We are on a wonderful Makaton journey which has led to us sharing our passion for Makaton within our local community.
This journey began with our two wonderful staff members, Joanne and Johan, attending Makaton training and sharing their interest of further developing our children’s communication skills. They have led this journey; supporting our staff and families and sharing their enthusiasm.
We began using signs of the week and staff quickly embraced signing and the enjoyment it brought to our establishment. We post our sign of the week and Makaton song of the month on our seesaw app and on our twitter page. We have visuals and signs displayed all around our establishment as well as our sign of the week. Families watch and learn the signs and join in together. The positive feedback we have gained from parents is huge.
We observed in particular how beneficial signing with songs had on our children and the impact it had on all our children’s communication skills. The children started to spontaneously sign to one another helping each other understand. We began sign along sessions with our parents so the children could show how much they had learned and express the enjoyment it brings. Makaton strengthens the children’s communication, confidence and self-esteem.
Our sign along sessions have become a big family event. In September 2019 we received our Makaton Friendly award and quickly got to work on how we would like to celebrate.
We invited Dave Benson Philips and on the 12th December 2019; he spent the morning with us singing Christmas songs and watching all our fabulous children sign and sing. All of our families joined us in this event. Dave was amazing, energetic and expressed how much he enjoyed seeing all the signing the children were doing. Dave joined us for our Christmas family market having some warm soup and enjoyed chatting to staff and our families.
The children are so proud of their achievements and love learning new signs and songs. Makaton is embedded within Castlemilk Family Learning Centre and we are very proud. We are now focusing on raising further awareness within our education sector and sharing our good practice.
We are delighted Makaton is being talked about and used in and around our community. This is because of all our staff children and families’ enthusiasm recognising the enjoyment and benefits signing have brought to our establishment.
As our Makaton tutor Karen quoted “You are riding a Makaton wave.“
Team Leader, Castlemilk Family Learning Centre