That said, Signing Time videos are GREAT for Alex! He is totally captivated by watching Baby Signing Time. We only have volume 1, but I'd love to splurge a bit and buy him Volume 2. He has learned SO MUCH by watching this video.
The funny thing is, we're not totally aware of how much he's picked up from these videos. Sure, he has his signs (milk, dog, banana) that he's learned from the video and uses pretty regularly. There's a lot more stuffed into that little mind that we realize, though!
Here's an example:
Last night I had a meeting at church, and Alex had to come with me. There was a bird chirping somewhere in a bush outside the window. We couldn't see the bird, but Alex heard it. He turned to me and signed "bird"!
Now, first of all, he couldn't see the bird. That means he recognized it by sound. Second, I had NO CLUE he knew the sign for bird. I've never signed it with him or practiced it. I tend to use more practical signs with him. That means he picked it up simply by watching this video twice a week. Wow. Soaking things up like a sponge!
Doesn't it just make you wonder what all goes on in the mind of a toddler? What's he storing up in there? When he really gets the hang of talking, what's going to come pouring out of his mouth. That little mind is always working, and I think it's pretty cool!