Guest Blogger

Joann Woolley

Joann Woolley

Joann Woolley of Sign4Baby is a Master Level Instructor in the Signing Time Academy.

ASL is her first language (her mother is deaf) and her first sign was MILK.

Both her fluency in ASL and understanding of ASL culture provide an insight to the language that opens the eyes of her students.

She has been invited to speak to groups all over San Diego county and has shared her expertise online at and .

More tips and signing resources are shared via her social media platforms - Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and her Sign4Baby blog.

Projects on the horizon include an iPhone app and an ebook to make signing fun, accessible, and affordable for families everywhere.

Contact Joann Woolley at [email protected]


Blog Posts by Joann Woolley

  • When Half Means Whole

    When Half Means Whole

    I had another post ready to share with you today but I’m going to save it for a future date. When things happen and the little lesson strikes you in the moment it is worth writing down. While making lunch for Owen today, we had a misunderstanding. At this tender age of 4 it can […]

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    How to Sign The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    A little bit of everything is in Eric Carles’ classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The popular Signing Story Time book is visually captivating and teaching at the same time. The lessons are demonstrated in such a way that our little ones don’t even realize they’ve picked up the idea of making healthy eating […]

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  • How to turn a Toddler into an Amazing Dinner Guest

    How to turn a Toddler into an Amazing Dinner Guest

    When was the last time you asked your child to dine with you? Probably never if you’re like most people. Truth be told, I haven’t either. In fact I just had a Mommy/Daughter dinner date with my 7 year old and I didn’t even ask her to go to dinner, I just assumed (correctly so […]

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  • Do you sign Yummy

    Do You Sign YUMMY?

    As parents begin to introduce foods to their babies, many of them are giving signals to their baby without even realizing it.  Babies look at the human face for longer periods of time in comparison to other objects. The human face is the primary means for learning at this young age. When we sit down face to face […]

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  • counting carrots

    Counting Carrots

    Just the other day I was in the kitchen and Owen, my 4 year old, wanted a snack. I make it a habit to always offer a fruit or vegetable first, so I grabbed the baby carrots from the fridge and asked “How many carrots do you want?” More often than not, Owen’s answer lately […]

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  • One Super Nanny Tip that is Golden

    One Super Nanny Tip that is Golden

    Before having kids I was an avid Super Nanny fan. Now that I have 3 children of my own, I find that what she may suggest to a family may not always work for everyone and I can hardly stand to take advice from someone who is not themselves a parent. To say the least, […]

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  • Using Music and Signing in Tandem

    Using Music and Signing in Tandem

    Do you sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to your little one? Most of us do because we can easily remember those lullabies from our childhood quite easily.

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  • Just Another Day in Paradise

    Just Another Day in Paradise

    We’ve had an unusually warm winter here in San Diego. In fact some days I’ve seen many Facebook posts bragging with photos of the temperature gauge in their car or an app from their smart phone… and lots of spontaneous beach days! Ah, the beach, a place full of adventure and endless sand for little […]

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  • A Belated Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

    A Belated Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

    The first time I heard the book read at a toddler story time, I fell in love with My Many Colored Days. The way the colors and animals give children a connection to the meaning of the feelings described on each of the pages is simple yet profound. It is seemingly written for that tender […]

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  • Babies Love Animals!

    Babies Love Animals!

    It is no secret that babies get a kick out of seeing animals and hearing the unique sounds they make. This is probably why there are so many children’s books that incorporate animals; babies and toddlers are engaged by them easily!  One of the classics is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by […]

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