Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom by Kirsten Dennis, Tressa Azpiri | | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom

Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom

by Kirsten Dennis, Tressa Azpiri
     
 

ISBN-10: 1929610696

ISBN-13: 9781929610693

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: Redleaf Press


Everyone is talking about signing with young children. As a form of early communication for infants and toddlers, or as a transitioning tool for children just beginning to speak, the benefits of signing with hearing children are endless.

Sign to Learn is the first complete introduction to sign language curriculum for hearing preschoolers. In this unique

Overview


Everyone is talking about signing with young children. As a form of early communication for infants and toddlers, or as a transitioning tool for children just beginning to speak, the benefits of signing with hearing children are endless.

Sign to Learn is the first complete introduction to sign language curriculum for hearing preschoolers. In this unique resource, you will learn how to integrate American Sign Language (ASL) into your classroom to enhance the academic, social, and emotional development of children, and how to respectfully introduce children to Deaf culture.

This comprehensive, fully illustrated curriculum contains captivating activities and lesson plans grouped by themes, including feelings, food, seasons, animals, songs, and families. Sign to Learn also contains strategies for using sign language with children with special needs and in multilingual classrooms, and it describes how ASL can assist you in developing a literacy program and in managing your classroom.

Information-rich appendices include a thorough ASL illustration index, sample letters to families, and resources for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929610693
Publisher:
Redleaf Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,150,097
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Sign Language Terms4
Chapter 1History of American Sign Language5
What Is Deafness?5
How Did American Sign Language Develop?6
Why Was American Sign Language Controversial?6
How Was American Sign Language Finally Accepted?7
How Did This Change Deaf Education?7
Chapter 2Research on Teaching Sign Language to Hearing Children9
Deaf and Hearing Students Together9
Children with Special Needs10
Second-Language Learners10
Babies and Toddlers10
Early Literacy11
Chapter 3Guiding Principles of the American Sign Language Curriculum13
Start Early13
Start Simple14
Make It Fun14
Make It Meaningful14
Include Information about People Who Are Deaf15
Use American Sign Language15
Use Existing Classroom Materials15
Include All Teachers and Staff Members16
Share with Families16
Relax!16
Signs for "It's Raining, It's Pouring"17
Chapter 4Teaching and Learning about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture19
Why Teach about Deafness and Deaf Culture?19
Learning about Deaf Culture20
Teaching about Deaf Culture22
Learning American Sign Language23
Lesson Plan-"Sign Time"27
Chapter 5American Sign Language in an Early Childhood Literacy Program29
Why It Works29
How to Include ASL in an Early Childhood Literacy Program30
Literacy Signs33
Chapter 6American Sign Language for Classroom Management37
Engage Your Students37
Effectively Redirect Behavior38
Establish Routines38
Ease Transitions38
Address Different Learning Styles39
Increase Communication with Children with Special Needs39
Create a Common Language in a Multilingual Classroom40
Help Children Understand and Express Feelings40
Clam the Classroom40
Build Community41
Classroom Management Signs41
Chapter 7Thematic Lesson Plans49
The ASL Illustrations49
Unit Order50
Introducing ASL Vocabulary50
Using Children's Books50
Songs50
A Final Word51
Feelings53
Family65
School87
Food103
Colors119
Seasons133
Community Helpers159
Animals175
Appendix IAmerican Sign Language Illustration Index188
Appendix IISample Letter to Families191
Appendix IIIReferences192
Appendix IVResources193

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