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Signing Children’s Books: The Napping House

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, January 24, 2019

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

The Napping House is well-loved children’s classic "build upon" book. Kids love these kinds of books, where there is repetition and humor accompanied by beautiful, engaging pictures. This husband/wife team have written and illustrated many wonderful children’s books that continue to offer fun and excitement to the genre of Children’s literature.

This book has so many things you can do with it to explore language and keep the conversation going. My students love to act out the book, whether it is physically acting it out with their classmates, or using toys. There is a 3-D storybook version of The Napping House that includes small pieces your children can use to act out the story, but you may also have toys or items around the house that you can use.

I also had an artist friend do some awesome drawings (see below) so the students could work on their sequencing skills after reading the book.

Drawings to go with The Napping House

You can take some simple images of a Granny, boy, dog, cat, mouse, and flea, then have your children put them in order, first through sixth, that the characters entered the bed in the story. Have them use their math skills to add up how many characters are in the bed as the story progresses. Here is a great example of how to do this.

The book also has many ways to cover the concept of sleep (slumbering, snoozing, dozing, dreaming, snoring), so it lends itself to a nice discussion about how there can be different ways to show all these concepts through sign, that may involve acting out or some creative drama.

There is even a short, 5-minute video on Amazon Prime that tells the story of The Napping House.

There are many, MANY things to do that are fun and exciting! You can even find free printables and activities from the authors. If you are looking for more ideas, there are a lot of activities on Pinterest that go with The Napping House.

I hope through The Napping House pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children.

So come explore this house, a napping house, where everyone is sleeping…

Word List for The Napping House

View word list of ASL signs for the book The Napping House

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Signing Children’s Books: Piggies

Learning Tips   |  Friday, January 18, 2019

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

In the book Piggies, Audrey and Don Wood created a beautiful take on classic finger play. The illustrations show cute little pigs dancing and playing on the tips of hands. Hands covered in mittens, bubbles, and even mud! The pictures are so creative, your little ones will want to look at the photos for hours!

The creators of the book have been nice enough to provide you access to illustrations for the kids to color and do activities of their own. Get free printables from the authors. Through Pinterest, you can also find many different fun and exciting Piggies learning activities to do with the children to extend their use of language and creativity.

I hope through the Piggies pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children.

Word List for Piggies

View word list of ASL signs for the book Piggies

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Signing Children’s Books: Goodnight Moon

Learning Tips   |  Friday, January 11, 2019

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

Goodnight Moon is one of the first books every new parent reads to their little ones. It's simple and a classic. It has a copyright of 1947, yet it still remains on the best seller list today! Children love it!

I've found multiple activities over the years to do with this book. The activities work on vocabulary, counting skills and just explore the literature deeper. Here are several ideas for activities to do related to Goodnight Moon on Pinterest to help you get started.

My hope is that through the Goodnight Moon pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children.

Word List for Goodnight Moon

View word list of ASL signs for the book Goodnight Moon

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Cooking Up Language with Signs: Banana Monkey Bread

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, January 3, 2019

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Cooking Up Language With Signs” series, which features a recipe and accompanying sign language word list to get you started on an interactive cooking activity that is great for spicing up language learning at home or in the classroom.

What’s cookin’?

Today I’m cooking up Banana Monkey Bread. I chose this recipe as I was working on the article and word list for Signing Children’s Books: Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed. This is a great recipe to pair with the book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. I LOVE Monkey Bread, but you can also find plenty of different activities to do online that can easily be connected to the Five Little Monkeys book series.

Banana Monkey Bread

Start by spraying a bundt cake pan with cooking spray and then arrange the sliced bananas in the bottom of the pan. The bananas you just put in the bottom of the pan, will become the top of the monkey bread when you flip it after baking! This always confuses and amuses the kids!

Banana step for Banana Monkey Bread

The recipe I use calls for 2 cans of Pillsbury Grands biscuits, however, I ended up using one can of Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers biscuits and then one can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. Using the can of cinnamon rolls gave me frosting to drizzle over the bread ring after it finished baking.

Open the biscuits and cinnamon rolls and pull them apart into separate biscuits / rolls. Cut them into quarters (or 4 pieces each). This can also be a little math lesson. You can work together to figure out how one biscuit / roll can be divided into 1/4, 2/4 (1/2), 3/4, and 4/4 (whole).

Now you'll coat your biscuits / rolls in cinnamon sugar. Make the cinnamon sugar in a large bowl by stirring together 1 cup of granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Roll each biscuit / roll piece in the sugar mixture. Then arrange the cinnamon sugar coated dough evenly over the bananas in your pan. Top with the remaining 1 1/2 bananas sliced.

Dough step for Banana Monkey Bread

In a medium, microwavable bowl, microwave 1 cup of butter on high until melted. Add 1/2 cup of the leftover cinnamon sugar mixture and 1/2 cup light brown sugar and beat with a whisk until combined. Pour mixture evenly over the biscuit pieces in the pan.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Let stand at least 5 minutes.

Bake step for Banana Monkey Bread

Place large plate on top of the pan and flip over and let the bread slide out of the pan. Put frosting from the can of cinnamon rolls on top of the monkey bread. ENJOY!!

Recipe

Enjoy making this tasty Banana Monkey Bread. Use the pre-built word list created to go along with the recipe to help you as you make this recipe.

Banana Monkey Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 6

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Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
  3. Slice bananas and arrange half of them (1 1/2 bananas) in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Open the cans of biscuits and cinnamon rolls and pull them apart into separate biscuits / rolls. Cut them into quarters (or 4 pieces each).
  5. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Roll biscuit and cinnamon rolls pieces in the sugar mixture; arrange evenly over bananas in the pan.
  6. Top with the remaining sliced bananas (1 1/2 bananas).
  7. In a medium, microwavable bowl, microwave 1 cup butter on high until melted. Add 1/2 cup of the leftover cinnamon sugar mixture and 1/2 cup light brown sugar; beat with a whisk until combined. Pour mixture evenly over the dough pieces.
  8. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
  9. Let stand at least 5 minutes.
  10. Place large plate on top of the pan and flip over and let the bread slide out of the pan.
  11. Put frosting from the can of cinnamon rolls on top of the monkey bread.

Word List for Banana Monkey Bread

View word list of ASL signs for Banana Monkey Bread

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Signing Children’s Books: Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

Learning Tips   |  Wednesday, January 2, 2019

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a classic counting nursery rhyme / song that has been turned into a series of books. It's a perfect beginner book for young children and new signers because of it's repetitive nature.

There are many activities you can do along with this book. This is a great story to use finger puppets or toy props with for imaginary play and practicing counting and sequencing. 

         

Reading the book is also a great time to talk about the bedtime routine. The monkeys take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and say goodnight, all before the jumping starts. If you are telling the story at bedtime and have done all of these things already to get ready for bed, you can ask your little one if they did the activity after signing what the monkeys did. For example, “Five little monkeys brushed their teeth… did you brush your teeth?” There is even a Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed board game you can play with your children (although maybe not at bedtime!) that also has you act out each bedtime routine while playing.

There is a short, 3-minute video on Amazon Prime that tells the story of the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

The author went on to develop a series featuring these same characters, so children can revisit their favorite monkey siblings as they read in bed, bake a birthday cake, sit in a tree, play hide-and-seek, go shopping, wash a car or with nothing to do.

For a great recipe that goes with the theme of this book, see my article Cooking Up Language with Signs: Banana Monkey Bread.

I hope through the Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children.

Word List for Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

View word list of ASL signs for the book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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