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Comparison to My Baby Can Talk
By Les Hernandez
We started our daughter out on the My Baby Can Talk series and have probably watched each DVD no less than a hundred times each. This program excels at teaching signs. It differs somewhat from Baby Signing Time in that, except for a few interludes, there is no singing. There is music throughout, however.
We decided to try Baby Signing Time and have watched them in order up to number 3. Our daughter is very entertained by these programs, however, I do think they are a little less effective at teaching signs. The songs are very catchy and will get stuck in your head all day, despite your best efforts. There are also animations and a greater variety of children than in the My Baby Can Talk series.
My chief complaint is that when the sign is given my Rachel, the presenter, her expressions are distracting and cause my daughter (and me as well) to look at her face rather than her hands. They can also be confusing. For example, in this volume there is a segment called "Can You Feel It?" which covers signs such as happy, sad, and cry. Rachel gives the sign for sad and has a sad face but then ends the sign with a big smile. She does tend to play to the camera a bit.
For parents deciding between the two, My Baby Can Talk and Baby Signing Time both have a lot to offer. My Baby Can Talk has a sort of homemade feel to it, which some people might find cheap but we found endearing. Our daughter learned all of the signs in My Baby Can Talk and she is starting to catch onto Baby Signing Time. Sometimes the signs feel like less of a focus than Rachel's singing, so I would have patience if you start with this series. Now that my daughter is a toddler she seems to prefer the movement and singing in this series. You can't go wrong with either series, though parents new to signing might want to start with My Baby Can Talk before moving onto Baby Signing Time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
My 2-year old loves this video
This is our third Baby Signing Time video purchase. My 2-year old toddler has really enjoyed each one. I was pretty skeptical before buying our first (I'm a fairly frugal guy). Even though these videos are not expensive, the idea of a bad purchase is less than settling. The great reviews on Amazon finally did convince me, though, and I couldn't be happier with the decision.
My daughter asks to watch "Signing Time" nearly every day. The signs are taught in a way that she's able to pick them up quickly. Has it helped with our communication? ...immensely. Her enunciation is still not great and sometimes she gets quite frustrated with me for not understanding what she's saying. If she can sign the word(s), however, all becomes quickly clear and her smiling satisfied look of relief is quick to follow as I successfully confirm what she's saying.
This video in particular (of the three we own) is packed with lots of signs that we use everyday. Driving has become good signing practice as we pass trees, flowers, leaves, etc. and we see the sun and clouds or the moon and stars in the sky. It's great and she seems to really enjoy being able to sign the words as she speaks them.
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Such a gift!
We initially purchased the Baby Signing Time series so we could better communicate with a young family member. This series has blessed our lives ten fold. At the time, we didnt know our oldest wouldn't learn to speak until he was three. I credit the Baby Signing Time series with giving us the ability to communicate, especially through the frustrating moments, with ASL. The music is fantastic, the explanations and visuals are so clear. When we watch, our senses aren't assaulted like with so many other kids' "educational" programs. I gift this series to every new Mom and we continue to enjoy these shows along with other programs from Two Little Hands Productions (Rachel and the Treeschoolers & Potty Time specifically). You won't regret the time or money spent on this wonderful program. So sit back and enjoy learning ASL with your family!