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Sign of the Day - CELEBRATION
Blog Articles by: John Miller
Learning Tips | Monday, June 30, 2014
Summer is HERE! For most children this means a break from school and fun in the sun with long summer days playing with friends. Unfortunately, for many deaf and hard of hearing children, these weeks away from school can mean days without good communication. They will still have great summer days of play with friends and picnics with family, but often times communicating at home can be more of a struggle than at school – signing skills may not be as good at home and neighborhood children do their best, but just don’t have the knowledge or vocabulary to be very effective.
These situations happen all too often, leaving deaf children to fill in lots of blanks and they are not always able to get the whole picture. Luckily, there are some proactive things that you can do to better prepare your deaf child and their friends for communicating this summer.
Here are 5 ways for kids to communicate easier with sign language this summer:
- Talk to the neighborhood kids, ask them what they plan to do ahead of time so you can go over rules to games, or describe some of the activities to your child before sending them off to play for the day.
- Share some of the quick survival signs with your child’s playmates so that they can do some very basic communication.
- Introduce signing as something fun and interesting - a “secret” way to communicate in public, something that sets them apart from others in a positive way.
- Create some standard Signing Savvy word lists and email the links to family and friends so they can easily pick up some new vocabulary and common signs that you use.
- Encourage your child to play “teacher” and to pick a new sign of of the day everyday to use regularly and teach others. If they are already a good signer, it may be a sign they use often or a sign they really want others to learn to use. If they are still learning to sign, encourage them to pick a new sign to learn and use for the day (they can search for a sign on Signing Savvy). This will gradually introduce neighbors, friends, family, and the child to more vocabulary throughout the summer. Sign language is a beautiful language that the child can share with others and teaching others is the best way to learn and remember new signs.
Summer is a time to really enjoy the days with your child. Give them exciting and interesting experiences that they can learn from and remember forever. The only way a deaf child is able to properly remember things is to categorize their experiences into memories. Strong communication is an important part of this process.
Do you have other suggestions on how to improve communication over the summer? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Learning Tips | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sing it or sign it, either way the Beatles knew what they were talking about there!
We thought it would be appropriate with Valentine’s Day this weekend to share our blog covering all the different ways to show LOVE... in sign language that is!
NOTE: You can also download this Poster (PDF) and print it.
Many people know and use the sign for I LOVE YOU. This sign is used universally throughout the country and the world. We see it all over television, at sporting events and during "shout outs" to our mothers. The sign is actually the combination of the fingerspelled letters I, L and Y.
I have had people ask why the sign looks similar to the one that some people hold up at rock concerts, where the thumb is held down and the pointer finger and the little finger are held up. It is NOT the same. Remember, the thumb of the Y hand has to be present in order for you to be signing the I LOVE YOU sign.
Another sign that gets confused with the I LOVE YOU sign is the Hawaiian "shaka" sign meaning aloha, hang loose, or right on. Interestingly, this is also the ASL sign for YELLOW. Again, this is a different sign, as it leaves out the pointer finger. It is basically just shaking the Y hand.
The actual sign for LOVE is both arms folded across the chest. That is to show love or have love for another person or animal, etc.
Another sign for LOVE that you will see on the site is the kissing of the back of the S hand, then pulling it away from the mouth. This is a sign that is generally used to show a passion for something, like a certain type of food or a type of music.
Some people have asked why we don’t list the I LOVE YOU sign under the sign for LOVE on our site. It is because they are different signs and we don’t want new signers to confuse the single I LOVE YOU handshape with the general meanings and uses of the word LOVE. We don’t want you to confuse the signs and use the I LOVE YOU sign in a place where you really mean to just say LOVE.
An example of this would be this sentence: My mother loves to travel. You wouldn’t want to say: MOTHER + MINE + I LOVE YOU + TRAVEL (It just doesn’t make sense.) You need to use the sign LOVE there.
Another example sentence: I love to eat deep dish pizza! You wouldn’t want to say: PIZZA + THICK + I LOVE YOU + EAT. You need to use the kissing the back of the hand version of LOVE in this instance.
I hope that clears up some of your LOVE issues! Spread the LOVE and Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Signing Savvy!
Learning Tips | Tuesday, December 10, 2013
General Interest | Thursday, December 5, 2013
General Interest | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
With Halloween next week, the countdown to Halloween has officially begun!
We asked everyone on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page what their favorite "seasonal signs" are. And the survey says…
Check out the Sign of the Day from now to Halloween to see each of these signs featured as we countdown to Halloween.
Join the conversation on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page or tell us your favorite seasonal sign for Halloween by leaving a comment below.