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Signing With Babies And Children: Next Time Won't You "SIGN" WIth Me

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Next Time Won't You "SIGN" WIth Me

I'm not sure how the end of your "abc" song sounds, but my children have grown up singing, "now I know my abcs, next time won't you 'sign' with me."

I have enjoyed teaching my children their ABCs with American Sign Language.

Lately I have been enjoying the doodle board to help my nearly 2 year old daughter learn her ABCs by letter recognition. She’s been singing the ABCs since the age of 18 months with fine tuning occurring each month following. This fine tuning includes her pronunciation becoming clearer and her singing becoming more frequent.^_^ With her interest in letters, it’s a great opportunity to teach letter recognition. And even without the letters in view such as on a doodle board, signing has allowed me to teach the alphabet in a visual engaging way!

And what better way to teach letter recognition than with American Sign Language.
*sing the alphabet when ever you think of it (driving in the car is a favorite time of mine to break out in song/ ask your child to sign a certain letter as you are driving)
*and add those signs when ever possible (while feeding your child in his high chair... between those many bites or while reading their favorite ABC book)
*find opportunities to engage your child in learning their abcs (magnetic abcs on the refrigerator or white board, bath tub letters, or even while peering over your keyboard on your computer)

There’s many opportunities to teach ABCs. Take for instance when you’re on the computer and your little one notices the letters on the keyboard or when she sees letters on a cartoon and says “ABCs.” They understand that these symbols which we call letters have names. And what a fun way to help give each letter it’s own significant symbol through signing.

Written by Shawna Tran:

1 comment:

SignShine said...

I always love your little tools to teach children to ABC songs, doodling or anything fun! reading is fun, and it start with signing.

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