Expressive Hands introduces basic ASL signs, as a communication tool, to children ages 0-5 & their parents while promoting bonding & fun through music, arts & play.
My name is Starlita (or Ms. Star to the kiddos), the founder of Expressive Hands. I am a Baby Signing Time Instructor, certified through the award-winning Signing Time program. I am also a member of both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC - an affiliate of the NAEYC), as well as certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED through the American Red Cross. I am, however, most recognized as a wife and a homeschooling mommy of 3 beautiful children.
In 2013, after I gave birth to my first child, I learned about the benefits of teaching babies sign language from my birth center’s Lactation Consultant. She recommended the Baby Signing Time program, produced by ©Two Little Hands Productions, because it teaches children their first 100 words using American Sign Language (ASL) and music. At around 3 months of age, my husband and I began teaching our son the sign for “milk.” By 5 months of age, our son was able to sign “milk” back! We all enjoyed singing, dancing, and learning along with the DVDs. Because we found Baby Signing Time to be so effective with our son, we decided to also teach basic ASL signs to our other two children, our two girls. The signs they learned have really helped with lessening tantrums and increasing their ability to communicate their feelings and wants. As they grow older, the Signing Time program has now become a language-enrichment tool, providing a stepping stone in teaching our children ASL as a second language.
It is because of our experience and great love for the Signing Time program that I desire to share it with as many families as I can! And so, I created Expressive Hands, where we desire to introduce basic baby signs to families, using ASL and the Signing Time program, in order to: demonstrate that signing is beneficial and fun for every child; empower families to communicate clearly with one another and experience the profound bonding that results; and create opportunities for children of all abilities to come together and play while actively learning. Come and join us!