At LEYF, we use Makaton signing to support communication and language development. Signs and visual gestures used alongside singing or speech help to develop language and communication skills from babies to pre-school children and beyond.
Signing and singing are beneficial for children’s vocalisation, confidence, social skills, emotional development, well-being and self-esteem.
Using music to support communication and language development is both fun and interactive, and adding Makaton to songs can really enhance this experience.
Using Makaton with songs transforms singing into a multi-sensory learning experience, as the signs turn the lyrics into a visual performance.
In this video, Victoria, a LEYF nursery teacher, shares some of our favourite songs – ‘Open, Shut Them’, ‘Miss Polly Had a Dolly’ and ‘The ABC Song’ – with the addition of Makaton.
Sing along at home with your children and let them help you to learn the Makaton signs they have been learning and enjoying at nursery.