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Free Membership for Teachers

Free Membership for Teachers

By Jillian Winn  |  Friday, May 1, 2020

We got an email from a teacher at a Deaf and hard of hearing program who is being asked to move her ASL class online. She has used Signing Savvy, but has never been a member and is hoping the member features, like the ability to create word lists will help her with her online teaching. With offices closed down, it will be a long process to purchase a membership through her school, and she really needs to find solutions now.
Tips for Teachers: Using Signing Savvy to Transition Your Sign Language Course Online

Tips for Teachers: Using Signing Savvy to Transition Your Sign Language Course Online

By John Miller  |  Monday, March 16, 2020

Teachers that have traditionally taught their courses in a face to face format have encountered an extra challenge during the COVID-19 time period. Whether you are an elementary teacher working with deaf children, a high school teacher meeting the foreign language requirement through American Sign Language, or working at the college or university level teaching ASL or interpreter training, Signing Savvy can be an amazing resource to get your students the information they need in order to continue their learning while NOT directly in front of you.
Tips for Teachers: Creating Lessons Using Word Lists

Tips for Teachers: Creating Lessons Using Word Lists

By John Miller  |  Monday, March 16, 2020

Word lists are a powerful feature on Signing Savvy that can be utilized as you develop online learning materials. When developing sign language lessons for my online courses, I typically following these steps...
Tips for Parents: Sign Language Learning Tools You Can Use with Kids Home from School

Tips for Parents: Sign Language Learning Tools You Can Use with Kids Home from School

By Jillian Winn  |  Sunday, March 15, 2020

Where I live in Michigan, our Governor has declared all K-12 schools to close from March 16 to April 5. This causes all types of stresses for parents – work, childcare, meals, and financial stresses. Not to mention, feeling fully unprepared for making sure your child doesn’t academically fall behind during this extended time away from school...
Signing Children’s Books: A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

Signing Children’s Books: A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner is an illustrated fantasy exploration book of the English language and how fun, yet confusing, it can be for a child (or foreign speaker) to navigate through as they learn the language. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.
Signing Children’s Books: Corduroy

Signing Children’s Books: Corduroy

By John Miller  |  Friday, May 17, 2019

Corduroy by Don Freeman is a beloved classic. It is about a cute, little bear in a department store that so wants to find his forever home with a child. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.
Signing Children’s Books: Little Brown

Signing Children’s Books: Little Brown

By John Miller  |  Friday, May 10, 2019

Little Brown by Marla Frazee is a delightful little story about dogs and their goofy behavior. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.
Signing Children’s Books: Maisy’s Colors

Signing Children’s Books: Maisy’s Colors

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Maisy’s Colors by Lucy Cousins is chunky book that is simple and filled with colors for little ones just beginning to learn about the world. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.
Signing Children’s Books: Time For Bed

Signing Children’s Books: Time For Bed

By John Miller  |  Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time For Bed is a classic book by Mem Fox, with beautiful illustrations by Jane Dyer. It explores it's way through different pairs of baby and adult animals, showing them all getting ready to sleep. It is a great language tool to teach the names for baby animals and begin discussions about how they rest at night, just like we do. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.
Signing Children’s Books: My Animals

Signing Children’s Books: My Animals

By John Miller  |  Friday, March 29, 2019

My Animals by Xavier Deneux is a very simple animal book. The entire book is in black and white. Research shows that an infant’s ability to see colors is not fully developed at birth, but rather matures between five and six months of age. The book is discussed and paired with a pre-built Signing Savvy word list to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book.