I recently had the pleasure of being invited to join Alice, Jessie Cat and some wonderful local mums and babies to learn baby sign language at the Walton and Hersham Sing and Sign class. Here, I captured some wonderful natural photographs of Alice teaching her baby sign language class to the babies and their carers.

Alice’s sing and sign classes are a fun and interactive way for babies and their carers to learn baby sign language together. Teaching these key skills is a great way for babies to learn to communicate before speech. These early communication skills help to reduce frustration in infants, as they become able to tell you when they are hungry, tired, in pain or want a cuddle.

Babies and carers learn the signs through fun songs, rhymes, props and toys. I even found myself singing along to the songs while I was taking photographs!

I noticed as a observed the class that Alice is providing much more than just a sign language class. She is also providing a chance for mums of little babies to meet up and make friends, share stories and find support.  Alice loves putting the kettle on for carers that need that warm cup of tea – something that’s so hard to find when you have a little one!

Benefits of Singing

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the positive effects of singing on the mental health of adults as well as children. I found this BBC article very interesting. This makes a lot of sense to me as I’ve always enjoyed going to classes with my own babies that have included singing. I used to love Rhymetime at the library when my children were small, and now I love Rock Choir!

If you have a baby or toddler between the ages of 0-24 months, and would like to know more about the wonderful Alice, Jessie the cat and her Sing and Sign baby sign language class, then visit her website for more information, or email her at alicewilliamson@singandsign.co.uk

Alice will be really happy to help you find the right class, and please tell her I say hello!