Teach your baby to sign “stand”
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Hand Shape: left hand is a flat open palm facing up while your right hand is a “V Hand” to create your legs when inverted
Location: in front of your torso
Tip: fingers imitating a person standing up
Action: put your “V” right hand on top of the left palm
Video transcript: Hi and welcome to Sign Baby Sign. This week’s word is “S-T-A-N-D”. You’re going to use your “V Hand”(this will become your legs) then your going to have your other hand, flat palm facing up, as the land and you’re going to stand.
This sign is great to use with just one or a group of children when you want to get everyone to stand up without using your voice. Try it out; you will be surprisingly impressed with how easy it is and the children will enjoy responding to your signs.
Good posture is very important when you are standing. Let’s talk about proper posture. Good posture means you are aware of how you are holding yourself to have the least strain on your back, your bones and joints are in line, your spine has its three normal curves and it helps you not get tired as quickly or have pain in your back.
7 Good posture hints:
Stand in front of the mirror and do the following:
- Distribute weight evenly using both feet.
- Put your shoulders back.
- Tuck your tummy.
- Keep your knees straight.
- Have your chest lifted.
- Avoid slumping your shoulders or your hips.
- Only carry what you need in your bag to avoid a heavy load.
Can you see a difference in your posture after going through these helpful hints?
In working with children, I see how their backpacks can create posture problems. Here are some tips for proper backpack use. Get the coloring sheets to reinforce this weeks lesson with your children.
4 Tips for Proper Use of School Backpacks.
- Use both straps to evenly distribute the weight.
- Adjust the straps so your backpack rest above belt area.
- The weight of your backpack should not exceed 15% of your body weight.
- For heavy loads, use a backpack with wheels.
5 Signs Your Backpack is not a good fit for you.
- You struggle to get your backpack on.
- Your posture slouches (means it’s too heavy).
- You have back pain.
- Your arms or hands feel weak or tingle.
- Your backpack touches your bottom when you walk.
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