5 or more of your friends together to attend a Baby Hands Christmas class, as the organiser you will get the Christmas class for FREE!

All you have to do is arrange a class with one of our teachers and bring 5 people from your mothers group, playgroup or other friends and you will get the class for free. Talk to one of our teachers to make the arrangements and they can even come to you if it is within a reasonable distance.

If you are a childcare centre, our teachers can come to you and spread the Christmas joy to your staff and children.  The class will introduce staff to a range of Christmas carols which they can continue to share with the children in the run up to Christmas as well as lots of FUN Christmas activities.

Classes are booking up fast so contact your nearest teacher today.

Apologies to those who are to far outside the current areas that our teachers are in to travel to a class.  We will be starting classes in new areas in other States in the New Year.

If you are interested in becoming a Baby Hands Teacher then please contact us and let us know why you would like to become a Baby Hands Teacher and we will get back to you shortly.

Family Values

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Baby’s learning process takes place mostly in the presence of their parents and families and in environments where they spend most of their time. These people and places take an active part in their development and give them opportunities for exploring. You may find it challenging to create the right type of learning environment for your baby. Here are some ideas that might help you along the way. (more…)

Baby Hands In The Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This was a few weeks ago now but I have only just received a copy of the story that I could post here in the blog.

The Daily Telegraph called about doing a feature on Baby Sign Language and came round to ask me a few questions and take some pictures. If you didn’t see the article you can read it by clicking on the image.

Happy Signing

Jackie

Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo Melbourne 2009

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

It’s that time again for another Pregnancy, Babies and Childrens Expo and this one will be in Melbourne on the 16th – 18th of October (at least my partner is happy this year its not on his birthday like last time).

We will be there over the whole weekend and would love to see you there if you are popping in.

You can get a free ticket for the show here and we will be on stand number D24 which is located in the middle right, near the Imaginative Play Corner.

Do make sure you print off your free ticket and bring it with you as it costs $16 on the door on the day to get in if you do not have one.

  • VENUE    The Melbourne Exhibition Centre  Southbank
  • DATES     Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October 2009
  • TIMES     Friday 10am – 4pm (last admission 3pm)
    Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
  • ADMISSION     Adults: $16   Pensioners: $12   Children under 14: FREE

There will be lots of products on display for the weekend, many of which you wont get to see anywhere else.

There is also free entertainment for the kids with daily shows from Bob the Builder as well as

  • Hey Dee Ho Music
  • Imaginative Play Corner
  • Playgroup Activities
  • Toddler Kindy Gymbaroo Circuits

Hope to see you there at the weekend and hear a few of your signing stories.

Jackie

New Classes In Sydneys Inner West

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Im really happy today to announce the launch of our latest classes in Sydneys Inner West.

Catherine, our latest Baby Hands teacher, has started her classes covering Sydney’s Inner West area with a fixed venue at the historic Woodstock Community Centre in Burwood.

As well as regular classes in Burwood Catherine is available for private lessons for Mothers Groups, Play Groups and Childcare Centres in the area.

Catherine has been signing with her own son since he was 3 months old using Australian Baby Hands, by 5 months he understood several signs and now at 13 months he has a wide range of signs that he uses everyday.  The benefit that signing brings to the communication level that Catherine now enjoys with her son inspired Catherine to want to teach others how amazing using baby sign can be.

We are lucky to have her on board and if you would like to join Catherine at one of her classes please contact her through the details here.

If you are interested in a class that is in another area please check our Baby Sign Classes locations page.

Happy Signing

Jackie

Early Learning

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Playing enhances a baby’s perception about himself and the world he lives in. It develops his social skills, language skills, critical thinking and creativity. There are many ways that babies can learn while playing. He can learn from stuffed animals, interactive books, and toys. Think of ways to make daily activities fun and creative. This helps your baby enhance his imagination. When it comes to finding interesting ways to encourage your baby explore the world through play, here’s exactly what you need to know. (more…)

The Baby Show Sydney 2009

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Sydney Baby Show 2009There’s a brand new baby show that’s just starting out and it launches in Sydney this weekend.

Even though this is the first show it promises to be a great one with lots of events and a wide range of exhibitors so you can really get your shopping fix.

I’ll be there all weekend and if your one of the first 50 people to get to this blog post then you can get a free ticket to attend.

Now, this really is a limited numbers offer as we are only allowed to give away 50 tickets so once the free ticket has been downloaded 50 times it will be removed from this page.

*Updatesorry but all the free tickets have been downloaded.  You can still download a discount voucher for $5 off the price of admission here:Save $5 off the price of admission.

The show is on at the Royal Hall of Industries near Fox Studios.

There are lots of things going on at the show for parents as well as free childcare (subject to availability) so you can enjoy the show at your own pace for a while without having to worry about your little one.

Also available are some really nice services at the show such as shopping made easy and a free pram park which can really help as these shows often get quite congested and navigating around pushing a buggy can be a little difficult, (recommended that you bring a sling for your baby if you take advantage of this service)

Full list of attractions and features can be found here.

I hope to see you over the weekend at our stand which is number H1 and located near the front right corner of the hall as you come in.

Come over and say hello and if you have any questions on baby sign language or our baby sign language classes I’d love to see you.

Enjoy the show :-)