I've since learned that when children learn to speak and sign together they are processing language by using both sides of their brain. Verbal sounds are processed on the left side of the brain and signs (like images) are processed on the right side of the brain. So when children need to recall language, they use both sides together. In short, actions help children remember words. It's also been proven that children retain more of what they learn when they are having fun. Signing is fun.
It is now widely accepted that what is learned during the early years of a child's life can determine how successful that child will be in school. Sign language reinforces the spoken word and can help create a strong foundation on which to build future language skills.
I encourage you to try signing to your children. To help you get started, I'm including a link to a website called BabySignLanguage.com. Simple signs are demonstrated with easy to follow directions. Give it a try. I think you'll see it's easy and fun. Your kids will love it!
Baby Sign Language