Homeschooling Early Learning with Sign Language FUN!








Summary:  How sign language can enhance your early learning in your homeschool.  Five frugal sign language resources are included, which provide hands-on learning fun for your kids.  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 looking for some easy to do indoor activities for 

summer, when it's raining or just too hot to play outside?  

How about learning and playing with a little sign 

language? 


One summer, my daughter wanted to learn sign 

language. 


Learning sign language turned out to be not only a 

fun summer 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 gifted, 

2e daughter.


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

can learn the alphabet and their numbers through sign 

language.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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Learning and playing with sign language is a great way to 

enhance academic early learning because it is literally 

hands-on. 

It gives excellent sensory feedback to young 

learners, who may learn best through tactile channels.


Especially for kids who have sensory or attentional 

issues, sign language can be great way to reinforce 

their academics.


8 Benefits of Learning 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.


9. Learning to sign can also improve spelling.


FRUGAL RESOURCES FOR SIGN LANGUAGE

I found five frugal resources, that were solid and a lot of fun to use.  

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

Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together

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 summer days, it 

also gave my daughter great practice in small motor and 

visual processing skills, and more. 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.  



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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