There are a multitude of reasons to introduce hearing children to American Sign Language, currently the third most-used language in the United States. Babies and young children who are taught basic signing typically have a stronger bond with their parents; young children who sign show increased self confidence and enthusiasm for learning, and studies have even shown significantly higher IQs as a result of using sign language. Once Upon a Sign: Using American Sign Language to Engage, Entertain, and Teach All Children contains an introduction to using American Sign Language in the library, suggested program ideas for infants and toddlers (and their parents), as well as suggestions for school-age children, 'tweens, and even teens. By showing librarians and other educators how to integrate American Sign Language into their lapsit, preschool storytime, and 'tween/teen programs, this text will benefit not only the hearing children that constitute the majority of patrons, but also help hearing impaired and deaf children feel welcome and appreciated in the library.The approach in this book is to use one or two new signs to start with and add more after you know them and are comfortable with them. Words and their accompanying signs will have more meaning to young children than showing them a letter and its manual sign. You want ... This way you can model how to form each sign the correct way. ... You may then remind them as you read that you are only using one hand because you are holding the book, but that they should use two hands.
|Title||:||Once Upon a Sign: Using American Sign Language to Engage, Entertain, and Teach All Children|
|Publisher||:||ABC-CLIO - 2010-11-11|