Introduction

This 10-unit course (10 hours) for new Licensed WeeHands Instructors will guide its participants through the history and philosophy that is behind the WeeHands Baby Sign Language program. As well, participants will gain the confidence and knowledge that will enable them to set up their first WeeHands classes in their community through interactions with WeeHands founder and other WeeHands Instructors across North America.

This class includes your WeeHands teaching license for the upcoming year!

Required Reading: The Baby Signing Book by Sara Bingham (2007; Robert Rose)

As of July 14, 2010, this class includes your WeeHands teaching license for the current year. You must hold a current WeeHands teaching license to use any WeeHands curriculum and the WeeHands name and logo. This license will allow you access to your WeeHands email address, website profile & class schedule and more. Your teaching license will expire at the end of March the year after you start this course. At the end of this class, you will be a certified WeeHands Instructor and a certificate will be issued to you online.

Online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds are not available after you have logged into your course once and/or 30 days after payment has been accepted. There are no refunds available after 30 days. If you have any questions regarding accessing your online class, please email: info@weehands.com.

At the conclusion of Unit 1, you will be able to:

  • have begun building a cohesive learning community with fellow students and mentor.

  • have previewed the course objectives, assignments and requirements for completion.

  • become familiar with the online classroom.

  • Read and review Chapter 1 of The Baby Signing Book, A Quick Course in Baby Signing, pages 12-25.

  • apply for your WeeHands license for the current year, if not already complete.

  • confirm receipt of your Instructor application paperwork with WeeHands head office.

  • name your WeeHands business.

At the conclusion of Unit 2, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the history of WeeHands.

  • Discuss about the philosophy behind the WeeHands program.

  • read Chapter 2 of The Baby Signing Book, (Sign Language Development, pages 26-36)

  • Complete your biography for thier WeeHands Instructors page

  • Confirm the link and registration page on your WeeHands Instructors page as functional

  • Confirm set up of your WeeHands email account

  • Discuss accepting payments for classes and workshops

At the conclusion of Unit 3, you will be able to: 

  • describe the different types of WeeHands curricula that make up the WeeHands program:

    • Signing Babies I and II classes
    • Signing Tots I and II classes
    • Play & Sign I and II classes
    • Everyday Sign class
    • Sign & Sing throughout the Day workshop
  • explain the characteristics of the WeeHands Principles of Learning position.

  • explain the ways a WeeHands Instructor can most effectively communicate the Principles of Learning position to parents.

  • understand requirements for effective learning space for WeeHands families

  • show knowledge of chapter 3 (Signing with your Young Baby, pages 37-49) of The Baby Signing Book.

  • discuss how babies babble and how babies may make approximations when learning ASL signs

  • investigate your needs for accepting credit card payments for your classes.

At the conclusion of Unit 4, you will be able to:

  • Read and review chapter 4 (Signing with your Older Baby, pages 50-66) of The Baby Signing Book.

  • Learn the goals and structure WeeHands Signing Babies classes

  • Understand the components of a WeeHands Signing Babies lesson plan.

  • Set up your first WeeHands 45-minute presentation

  • Begin search for class/learning space in your community.

  • Investigate Self Employment Grants in your area

  • Become aware of your competition

At the conclusion of Unit 5, you will be able to: 

  • identify the goals and structure WeeHands Signing Babies I classes

  • identify the language and development characteristics of the infants age 0-6 months

  • feel comfortable singing & signing WeeHands songs from memory

  • discuss chapter 5 (Signing with your Young Toddler, pages 67-78) in the The Baby Signing Book

  • continue search for class/learning space in your community.

  • network with other baby related businesses in your community.

At the conclusion of Unit 6, you will be able to: 

  • examine the unique language and development characteristics of babies age 6-12 months.

  • show more comfort singing and signing WeeHands songs from memory.

  • discuss chapter 6 (Signing with your Older Toddler, pages 79-87) in the The Baby Signing Book

  • continue your search for appropriate class locations

  • confirm class/learning space in your community.

  • confirm your classes are listed on the WeeHands Class Locator!

  • begin to promote your future classes

At the conclusion of Unit 7, you will be able to:

  • prepare your class materials, the Learning environment, and yourself prior to teaching a class.

  • discuss chapter 7 (Signing with your Younger Preschooler) in the The Baby Signing Book

  • discuss the article: Tapping Toddlers' Evolving Semantic Representation via Gesture

  • explain the term "communicative temptation"

  • describe the qualities of a 1-2-3 Star WeeHands Instructors.

  • print and access basic promotional materials.

  • answer parents most frequently asked questions.

  • confirm your first WeeHands 45-minute presentation

At the conclusion of Unit 8, you will be able to:

  • connect with local baby registries.

  • discuss chapter 8 (Signing with your Older Preschooler, pages 95-103) in the The Baby Signing Book

  • experience leading a WeeHands presentation.

At the conclusion of Unit 9, you will be able to:

  • discuss chapter 9 (Signing with your Special Needs Child, pages 104-107) in the The Baby Signing Book

  • distribute flyers in your community.

  • investigate public relations events and be visible in the community.

  • investigage general liability insurance for your area.

  • contact prospective families and invite them to register for classes.

  • conduct a public relations event.

  • order materials to arrive in time for the first day of class.

  • finalize your class schedule and determine print quantities for your promotional needs.

At the conclusion of Unit 10, you will be able to:

  • identify all core ASL signs taught in the WeeHands Signing Babies I curriculum and class.

  • distribute flyers and advertise in the appropriate print media in your community.

  • discuss Gesture Development: A Review for Clinical and Research Practices

  • contact local child care centres regarding your classes, workshops & presentations

  • distribute flyers in your community.

  • order materials to arrive in time for the first day of class.

  • complete an online review of The Baby Signing Book.

  • complete an online review of the WeeHands At Home DVD.

  • contact prospective families and invite them to register for classes.

  • learn about press releases to get the word out about your classes

  • confirm your first WeeHands classes with location and prospective families!

  • consider developing a business plan

  • start developing and organizing your business and financial goals


Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the class is completed:

1-Star Level WeeHands Instructors