Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Review of Signing Time DVD/Flashcard Set

One Step Ahead

Research shows that babies who can communicate through sign language are happier than others — and often develop higher IQs! With our entertaining DVD/flashcard sets, learning American Sign Language is fast and fun. Each set include 30-minute DVD and corresponding flashcards. Developed by the...

These products are amazing!

Aly San Antonio TX 2/14/2009


5 5

Gift: No

Pros: Holds Attention, Colorful and Fun

Best Uses: Older children, Crawlers, Toddlers, Infants

Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children

We used this product with my daughter and she learned all her letters - upper AND lower case - by sight, sound and sign before she was 18 months old. She was recognizing words by 2 and fully reading by 3. Rachel is a wonderful entertainer, and at least one video is watched in our house every day. The songs are engaging and fun for the whole family.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Show me a Sign

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Check this out!

This baby uses the same Signing Time that Anyka uses - and she has had awesome results too! I know Anyka's reading skills - which, as she proves every day, are extensive - have some from signing. Those of you with babies - sign with them!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Expectations vs. Reality

We have all experienced times where our expectations and reality didn't match. Usually it is when a situation or person doesn't live up to what we thought it would be, and we are disappointed. It's a part of life and we've all accepted that. But sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised, even having wonderful moments in the most unxpected places.

Weeks ago I bought tickets for the four of us to go see the Hannah Montana movie this morning. I have been griping about it ever since. Not in an "I will groan because it is not cool, but secretly I am excited" kind of way - in a genuinely "I would rather eat my own eyeballs than go through with this" kind of way. But I had resigned myself to sitting through it because I knew the kids would love it, and that's what parents do. I know my mom sat through her fair share of Chipmunks and My Little Pony and goodness knows what else.

So off we went this morning. We stood in line, were issued 3-D glasses (I rolled my eyes at that idea too) and when the teenager behind the glass said "enjoy the show" I responded with "Oh yeah, I am sure I will have the time of my life" in a voice dripping with not only sarcasm but genuine contempt.

There we were, surrounded by mothers dressed up like rockers from the 80s (I kid you not - bedazzled purses, big hair and belts, the whole package) and their mini-Montanas, complete with sparkles and wigs and lots and lots of merchandise beraing the likeness of the Part Time Pop Star herself. And then, it started. I settled in for the ride.

About ten minutes into the show, my mean heart was melted. As I watched my little girl be-bopping in her seat, singing along and genuinely caught up in the joy of the experience, I found her enthusiasm contagious. An hour and a half later, Miley Cyrus belted out the theme song I have heard so often, and I sat watching Anyka bounce along on Chad's lap, completely entranced. She doesn't care that the whole thing is a mass-marketing mania created by Disney and Wal-Mart to make tons of money. She doesn't care that her lack of depth perception makes the 3-D film inaccessible to her. All she knows is that she loves, loves, LOVES the music, the dancing, and the hoopla that accompanies the whole presentation.

I realized that I am, in fact, old. I am not the "cool mom" that I always thought I would be. I am just like every other parent, a generation away from all the things their kids love best. I am every bit as guilty of being irritated at High School Musical the fortieth time it is played in a weekend. But I love my kids, and seeing them happy makes even the Hannah Montana movie a worthwhile experience.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Hooray for Cultural Awareness!

This almost makes me want to give up Coke for Pepsi! (Almost). Based on a very well known Deaf joke, this commercial is set to air - in silence - on SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! This is a very enlightened action by Pepsi and I am so excited to support their initiative!

Monday, January 21, 2008

New Year, New Experiences....and Some Old Ones

Life in the Miller Clan seems ever-changing, but in reality it is just same-old same-old. For example - Anyka is turning five, and it's a new accomplishement every day in reading or counting or life skills. She is leaving preschool to be home schooled by her stepmother, Stephanie. Yet we still struggle with listening and eating, she still wears 2T-3T clothes, and she still has surgery on a regular basis just to keep us on our toes. The next round, on January 24, will involve her teeth, and her eyes may not be far off. But hey - we're making it! Despite normal step-family stress, we are living la vida loca and loving every minute of it.