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Signs, Signs, EVERYWHERE!

Signs, Signs, EVERYWHERE!

By John Miller
Friday, December 11, 2009

In many preschool or early childhood classes you walk into the room and you see the written words for different objects around the room everywhere. A chair has the word CHAIR on it, the cupboards are marked with the words PUZZLES, GAMES, PAINT etc... to indicate their contents, all in an effort to teach the children the written words for the different objects from their environment that they interact with everyday. To teach signs, do the same thing! You ...
Optional Ads for Members

Optional Ads for Members

By Jillian Winn
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Signing Savvy members now have the ability to turn off advertising if they wish. You can do so by changing the preference within your account settings.Learn more about the many premium members-only features on the about ...
Conceptually Correct Signs

Conceptually Correct Signs

By John Miller
Friday, November 13, 2009

Consider the following sentences: I won’t stand for this! You need to stand up please. This flag stands for freedom. In each of these statements the word STAND is used. It is spelled the exact same way, pronounced the exact same way, yet it has VERY different meanings in each of it’s uses above. Now one form of sign language, Signing Exact English, would tell you to sign the word STAND the same in all three sentences because of their 2 out of 3 ...
Our Features Explained in Video

Our Features Explained in Video

By Jillian Winn
Sunday, November 8, 2009

We try to make our many features as easy to understand and use as possible, BUT we know more explanation for some of our features is long overdue. We often get questions such as how do I create my own word list? How does the phrase builder work? How do I setup virtual flash cards and quizzes? How do I print multiple words on the same sheet of paper? To address this, we have made a series of screencast recordings! We ...
The Guy in the Blue Shirt

The Guy in the Blue Shirt

By John Miller
Thursday, November 5, 2009

My name is John. Yes, I am the guy in the blue shirt shown in the videos on Signing Savvy. Since the launch of the Signing Savvy site last January, I have had several people ask me about my background. I learned to sign at a young age, not because I was deaf, but because I had a deaf neighbor and friend who I wanted to communicate more effectively with. From this point forward, learning to sign and communication ...
Membership without PayPal

Membership without PayPal

By Jillian Winn
Friday, October 23, 2009

When we first launched Signing Savvy we used PayPal for all of our payment processing. PayPal is one of the most trusted methods of transferring money on the Internet. However, we have had several users ask if they could pay directly for membership without having a PayPal account. Good news! We now accept credit card payments directly through the Signing Savvy website! That is, you can pay without using PayPal. Of course, if you prefer to pay with PayPal, ...
Teaching Babies to Sign

Teaching Babies to Sign

By John Miller
Saturday, September 19, 2009

Research has shown that a child's muscles in the hands and fingers develop at a faster rate than those in the mouth and jaw. Basically this shows us that a child is better equipped at a young age to sign before they can speak. Because of this many people are choosing to teach their infants to use sign language as an early form of communication. It has been known to cut down on the amount of frustration on the part ...
RSS Feed Now Available of Signing Savvy Blog

RSS Feed Now Available of Signing Savvy Blog

By Jillian Winn
Friday, September 18, 2009

We now have a RSS feed (What is RSS?) of the Signing Savvy blog. Feel free to link to it in your RSS readers or pull the feed into your own ...
Word List Improvements

Word List Improvements

By Jillian Winn
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today we enhanced the member ability to create word lists. Previously, once you created a word list, you could add words to the word list by searching for them and then selected your word list from the Add to Word list drop down menu on the page of the sign you wanted to add. While this feature still remains, there is now a much easier way to add words to your word list. You can now add a whole list ...
Does it matter what hand you use?

Does it matter what hand you use?

By John Miller
Thursday, September 10, 2009

When signing, it does not matter if you sign as left-hand or right-hand dominant. The biggest thing to remember is to pick which hand you want to use as the dominant hand and stick with it. You should not switch back and forth between dominant hands. Most signers will be able to understand your signs no matter which hand you use as the dominant hand. I am actually left-handed but choose to use my right hand as the more dominant hand ...