Now that you have learned a few simple words. Let’s learn some simple action words!
Many times we need words to for every day activities.
Starting with words appropriate for all ages:
GO TO THE BATHROOM (POTTY)
SHAKE your WRIST with the “T” handshape
SLEEP (Young Child Sign)
For Older Students:
To WANT (pull hands towards you)
PRACTICE: Now that you can spell finish these signed sentences
1- I (point to self) EAT ________
2- I (point to self) DRINK______
I (am) GOING to ____________
Also, fingerspell these places :
EXTENDED LEARNING: This sign has an X handshake but none of the words it can convey in ASL start with the letter X. Which words (there are at least 5) can you make with this handshake? (Hint: One word this can communicate is TO NEED)
1- TO NEED
Recommended viewing for older students and adults: (note mature themes)
Children of a Lesser God
Beyond Silence – German / English subtitles/ German Sign Language
This year – start your BACK to SCHOOL planning with FREE Sign Language Programming from SIGNING FAMILIES!
Am I kidding? Free lesson plans??
This year I have decided to offer via my educational platform – SIGNING FAMILIES – a FREE series of beginner sign language classes. These classes will be “subscription only” but FREE to all who register.
The intended audiences are as follows:
Special Needs Support Staff (such as behavioral specialists)
What to expect:
Each lesson starts with target vocabulary by age. Preschoolers will get simple words to learn while older students will be instructed to more enriched vocabulary, the alphabet, numbers and grammatical concepts.
For all students discussions about Deafness is encouraged. Resources are offered.
How to present the material, videos, downloadable photos and images and creative ideas to practice – all are part of the lesson plans.
Lastly, an opportunity to exchange ideas by asking questions will be a feature!
Once you subscribe the access codes to the lessons, as they become available, will be emailed to you.
There is no “hidden agenda” to this offer. Simply to educate more people about sign language.
I have seen so many positive outcomes when people know sign language – even the basics. If you like the idea, but don’t want or need lesson plans for sign language instruction – please consider sharing this information. Who knows?! – An educator may happen upon your post and love the idea!
Questions? Please use this contact form to ask any questions!
I will not sell my list of subscribers to any company. Your info is kept private!
The same signs found in the downloadable document also are included in these open captioned sign language videos from my YouTube Channel (Please go check out my channel and many other sign language videos!).
Each year Signing Families, the company I founded nearly a decade ago, adds new videos to our free online catalog available on YouTube. This year we are creating more sign language videos dedicated to the topic of travel! Learn signs for countries, ways to travel and more!
This series of videos will be focused on helping novice and intermediate sign language learners acquire basic vocabulary. Also, intended for those in hospitality management who may wish to learn how to communicate with Deaf patrons.
In addition, we will add information about Deaf travel opportunities. (Did you know that there are specific tour companies dedicated to travel with Deaf clientele?)
If you have a Deaf owned travel company or any other suggestions about this series- please comment below!
Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! So many reason to learn!
Where to start?
First, set aside up to five minutes a day to learn some basic sign language and practice! If you subscribe to my Youtube channel you will receive reminders every time a new video is uploaded. Secondly, if you are so inclined, please share these one minute videos with others. And lastly, enjoy the journey of learning this visual language.
On October 16th at 10:16 in the morning, I will be joining the 9.2 million Californians and 19 million worldwide (and counting) individuals who are planning on stopping EVERYTHING to participate in the SHAKE OUT earthquake and tsunami drill!
Registration is EASY and the whole drill only takes a few minutes.
WOW – five minutes to practice how to be safe when a disaster strikes!
And, for you non-west coast folks – don’t think that earthquakes are just “our thing”. If memory recalls correctly – one of the most recent earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 5.0 in the United States happened in Virginia!
Here is the PSA I made in sign language with open captions to help keep everyone safe, including those in our Deaf and HOH communities!
In 2006 I officially launched SigningFamilies.com. Since that time we added to the website and revised it several times. TODAY, I am proud to announce the official launch of SigningFamilies.com with a fresh and sleek new look! (And to match we changed our WORDPRESS theme, too!)
WHY? Over the years my focus has expanded. I use to be one of the many “baby sign language’ companies out there, although I took a more developmental psychology approach with our DVD and courses aimed at teaching language models. Of course, we also offered programs and products for people who wanted to learn the basics of sign language.
However, it became more and more important to me to provide quality information, workshops and affordable products to not only parents, but to many other groups, too!
First Responders, Community Responders (CERT), Law Enforcement and EMS (including Fire Departments). I totally admire the work of our emergency and disaster response providers and it is a privilege each and every time I speak to these brave and dedicated organizations. Thank you all.
Educators. I recognize that educators work in a variety of milieus- including as home educators / homeschool teachers. I appreciate that teachers are in need of affordable and accessible materials as they often need to shoulder the responsibility of purchasing classroom materials themselves. Therefore, I try to offer many items, such as YouTube videos, FREE and communication charts, inexpensively.
Community Organizations From hospitality management to those who are in the entertainment industry, it has been my pleasure to consult and provide resources. I especially have enjoyed educating people in our communities about how special populations often use sign language, as well. Many are surprised to find out that the Autism and Down Syndrome communities use sign language, too. Sign is not only for the Deaf!
KIDS! I have worked with thousands of children over the years. There is nothing like the joy and enthusiasm of a young child learning to sign for the first time!
What is NEW about SigningFamilies.com?!
To start, we have made it (we hope) easier to find content and specific information about workshops and products.