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Monthly Archives: September 2010
Every day I keep my fingers crossed that I’ll get a phone call, or that I’ll win some money, or that I will just walk into the right situation and say “Hey! I need a job, hire me!” and all will be good.
I wish for these things to happen. I wish for more happiness, for more money, for more prosperity. I wish for more (and better) camera equipment, for a newer car, for another baby. Then I have an amazing afternoon with my sweet boy.
And then all I wish for is to have more time… just like this.
I’m feeling a bit blue today. I’m not sure what is going on but I’m in a funk.
I don’t have much to say, so I’m linking up to Shutter Love Tuesdays over at Trendy Treehouse.
This week’s theme is “Blue.” How appropriate, right? Well, when I hear the word blue the first thing that comes to mind is my son’s ridiculously beautiful, ridiculously blue eyes. I was going through my photos trying to find the perfect one and came across this, which I think is definitely blue.
I got up and left early for a photo shoot this morning and was so excited to wake up to cooler temps. Yesterday we spent the day running a yard sale and it got over 80 degrees. What is with the up and down temps?! I want fall to be here and stay here!
I got in the car today and drove away from my house to see beautiful clouds that look like ocean waves and two big, bright hot air balloons in the sky. While I was driving and admiring the balloons the song “Easy Like Sunday Morning” by The Commodores came on the radio. It was perfect! What a great Sunday morning!
My photo session went great – I had a beautiful subject who made my job very easy. I started my journey back home and looked out across the sky and saw this:
As many of you know I have been unemployed for quite a while. I feel as though I should be teaching, but that avenue does not seem to be available to me so I have broadened my horizons. It is amazing to me how many jobs I have applied for and have heard nothing back from. I wish there was a way I could just tell everyone that I am smart, I am a good person, I would make a fantastic employee. That isn’t how it works, though.
I was contacted earlier this week about sharing an article with my readers and after I read it was feeling almost as though I had to. It ties together employment(or unemployment) and parenting and ways we can help our children now and in the future and that is something that moves me. I wanted to pass along the info and hope that you gain something from it as well!
Early Childhood Education – Acquiring Sign Language
One of the keys to surviving in a tilted economic system in which opportunities to achieve a decent standard of living will be limited is versatility – and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the disabled – primarily the deaf.
At the same time, a growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it’s likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.
Signing Before They Can Speak
A great deal of research has clearly demonstrated that the early years – ages 2 to five – are the best time to educate children in different modes of communication and language. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.
This is not as odd as you may think. As you know, many indigenous peoples around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate.
In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:
“…by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
before they know how to talk.” (Glarion, 2003)
The author also cites study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that “using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration…[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music” (Glarion, 2003).
The Best Time To Start
Not only does early childhood education in signing give pre-verbal youngsters a way to communicate, it can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing.
Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Zionsville child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of Indiana child care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.