Instructor Bio: Marie Konwinski is the owner of My Smart Hands of Metro Detroit. Her appreciation for American Sign Language (ASL) began in her early childhood; discovering that her younger brother had suffered hearing loss during infancy, which impaired his verbal communication development. Marie often wondered what the impact would have been had they known and utilized the powerful tool of ASL.
When Marie came across the My Smart Hands Program, she was delighted to find that My Smart Hands highlighted the same important benefits of signing in which she believes so strongly.
Prior to joining My Smart Hands, Marie earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University’s College of Business. She lives in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan with her husband. Together, they enjoy cooking, gardening and year-round outdoor activities with their two dogs. Marie is also a birth doula and midwife apprentice.
$175 per family (8 session)
Friday 10:00-10:45am weekly
In our class you will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/caregivers and babies. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group (birth – 3 years) includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs. All of our classes include a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of the songs we teach. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!
Class Note: Suitable for ages 0 -2 years old. Babies are highly encouraged to attend with you!