Before babies begin to speak it can be somewhat frustrating for parents to understand what their baby wants or needs. If only we could read our babies’ minds or somehow understand what they mean when they point and say, “Eeh.” Instead of trying to telepathically communicate with your little one, however, there is a simpler way to help you and your baby understand each other through American Sign Language.
American Sign Language, or ASL, is a wonderful first language for your baby, especially because it’s mainly an iconic language – meaning the signs look like the object or action they represent. There are numerous practical, cognitive, and emotional benefits to signing with your baby, so we’ve rounded up a few of them here. Continue reading
During the past couple of weeks you may have noticed a few new faces at Dancing Bear — Emily and Olivia! Since they were brave enough to jump right in during the craziness of the holiday season, we thought they’ve at least earned a proper introduction…and a cool name tag. So, take a few minutes to get to know the newest members of the Bear family!
Tell us a little about your background and what led you to the Bear family.
If you could be a Disney princess, which one would you be?
“Ariel! I would love to be a mermaid, and Prince Eric is a total dreamboat.”
What do you love about downtown Frederick?
What’s your favorite toy at the Bear? (It’s hard to pick just one, so if you have multiple that’s okay.)
What are your top three life dreams or goals?
Any hidden talents?
What do you like most about being part of the Bear?
At Dancing Bear we love to celebrate all things new, like the New Year and your new toys (hopefully some are from the Bear!). But now that the holidays are over and the kiddos are back in school, the glamour of those new toys might be fading — although Tom, our semi-retired owner, is still pretty excited about his new coffee maker in the office.
So what happens when that “new toy glamour” fades? How can parents be reassured that children will want to play with their toys all throughout the year?
When it comes to play, the Bear likes to keep things classic. In fact, we call it classic play. Continue reading