The Great Big Seconds Sale!

Rhyme and Sign Adventures | Brilliant Baby Signing

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Get a head start with early communication and literacy!

British Sign Language Books for baby signing | early years | key stage 1 

 

Seconds from Little Signers Club; new book stock that is a just a teeny little bit less than perfect.

Examples of seconds:

  • pages may have warped slightly instead of being flat
  • covers might be bent or slightly scratched or scuffed
  • books may have arrived delivery damaged which means that pages are a bit squished on one corner.
  • books may have been returned, for example, by Amazon

Please note!

All seconds stock is sold on a non-return basis and stock is limited. 

We will not send torn, dirty or pre-loved stock.  All items are new but in less than perfect condition. 

Our Farmyard Friends

RRP £7.49 | Seconds Price £4.00

Over the fields and along the track…

Join our busy farmer as she gathers up her animals.  There’s a grumpy goat, a very muddy pig and we are still not quite sure where the hen is off to in such a hurry!

A hit with animal loving little ones and their grown-ups everywhere.

At the Bottom of My Garden

RRP £7.49 | Seconds Price £4.00

At the bottom of my garden, I have a special place…

It’s all going on in our garden! Join us as we look under rocks, find a shiny trail and try and jump like a grasshopper.

Written especially for intrepid mini-beast explorers and their grown-ups!

Nursery Rhyme and Sign!

RRP £12.50 | Seconds Price £5.00

Aimed at little ones from 6 months to 4 years, their grown ups and carers; everyone is sure to have lots of fun learning to sign along to well loved nursery rhymes together. 

17 MP3 files (not CD!)

1 Lyrics Booklet 

66 unique BSL sign graphics

my baby’s favourite books’

We use Makaton - are these books suitable for us?
Yes of course you can! Don’t miss out.  Little people everywhere love these books and they can be enjoyed whether you sign during the story or not and regardless of the sign language system you use. At baby signing level the two sign language systems share around a 90% compatibility so there is no reason why you can’t love our Rhyme and Sign Adventures too. If you use a different sign or two from those we have in our books, simply swap them to the signs you already know. Easy! Makaton is derived from British Sign Language and so many of the signs are compatible. Our beautiful Rhyme and Sign books use BSL in English language word order, known as Sign Supported English. Of course, we don’t have Makaton symbols in our books, we have Cath’s lovely BSL sign graphics.
What age group are these books for?
Our lovely Rhyme and Sign Adventures have a wide appeal. We originally developed these books to support our baby signing classes which mean that they were aimed, really, at little ones between the ages of 18 months and 4 years. BUT! Schools have contacted us to say that they love them for their reception and KS1 children. Babies also seem to love them as they can spot their favourite characters as the stories build. And for slightly older children, for whom English is an Additional Language, or who have Special Educational Needs, they provide a great language bridge. With the push to bring BSL into schools, our Rhyme and Sign Adventures are perfectly placed to introduce simple signs from an early age and will develop with children through pre-school, reception and Key Stage 1.
Do I have to sign when I read these books?
No of course you don’t! Rhyme and Sign Adventures stand alone as beautiful stories that everyone will love and you’ll get a deep enjoyment from them whether you sign or not. Obviously we’d love you to give it a go – using sign language deeply embeds language and children of all ages really enjoy learning it. You’d be amazed at how it aids memory and how much you’ll like using your hands to talk too. If you are feeling stuck, let us know! We’ll be happy to help.
Signing and Cognitive Development
Laughter, smiles and eye contact form the very best part of cognitive development and a platform for peak learning experiences.  They fire off all sorts of amazing connections in the brain, establishing strong bonding and attachment foundations. Well loved stories, in conjunction with signing, provide young children with the experience of being deeply cared about, snuggled on a special lap with a favourite book. This is our earliest journey into literacy and language; the undivided attention of story time, with a favourite book, confirms to our little ones that they matter.
Signing and Emotional Intelligence
Some studies put children, who have learned to use signing alongside speech, as 12 IQ points ahead of their peers.  But there is so much more to signing than being  more advanced in literacy, communication and language. We’re discovering more and more about the importance of strong attachment in early childhood.  Signing helps develop this connection at a deep level and embeds in little children that they are seen, that they matter, that their ‘voice’ is important. Children who have the advantage of clear communication opportunities, where the guesswork of what they want or need simply disappears, are more independent and far less stressed. Independent and happy, signing children are motivated to learn and engage with new activities. Not only that, they develop more confidence, are more resilient and have greater self esteem.
Signing and Effective Learning
After lots of studies we now know that children are kinaesthetic learners.  This means that they learn more ably when they are able to move their bodies and are physically involved with what they are doing. Signing is quite literally ‘language in motion’ and it has amazing benefits for all children! When you use sign language with speech, children learn to connect both the sign and the word. Research has shown that it is this connection that helps little ones retain and recall information effortlessly, giving them a head start in communication, literacy and language.
Signing and Motor Skill Development
Signing is amazing for developing gross and fine motor skills.  It provides gentle exercise for the small muscles of the hands which in turn improve strength and dexterity. Fine motor skills are a crucial foundation for writing and drawing but also enable increased independence for those skills we need throughout life – the ability to dress ourselves (zips and buttons), brushing teeth – and later on, better control with cookery skills like chopping and peeling.

what Speech and Language Therapists say…

‘These are lovely stories in their own right – but they are actually much more than that.  There is lots of rhyme and repetition which are important for supporting language learning and developing vocabulary – plus the addition of key signs which enhances early literacy and learning.

You don’t need any signing experience to be able to use these books straightaway.  They are accessible, enjoyable tales for all ages – from grandparents to babies – and they’ll all love to join in!’

Libby Hill, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Smarttalkers.

“Our Farmyard Friends is a captivating introduction to signing that had my children (4 1/2 and 18 months) hooked from first read.

Not only is it a delightful rhyme with engaging pictures it is a comprehensive enough guide for anyone completely new to signing to achieve mastery in just one or two read throughs.

My daughter was able to mirror back to me all the signs after just one telling and frequently uses them in other contexts.”

‘It has blown me away…. I literally don’t have the vocabulary for how emotional it makes me to know parents of signing children can have access to this – and wow, you’ve done it so, so well.’

‘This book is very interactive for children; not only because of the motor skills in signing with hands but also because it has a familiarity to it, like an old friend.

I love this book. If you are new to signing this book has what you need to start enjoying signing and storytelling and if you already sign then this compliments the fun you are already having together.’

I got this book – and Wow!

My son who is 5 loves it. I found that using the signs brought us both closer together and made the story come to life.
Amazing book.  Highly Recommended isn’t a strong enough sentiment for it.

What famous folk say…

‘I would highly recommend these [Rhyme and Sign Adventure books].  I LOVE them and can not wait to use them!’

Wayne Barrow, TV Presenter | Radio Presenter | The guy who does the Sign Videos

Little Signers Club – our best bits!

Winner: Teach Early Years Awards  2018| Most Outstanding Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy 2017; Global Excellence Awards | Bizzie Baby GOLD Award; Our Farmyard Friends, a Rhyme and Sign Adventure | Best Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy – UK; Consultancy Awards 2016 | Finalist, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2016 | Award Nominated, Mum and Working 2016 |Childcare Expo 2016, 2017 | ICAN Licensed Tutors | 5th Annual Babyroom Conference Canterbury Christ Church University | Lead Practitioners; Early Language Development Programme | Member of Neytco | Featured;  BBC1, Gurgle Magazine, Junior Magazine, Parent Tribe, The Mother | Contributor; ToddlerCalm, A guide for calmer toddlers | Award Nominated, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015 | Official Partner for Hello, The Year of Communication and the Communication Trust | Finalist, The Baby Show for Trade