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Signing Children’s Books: Olivia

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, March 14, 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.

Olivia by Ian Falconer is a popular children’s book. It’s a New York Times #1 bestseller and it is an Caldecott Honor Book, one of the most prestigious American children’s book awards.

This is a cute little tale of a young pig named Olivia. She is a very confident little pig that looks at life through a very interesting lens. Children love this book and the author has gone on to expand the character into many books exploring all kinds of adventures. This first book takes you through Olivia’s day, introducing you to her family, and shows you how she interacts with her surroundings.  It’s a great introduction to a very loveable character.

Extension Activities

Interestingly, 2019 is the Chinese year of the pig. So if you are looking for some activities and literature related to pigs, this is a great, classic children’s book to check out.

You can find printable pages and activities related to the book Olivia, as well as activities about the Chinese year of the pig on Pinterest.

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I hope through the Olivia word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. You can also bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book.

Word List for Olivia

View word list of ASL signs for the book Olivia

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Signing Children’s Books: Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, March 7, 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.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley is another great book to sign with your children. It is a fun, non-scary way to discuss Monsters. This is a simple "take away/add to" book that is creatively put together so the readers see the image in the book transform as you turn each page. Young readers are always intrigued by the visual effects, but older readers enjoy it as well.

Learning Colors in ASL

This book focuses on vocabulary related to parts of the face and colors. We have a word list of colors and a handout of colors to help you review colors with your children.

Colors in American Sign Language (ASL)

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Extension Activities

There are a ton of really cute teaching activities that have been created over the years that go along well with this book to enhance the whole Big Green Monster experience. Checkout Pinterest for ways to keep the experience going!

If you like the book Go Away, Big Green Monster!, you might also want to check out these other books by the author: Glad Monster, Sad MonsterNighty Night, Little Green Monster, and Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!

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I hope through the Go Away, Big Green Monster! word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. You can also bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book.

Word List for Go Away, Big Green Monster!

View word list of ASL signs for the book Go Away, Big Green Monster!

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Signing Children’s Books: I Have to Go!

Learning Tips   |  Friday, March 1, 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.

Kids love the book I Have to Go! Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko do a great job with this book. The pictures are awesome and the story is just fun to share with children of all ages.

Kids love to talk about bodily functions! They just do! This book is a humorous take on what happens when a little boy has to pee at the worst times. Kids love it because they get to say the word PEE… and they get to openly talk about going to the bathroom and see the adults react to it all. 

Extension Activities

I read this book often with little ones who are working on potty training. They think it is really funny! You can also find a lot of potty training activities on Pinterest.

A game that would pair well with this book is the Hasbro Toilet Trouble Game. Kids think it's fun and hilarious and love the excitement of possibly getting squirted with water by the toilet. Although we traditionally play this as a group or family game, I have also seen some kids like to play with the toilet from the game for imaginary play with dolls.

I also made mitten cookies as a treat to go along with the story. Here is a recipe I love for super cute mitten cookies by I Am Baker. The mittens fit with the snowsuit portion of the story.

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I hope through the I Have to Go! word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. You can also bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book. 

Word List for I Have to Go!

View word list of ASL signs for the book I Have to Go!

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Signing Children’s Books: Baby’s First Library ABC

Learning Tips   |  Friday, February 22, 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.

Baby's First Library ABC is great to have it in your arsenal of board books. Each page contains a letter from the alphabet and a picture that corresponds with that letter. The simple pictures are colorful and clear and easy to identify for young children.

Extension Activities

The great thing to do with any board book is print off the signs and stick them in the book with tape or clear contact paper to help you remember the signs. Once my young students figured out the connection between signs and pictures, they loved looking through this book again and again. The students even liked using the book as a teaching tool for other students who were new to learning sign language.

There are also a ton of ideas on sites like Pinterest to do with ABC's. Check them out and have fun! 

Learning the ABCs in ASL

We also have some fun ABC handshape printables now on Signing Savvy for members that you could print out and use with this book.

Alphabet Letters in American Sign Language (ASL)

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Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope through the Baby’s First Library ABC pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. For those that are more tech inclined, you can bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book. 

Word List for Baby’s First Library ABC

View word list of ASL signs for the book Babys First Library ABC

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All you need is LOVE...

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, February 14, 2019

By John Miller

Sing it or sign it, either way the Beatles knew what they were talking about when they said, "All You Need is Love!"

We thought it would be appropriate with Valentine’s Day this week to share our blog covering all the different ways to show LOVE... in sign language that is!

Tell Your Valentine I Love You

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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 + L + U = I Love You

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.

How not to sign I Love You

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.

LOVE as in to show love

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.

LOVE as in crazy about

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 here at Signing Savvy!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published February 12, 2012. It was updated with new graphics and edits on February 14, 2019.

 

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