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.
How are you? (and answers to that question)
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)