Out of 500 flashcards, I‘ve narrowed it down to about 100 signs that I think make up a typical toddler‘s vocabulary, plus a few bonus words to help me stitch sentences and sentiments together. Colors. Animals. Emotions. Directions. Food. Interjections. The w-words.
Most two-year olds can express two-word phrases, and while we have a ways to go to get to that point, I think from these we can all build. Where father? Father … there. Who hungry? Me … hungry. Why angry? You … tired? Yes … Mother tired. Always tired.
The challenge will be to get everyone in the habit of memorizing and using these signs. But these stacks are a start.