Teaching Kids Sign Language
PickyKidPix has been learning sign language in class because there is a child who is hard of hearing. He’s been her classmate for three years now and it’s amazing to me how much sign language she’s picked up from just first grade, 2nd and 3rd grade. I asked her if she uses it and she says that she will sign with that boy even though his also has Cochlear implants. Sometimes signing is just less disruptive.
I’ve noticed that she will also sign with her friends, just for fun. They especially like that we don’t know what they are saying but they have to spell out each word letter by letter since their vocabulary is limited to things like: yes, no, please, thank you, eat, I have to use the bathroom, I love you, mom and dad.
I found this great site that has a video demo for 100 basic American Sign Language signs:
This page contains links to about a hundred basic ASL signs that are frequently used between parents and their young children. Remember, there is much more to learning American Sign Language than just memorizing signs. ASL has its own grammar, culture, history, terminology and other important aspects. It takes time and effort to become a “skilled language user.” But you have to start somewhere if you are going to get anywhere–so dive in and enjoy.
- Family – mom, dad, boy-girl, marriage, brother-sister, grandpa-grandma, aunt-uncle, baby, single, divorced-separate
- Places – home, work, school, store, church, come-go, car/drive, in-out, with,
- Time – day, night, week, month, year, will-(future), before-(in the past), today-(now), finish-(“all done!”)
- Temperature – hot, cold
- Food – pizza, milk, hamburger, hot dog, egg, apple, cheese, drink, spoon, fork, cup, cereal, water, candy, cookie, hungry
- Clothes – shirt, pants, socks, shoes, coat, underwear
- Health – wash, hurt, bathroom, brush teeth, sleep, nice/clean
- Feelings – happy, angry, sad, sorry, cry, like, good-bad, love
- Requests – please, excuse, thank you, help, who, what, when, where, why, how, stop
- Amounts – big, tall, full, more
- Colors – blue, green, yellow, red, brown, orange, gold & silver
- Money – dollars, cents, cost
- Animals – cat, dog, bird, horse, cow, sheep, pig, bug
Here’s a great video on the sign language alphabet.
MY DAD LIKE[s] COLD PIZZA.
MY MOM LIKE[s] CHURCH.
[The] HE-(point off to your side) BOY LIKE[s] HOT-DOG[s].
[The] SHE-(point) GIRL WANT[s] [to] FOOD [eat].
[The] THOSE-2 BOY [and] GIRL FUTURE [will] MARRIAGE [get married].
MY BROTHER LIKE HOT WASH-(body) [bath].
MY SISTER LIKE[s] SCHOOL.
MY GRANDMA HAVE [ has a] GREEN COAT.
PAST [last] YEAR MY GRANDPA WORK [ed].
MY AUNT SLEEP HER UNDERWEAR.
MY UNCLE DIVORCE.
SHE HAPPY BABY!
SHE (the) GIRL (is) SINGLE
MY MOM-DAD (parents) (are) SEPARATE(d).
I FINISH(ed) MY HOME-WORK.
I DRIVE-to SCHOOL.
I GO (to the) STORE.
I PAST GO (went to) CHURCH WITH MY BOY-MARRIAGE (husband).
PAST (last) WEEK I SLEEP IN MY CAR.
PAST (last) NIGHT (it was) COLD OUT (outside).