Look Who's Talking

Your baby wants to give you a sign

TUE 1/13

Imagine having a real conversation with your seven-month-old. Does he like planes and trains, or is he fascinated with stuffed animals? What does she think of those mashed peas? What does all that babble really mean? Imagination Signers of Houston is hosting a workshop designed to teach baby talk to parents -- through sign language. In her workshops, Imagination Signers founder Beryt Nisenson teaches the Signing Smart method, which purports to enhance babies' conceptual development and memory. The program combines American Sign Language with progressive strategies for teaching infants. Although designed for babies from birth to 24 months, the method can be used for toddlers up to the ripe old age of 36 months. Nisenson taught her son Josh how to sign at seven months, and he mastered it in three weeks. She found the experience to be "totally addicting." 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 13. A Woman's WorkSHOP, 5407 Morningside. For information, call 713-528-6100, extension 107, or visit www.imaginationsigners.com. $65 for couples; $45 for singles. -- Felicia Johnson-LeBlanc

 

Fill In the Blank

SAT 1/10

If you think the theatrical version of James and the Giant Peachwon't be entertaining for adults, then ponder this deeper psychological theme: When James is orphaned and forced to live with greedy relatives, he burrows into a giant fuzzy piece of fruit. The peach, therefore, is a metaphor for ____. 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, January 10 through February 8. Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 North Main in Stafford. For information, call 281-208-3333 or visit www.fortbendtheatre.org. $6. -- Keith Plocek

 

By a Hare

WED 1/14

There's no need to rush down to Galveston to take your kids to see Jim West's puppet performance of Aesop's Fables. Going slow and steady not only will help you win the race, it'll also ensure that you won't get any speeding tickets on I-45. 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 14. Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice. For information and additional showtimes, call 409-765-1894 or visit www.thegrand.com. $3 to $6. -- Keith Plocek

 
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