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Site News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Every year around this time, I get a message or two from teachers and interpreters of deaf children asking how to best convey the concept of rhymes to their students. Rhyming is a very common curriculum goal in many, if not all early childhood education programs throughout the United States and Canada.
The problem often with rhyming is that many of the words are made-up and, therefore, they have no sign. We all know that words that have no sign should be fingerspelled if you follow proper ASL rules. You can fingerspell these nonsense words, but that isn’t always very interesting for the young deaf child to watch and doesn’t accurately convey the concept of rhyming words.
I stumbled upon this great video of Austin W. Andrews, an ASL storyteller also known as Awti, describing how to rhyme in sign language. He uses the classic nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” as an example and does an excellent job of explaining how to handle rhyming when signing.
Some of Awti's great rhyming pointers include:
- Rhyming in English focuses on words that sound the same. ASL doesn’t use sound, so to use the principle of rhyming in ASL, signs should look the same.
- Rhyming is also based on repetition - repeating similar sounds in English to create an audible rhythm. Do the same thing in ASL by repeating similar signs to create a visual rhythm. Use movement, handshape, location, palm orientation, or other components of signs to create repetition and a visual rhythm.
- Stay true to the meaning of the rhyme, but don’t get caught up in delivering a direct translation of each word. To sign, “Hey Diddle Diddle,” Awti signs HI (for “Hey”) and then uses swinging arms for DIDDLE that mimic the movement of FIDDLE in the next line of the rhyme. Swimming arms may not be an ASL sign, but “Diddle” has little meaning in English as well and the point of rhyming is to establish a pattern, rhythm, and repetition (whether audible in English or visual in ASL).
Watch the short video to see Awti’s rhyming example in action. The video has no audio, but is captioned. If you are a fluent signer, you will not have a problem understanding the signing in the video, and that is actually the best way to watch it. If you aren’t a fluent signer yet (notice I said YET), then I suggest you watch the video a few times, first reading the captions so that you get the gist of the video and then go back and watch it again, focusing on the sign.
To turn the captions on, click the "CC" button at the bottom of the video.
- McCulloch, Gretchen (2014, September 5). How Do You Rhyme in a Sign Language? Slate. Retreived 9/15/2014 from http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/09/05/rhyming_in_a_sign_language_a_proposal_from_asl_storyteller_awti.html
Site News | Sunday, August 24, 2014
Getting back into the routine of a new school year can be a challenge, but we’ve created 12 special “Back to School” instructional animations featuring sign language to help students make a smooth transition into the new school year. Crafted by educators, the “Back to School” lessons are designed for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade and include common core extension lessons, active learning tools, and practice exercises to provide a comprehensive tool to teach 12 vital school behaviors during the first 4 weeks of school.
We are so confident that you will be successful with these “Back to School” instructional animations that we are offering a free trial for 30 days! (offer expires September 12, 2014) Register for the free "Back to School" program today.
Learn about the "Back to School" program:
The 12 “Back to School” lessons include:
- Pay Attention When the Teacher is Teaching
- Keep Your Hands to Yourself
- Raise Your Hand and Wait to Be Called On
- Know Which School Supplies to Take Home
- Line Up Quietly
- Always Tell the Truth
- Respect Other People's Stuff
- Know How to Handle Bullying
- Be Quiet When Walking in the Halls
- Respect Others On the Playground
- Use Polite Words
- Ask the Teacher for Help
- Teaching and reinforcing appropriate proper behavior in children during the first weeks of school encourages better behavior throughout the entire school year.
- Children form emotional relationships with animated characters and children’s feelings about characters improve their learning.
- American Sign Language (ASL) is the language created and used by the Deaf in the United States, Canada, parts of Mexico, and some other parts of the world.
- Signs help everyone! Signs help children and adults understand and remember the concepts represented by words. Signs make learning a new word or concept easier.
Start your school year off right with the WonderGrove Learn "Back to School" animated lessons featuring sign language by Signing Savvy! The animations are a fun way for children to learn and practice sign language vocabulary, while specifically designed to fit well with an Early Childhood Curriculum - they are perfect for daily use in the home or classroom.
Site News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We’re happy to announce the addition of two new members to our Sign Language Advisory Board.
The growing Sign Language Advisory Board is made up of thought leaders who have a deep subject manner expertise in sign language and are leaders in their respective fields. Our goal is to have a diverse advisory board with various backgrounds and experience to provide a wide range of advice and expertise. Our new advisory board members include:
Donalda AmmonsDonalda Ammons, born to all deaf family and raised in Washington D.C., is Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University. She has a doctorate in higher education/foreign language education and taught for 31 years at Gallaudet. She continues to contribute as an author of numerous articles on Deaf culture and sports, published in various professional journals and books. Dr. Ammons has traveled to present papers and conduct workshops relating to human rights for deaf people, deaf sports, and political and educational leadership. Learn more about Donalda...
Diane MortonDiane Dyer Morton, hearing of Deaf parents, has been using American Sign Language on a daily basis for over 50 years in various settings within the Deaf community. She was a School Psychologist and Administrator at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and later a full professor in the Counseling Department at Gallaudet University. Certified by RID in 1980, she has also served as an interpreter in local, national and international settings. Learn more about Diane...
Together with these thought leaders we will continue improving Signing Savvy. Watch for future blog articles from our advisory board members and for upcoming announcements from us on improvements being made to Signing Savvy based on feedback from them. As always, we welcome suggestions and feedback from you, our members and users.
Site News | Monday, March 24, 2014
R. Ben Roux
Site News | Thursday, December 19, 2013
The holiday season is just around the corner and if you are like me, the thought of "who to get what" is on your mind. A Signing Savvy membership is a unique, thoughtful, and valuable gift to offer to your friends, family, or colleagues.
In the last few years, we have received numerous requests for the ability to purchase Signing Savvy Gift Memberships. Well, now you can!
How does it work?
When you purchase a gift membership, you will receive an Activation Code (and activation instructions) that you can email or print to include in a card or wrap up as part of a gift. The receiver of the gift will be able to use the Activation Code to gain full access to all of the Signing Savvy features. The gift membership will begin once the gift receiver activates it.
The gift that gives back.
Similar to our recommendation program, as an added bonus for purchasing the gift and giving it to someone else, you will receive time toward a full membership in return! How does it work?
|Membership Gift Purchased||What You Receive***|
|3-Year Membership||60 days of full membership|
|12-Month Membership||30 days of full membership|
|4-Month Membership||10 days of full membership|
|1-Month Membership||5 days of full membership|
If you already have a full membership, the time will be added on to your membership. If you don't yet have a full membership, you will once you purchase the gift. The more gifts you give, the more you receive.
*** NOTE: You do not receive the bonus days if you gift the membership to yourself.
Get your shopping done early!
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