Sign Language

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  1. TeacherGrl7

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    Do you teach your children sign language? What do you teach? How do you do it? I am looking for ideas!

    I have always taught my students to sign the letters of the alphabet. This year I am branching out and teaching words- they are LOVING it. It is so funny to hear their parents tell me that they are coming home and teaching them the signs they learn in school. So far we have had 3 "sessions" where they review the signs they know and learn 4 or 5 new ones.

    So far we know:
    hello/goodbye
    yes
    no
    please
    thank you
    bathroom
    share
    yay!
    sit
    stand
    watch
    listen
    sorry
    water

    I also plan on teaching you're welcome, snack, milk, and eventually things like the days of the week. Anyone else teach sign language??
     
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  3. terptoteacher

    terptoteacher Connoisseur

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    I teach first but I do teach them sign language. So far I haven't done much but:
    red
    orange
    yellow
    green
    blue
    indigo
    violet
    follow
    rainbow
    find
    pot
    gold
    me too
    bathroom
    sit on your bottoms
    and #1-10
     
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    Ooooooh....my kids are ALWAYS calling out, "Me too! Me too!" That is definitely something that I should teach them- might quiet down my carpet!! Colors are great too. Thanks!
     
  5. WaProvider

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    We learn
    please
    thank you
    can I be exused please (from meal)
    red
    orange
    yellow
    green
    blue
    purple
    bunny
    dog
    fish
    frog
    bottle (for babies)
    milk
    fruit
    drink
    eat
    read
    go outside
    go inside
    help
    ouch
    shoe
    sock
    jacket
    shirt
    and all the animals for Brown Bear, Brown Bear

    We just teach them like vocab in a discusison type way. The children love it and pick it up. For the more delayed talkers in the group it allows them a wonderful avenue to work out the troubles without biting or hitting.
     
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    On top of several that are already mentioned...

    more
    the ABC's
    stop
    wait
     
  7. tgi1515

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    Oooooh, I've only taught the letters of the alphabet, sit and be quiet please (I needed a way to tell them in assemblies without making a scene.)

    Is there a web site with correct signs? I know I can get books from our public library, but the Internet is SO much more convenient. Thanks!!!
     
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    OH
    I also forgot that we sign
    choose (choose work to use-for choice time)
    play (as in do you want to play?)
    Where?
     
  10. cutNglue

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    Alphabet
    Who words
    What words
    Where words
    When words
    School related words
    Food words
    Action words
    Polite words
     
  11. sarzacsmom

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    when i was in the pre-k room i taught the kids over 100 words in sign language that year-- i tok one wall and labeled it "I can talk with my hands" I taced one of the kids hands and cut out a whole bunch of handprints 9Ididn't do them all at once-- I did it in groups of 5 or 10. I wrote a word on each hadn print and at circle time the teacher's helper got to pick a word for the day and I would show them how to do the sign for it. ( I used an American sign language dictionary and SignLanguage for Kids book to learn the signs myself). We would review the signs all the time and they really remembered most of them. tht year for the Christmas concert we did silent night in sign language. Once we had learned the sin for the word I would hang the handprint on the wall.
     
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    Couple of years ago sign was the big project topic for our year (we had several non verbal children so it was a great tool to get their frustrations reduced so we could work together) that year we learned to sign and sing: Brown Bear/Brown Bear, I Went to the Farm and What did I see?, Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Wheels on the bus in addition to the signs up top. It was so fun. Those children are sooooo very verbal and soooooo very on the verge of reading at 2.5 to 4 now. It is great the progress they made.

    I just took a sign course at my conference today-soooo fun,.
     

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