Homeschool Preschool/K with Sign Language Frugal Resources





Summary:  How sign language can enhance your early learning in your homeschool.  Five frugal sign language resources that help your preschoolers/K learn language skills..  Note - This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.



Are you homeschooling preschool or K and wanting to do it frugally?

Easy to learn basic sign language can be a fun, hands-on way for your littles to learn early language skills.


Are you also looking for some easy to do indoor activities for fall or winter this year?


Learning and playing with sign language is a great way to 

enhance academic early learning because it is literally 

hands-on. 


It turned out to be not only a fun afternoon time activity for us. 

it also enhanced the early learning that my daughter had done, that year.  

And it was full of great sensory input for my very active 2e daughter.

It is great for little fingers, as kids who are in preschool can learn:

  • hand shapes teach the A,B, C's
  • increase attention spans
  • visual perception for pre-reading
  • their numbers
  • make math more fun
  • great for sensory kids
  • tactile learning!

Older kids learning sign language

  • improve spelling
  • teach grammar

It is also great for older kids and teens, as they can begin to develop their own signing skills, to use with each other, and in the community, with deaf individuals. 


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5 FRUGAL RESOURCES FOR SIGN 

LANGUAGE


1.  - You Can Learn Sign Language -The first resource we found was this little book, by Scholastic.

You Can Learn Sign Language


This was just the ticket for us.  

It had a large variety of signs, in fact, over 300 signs, with easy to follow instructions, and colorful, clear photos of kids demonstrating each sign.  

It is written by experts in the field of deafness and American Sign Language (ASL), which is the true language of the deaf. To read more about this little book from Scholastic, click here.




Another resource that we liked was a frugal set of flashcards called Sign Language Flash Cards from Carson-Deliosa.  

It includes 105 illustrated cards that taught the signs for numbers, letters, and some very basic common words that are meaningful to kids.

AND here are the signs for THANK YOU and PLEASE. What a fun way to practice manners!
from Sign Language Flash Cards

For more information on this resource, click here.


3.  - Little Hands Big Hands -by Kathy MacMillan


This great little resource, for little ones up to age 5, was written by a certified ASL interpreter, who also has taught sign language for many years.  

It includes games, finger plays, songs and crafts to help build language skills through sign language fun.



A great resource, from www.lifeprint.com, done as a youtube video, with 100 basic signs to learn.  

They also offer another great beginning video in American Sign Language, which I listed below.



Also by Lifeprint, this Youtube video offers 100 basic words, clearly demonstrated by two signers.  I loved watching this video.  

Sign language not only added a lot to our days. The best part about it was that she didn't even know that was  happening...She 
was just having fun signing, and was busy teaching her dad 
the signs at dinner.  


Why do sign language?


1.  Learning the alphabet in sign 
language, is a great way for kinesthetic 
learners to master the ABC's.


2.  Learning number signs enhances your 
math program, and makes counting more fun.


3.  Learning signs helps build memory skills.


4.  Signing is fun!  It can be a nice break from your 
regular school work, and build confidence, as your 
kids learn a new sign, and share it with others.


5.  Kids can learn how grammar works, by learning how
to put together words in ASL, and that they follow
a different order than that of English.  


6.   Learning sign helps to build fine motor 
coordination for handwriting.

7.  Sign language can help develop visual spatial skills that 
are important for learning to read.


8. Signs can be used to help teach your kids
about emotions, as they learn the signs for their feelings.



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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