We have been reading The Year of Miss Agnes as our latest read aloud. When we got to the part in the book where Miss Agnes starts to teach a deaf child sign language, my children all decided that they should learn sign language as well.
Since it was our normal library day anyway, we searched for library books to help us learn. Not only did we find some very helpful library books, but we also remembered a DVD series we watched many years ago.
I personally love how motions are related to each other like the difference between mother and grandmother or father and grandfather.
Here are the books we have enjoyed so far:
Time to Sign: Sign Language for Kids is the easiest of the three books we found. The pictures are all in color, and there is not a lot of writing per page. My non-reading child finds this one to be the easiest and can learn just from looking at the pictures. This book doesn’t have as many words as the other two, but does have over 100 pages of signs. There aren’t any Christian signs in this book. An index is included if you are looking for a particular sign.
Sign Language for Kids: A Fun & Easy Guide to American Sign Language is a larger book of signs. It’s only in black and white. While there are diagrams of the signs, sometimes I needed the description too in order to figure out how to make the sign. This book’s larger selection includes geography and science terms as well as Christian terms.
Signing for Kids, Expanded Edition has actual photographs of children making the signs. This book is in between the first two in it’s number of vocabulary terms. It does include some Christian words and even has a brief page about how to put together a sign language sentence.
The kids and I have enjoyed looking up a word in all three books to verify we know what we are doing.
The DVD series we found:
Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs DVD is the first in a collection called Signing Time. The Signing Time DVDs are grouped into 2 series, each with 13 DVDs. They actually make Baby Signing Time DVDs as well. Our library does not have all of these DVDs, but we have enjoyed the first two we got in the last week. These DVDs are aimed at young children so they may seem a bit juvenile for some kids. I like how the DVD repeats a sign a number of times to give you practice. If you don’t want to watch the entire DVD, there actually is a “practice” time you can select from the menu to just review all the signs used in the DVD. It is sometimes helpful to actually see someone making the signs instead of just looking at pictures in a book.