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Class Title Dates # of
Cost Description
& Location
Sign, Sing
& Play
Session 1

10:45—11:45 am


9:45—10:45 am

4:45—5:45 pm


5 Mon/Thur $85

Our Day/Food/Transportation
Signs for your daily routines from waking up, changing diaper, eating, bathing and sleeping including fun playful activity signs. This session will cover signs for many food and meal time signs as well as transportation such as cars and trains.

Mondays @ St. Johns the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2036 SE Jefferson Street Milwaukie Oregon 97222

Thursdays @ Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont, Portland

Sign, Sing
& Play
Session 2

10:45—11:45 am 

9:45—10:45 am  
4:45—5:45 pm 


5 $85 Animals
Signs for family pets, birds, ducks,
farm and zoo animals

Mondays @ St. Johns the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2036 SE Jefferson Street Milwaukie Oregon 97222

Thursdays @ Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont, Portland

Sign, Sing
& Play
Session 3



9:45—10:45 am 

4:45—5:45 pm

5 $85 Ocean/Outside
Signs for a visit to the ocean including many ocean animals and activities. This session will also cover outside use signs such as ball play, slides, swings, bugs, nature, birds, squirrels, frogs etc.

Mondays @ St. Johns the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2036 SE Jefferson Street Milwaukie Oregon 97222

Thursdays @ Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont, Portland

Sign, Sing
& Play
Session 4
10:45—11:45 am


9:45—10:45 am
4:45—5:45 pm


5 $85 Concept Words/Weather/Family/Food
Signs for weather such as rainy and sunny days, family member signs, food and meal time signs, emotions and important concept words and opposites (in/out, open/shut, more, help and MANY more)

Mondays @ St. Johns the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2036 SE Jefferson Street Milwaukie Oregon 97222

Thursdays @ Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont, Portland

EACH class offers a chance to learn and discover for you and your child and also includes numerous strategy tips, ideas and specific demonstrations of how to teach certain signs- especially abstract ones which are more challenging to teach without proper guidance.

You will learn:

  • What types and how many signs to introduce to your child
  • Keys to success
  • How to recognize your child’s first signs
  • Attention getting strategies
  • Troubleshooting
  • Abstract signs

Using the skills learned in class, continuing the learning process at home will be an easy one and the ultimate goal of verbal language development will be easily achieved.

In EVERY class you will also learn wonderful information about your child's unique development and why certain activities are used in the class to help encourage this development including nurturing their imagination, playfulness, problem solving, social skills and musicality.

Why is music and movement such a big part of a Tiny Talker’s sign language class? In addition to being a sign language specialist, I am also a music educator and a mother and I know that children are innately drawn to music and also learn best through movement. Music stimulates and awakens different parts of the brain, immersing the child in language and helps develop memory while movement helps to develop their coordination.

Sign, Sing and Play Classes Offered click on the class for more information

SIGN SING & PLAY 9 months to 2.5 years (Sessions 1-4 can be taken in any order)

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Late Enrollment Accepted if space is available. Siblings are free if they are less than 6 months old.

Musical Birthday Parties

Turn your child's birthday party into a musical celebration! Invite us to your child's next birthday party and EVERYONE—adults and children alike—will enjoy a delightful time of musical celebration! We'll make your party memorable and unique with a full hour of musical fun and entertainment.

Instrument exploration, instrument play-alongs, creative movement, storytime, and circle dances are all among the many wonderful activities that at your child's party. There's even a FREE GIFT for the birthday child!

So . . . set the date, check out the birthday party package info below, and contact me to schedule or to find out more.

Attendance and Recommended Ages

Birthday parties are limited to 15 children in attendance. A MusicalBirthday Party is best suited for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years and their adult caregiver(s).

Adult Participation

For children and guests ages 1 to 3, there must be one actively participating adult with each child.

For children over the age of 3, adult participation is encouraged, but optional. I do ask that at least one adult be present and available for every 5 children in attendance.

What Comes First?

Plan to start your party with Sign, Sing and Play. Food, toys, and gifts should come out after the educator leaves. You might even choose to do a Musical Craft with the children afterwards. (A quick internet search on "homemade instruments" can give you lots of ideas.)

Party Location

We come to you!! You find the place to hold the party—at a community center, clubhouse, your place of worship—anywhere suitable to accommodate a group of children having FUN! We'll bring the instruments, props, CD player, and the entertainment. If you are planning on using an area in your home, please move the furniture around to help create a large open space and remove all toys from that area. We'll bring all necessary items for the activities.

The most successful Musical Birthday Parties are held indoors in a large room with open floor space and as few distractions (such as food, toys, and other activities) as possible. NOTE: The space must be large enough for all in attendance to sit and stand in a circle as well as to move around freely.


I need a minimum of 2 weeks notice (preferably more) to make sure the party fits on my calendar.
A deposit of 50% total payment is due at the time of booking, with the balance due upon arrival at the party. The fee is partially refundable if you cancel the party ($35 cancellation fee is charged.) 


  • Jungle/Animals
  • Trains
  • Ocean/Beach
  • Age appropriate activities with a general theme for a child's 1st birthday
  • Age appropriate activities with a general theme for a child's 2nd-5th birthday

The Birthday Party Package

The Party includes:

  • One free gift for the Birthday Child
  • Cost: $140 for up to 15 kids

Goody Bags

If you are interested in purchasing some inexpensive musical instruments/props to put into goody bags, please ask me to email you a list of items and prices so that I can order them for you. I will need at least 2.5 weeks before the party to ensure that they arrive on time.

For an extra charge, I would be happy to put together goody bags with the instruments that you have chosen and include some candy in it as well. Please let me know if you are interested in this option.

Preschool/Daycare Events

For Preschools
The same great Sign, Sing and Play programming…

Contact us if you are interested in starting a class in your child’s school or play group. Many different types of preschool classes are also offered.

Free Preview
May I attend a class to see if we like Sign, Sing and Play? Yes! I encourage and welcome visitors to attend a FREE preview class. Please call or e-mail me first to schedule.Call Shira at 503.754.8776 or email tinytalkers here 

Why Music For Young Children and What Are The Benefits?
Children are innately drawn to music…and why shouldn't they be? They have been listening to the rhythm and melody of their mother's voice since the fourth month after conception.

Children learn best through moving and listening. Music and movement classes will help them grow and develop into successful students.

Benefits to Children

  • Language
  • Self Expression
  • Memory Skills
  • Concentration
  • Social Interaction
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Listening
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Coordination
  • Music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics and science.
  • Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Remember singing the ABC song to learn your ABC's? Studying music helps children establish good listening habits, which are essential for achievement in school.
  • Overall, music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical coordination- all in a group setting that builds community- a holistic experience.

How do I make certain that we get the class we want?
Register early!!! Many classes fill to capacity, especially certain days and times.

Can I join the semester after it has already started?
Yes, if space is available. Tuition will be pro-rated for the remaining classes.

What if we have to miss a class?
Although I do not offer refunds for missed classes, I do allow families to make-up the class, preferably within the same semester.

Can my spouse, grandmother, friend come watch the class?

Spouses and relatives are always welcome to attend and participate. 


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Ms. Shira grew up in St. Louis MO, where she enjoyed being the daughter of a professional singer, attending his concerts and even performing on some of his albums. Throughout her early years, Shira played piano and guitar and sang in choirs. Ms. Shira and her husband moved to Portland OR in 1999 and have enjoyed every minute of living in the beautiful Northwest. They have two children of their own.

Ms. Shira's career with children began as a certified nannyand later as a preschool teacher. When her children were young, Shira discovered the amazing benefits of using sign language with hearing babies.

Shira Fogel is the founder of TinyTalkers, in which she teaches BabySign Language workshops as well as Sign, Sing and Play.

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