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Baby Einstein: My First Signs
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this DVD targeted at babies teaches babies and parents how to communicate nonverbally by using sign language. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against letting children under 2 watch television or videos since this is a key period of growth and development (which is why the Common Sense rating system doesn't go below age 2). That said, this is a highly interactive DVD with useful information for parents wanting to learn this communication skill.
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What's the story?
Studies have shown that learning sign language allows babies to communicate even before they can talk. Designed for ages 6 months and older, BABY EINSTEIN: MY FIRST SIGNS features actress Marlee Matlin and the Baby Einstein puppets. Divided into segments (family, mealtime, play, and bedtime), the program teaches children and their families 20 signs (a combination of American Sign Language and Conceptually Accurate Signed English,) including those for "mommy," "daddy," "eat," "drink," "ball," "friend," "sleep," and "bath." Repetition helps reinforce learning; Matlin introduces each sign, which is then depicted frequently in a mix of live-action scenes, paintings, cartoons, and still photographs. Toddlers, older children, and adults are all shown using the various signs, and there are also some funny learning skits with Matlin and the puppets.
Is it any good?
BABY EINSTEIN: MY FIRST SIGNS is a delightful introduction to teaching sign language to children over 6 months of age. The DVD incorporates the music of Beethoven, Handel, and Schubert throughout, uses Bonus features include puppet shows and Matlin teaching viewers additional signs, such as "boy," "girl," "good," and "bad."
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