Learning Jar Week One: American Sign Language

Week One Update:

The fearless learners dove into the jar this past Monday, and pulled out American Sign Language as our first thing to focus on. We had a lot of fun with this one.

Toward the end of this past school year, we had started incorporating a bit of ASL into our day. The kids have a lot of fun quizzing each other and me on ASL signs. This week, we reviewed some of the things we’d previously learned and were able to add some new signs. I tried to convince my camera ham children to do a video for you all to show some of what they’d learned, but they were struck with a sudden case of stage fright. Or rather they just didn’t feel like sitting still. One or the other ;). 

Here are a few things we learned and reviewed as well as the links we used. YouTube is not a substitute for an instructor in ASL, but it was a fun way to introduce my kids to this beautiful language, as well as open a discussion about how all people are different. Different needs. Different abilities and strengths. And the importance of taking a little time to learn someone else’s language

ASL alphabet/ finger spelling one’s name: https://youtu.be/lYhAAMDQl-Q

Introduction and courtesy signs https://youtu.be/Raa0vBXA8OQ  

My name is__________.

What’s your name?

Nice to meet you.


Thank you


How are you? (and answers to that question)

Counting: https://youtu.be/0LIV0miyxR8 and https://youtu.be/DL_7fooUJ20

Days of the Week: https://youtu.be/bhD6QC1IEOs

Signs for animals: https://youtu.be/urGIbCsCgNg 

Emergency assistance and courtesy signs: https://youtu.be/b0KfTPe00y8

A Brief History of ASL: https://youtu.be/aqF5puZL57o

Youtube videos by Bill Vicars are also really great, but they are a little lengthy for my kids’ attention span. https://www.youtube.com/user/billvicars

So that’s a little bit about week one of our learning adventure.

Drum roll>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Week Two’s Focus is……………………..

HYDROGEN (This learning suggestion came from my chemistry obsessed 8 yr. old)

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