Regular readers will have read our post last month about the fantastic Flash stick post it notes (which you can read here), they have revolutionized the way we can learn a new language.
Jack and I have been learning British sign language for the past month and I am very pleased to say it is incredibly easy to pick up and incorporate into our daily life. From signing shop and our shopping list to my two year old son signing ‘Mummy I love you’, a very proud moment for me but lost on Daddy who has not joined us on our language learning journey.
Flash sticks have allowed my nearly three year old son and I to learn our own secret language within our monolingual family, and enjoy an even closer mother and son relationship than before, always a plus in my book.
I must admit when I first opened my pack of Flash stick post it notes and placed them around the house it was a little daunting, especially as I would be teaching Jack to sign. By using signs through the day Jack has learnt over ten different signs, however at the moment Jack says what he is signing while doing it so the next step will be to help him sign without explaining.
If like me you have bad memories of learning a language at school, reciting the words in a mindless, dull drone then Flash sticks are for you.There so simple even my three year old can do it.
Till next time, ‘signing’ out ;)
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language but found it difficult to fit studying into your busy scheduled?
Flash sticks may be just what your looking for. Regular readers will remember back in November our personal life took a drastic change for the worst ,when Jack and I had to move in with my mum but Daddy had to stay at his parents as it was closer to work. As you can imagine this has affected Jacks behavior and been an uphill struggle for me while trying to find a new house.
With all that going on there’s little time to pursue other interests, or so I thought.
Flash sticks are foreign language post-it notes featuring a single word on each. Being super sticky they are perfect for sticking round the house to learn as you go along. Flash sticks come in three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced and each pack is priced at £4.99.
Jack and I are learning British sign language, an interest of mine since trying baby signing when he was six months old. We were sent the beginners pack, which contains 100 words on topics such as food and drink, basic colours, numbers, family and pets and everyday life. I started by sticking a few on the wall of my bedroom to focus on when Jack was in bed, but soon had the whole pack stuck to the wall. Flash sticks are incredibly easy to understand and incorporate into your everyday life and once you start you just cant stop. And if the handy, pocket sized post it notes aren’t enough the geniuses at Flash sticks HQ have created a free app with a video tutor. Once you have downloaded the app just scan your Flash sticks and a video will play helping you learn how to sign or pronounce something correctly. I found this extremely helpful especially as most of my learning happens once Jack is in bed and my brain is sleepy. I try to use as much of the signs I have learnt during each day and Jack is slowly picking them up. He can sign please and thank you, yes and love and tries to use the sign for need when asking for something. Hopefully this pace will continue, watch this space!
Disclaimer: I was sent the Flash sticks pack free of charge for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.
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