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Signing Children’s Books: A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

Learning Tips   |  Tuesday, July 9, 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.

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.

This book, although enjoyed by younger children because of the beautiful illustrations, is better tailored for older elementary to even high school deaf students so they can really understand the full content of the book, such as homonyms and homophones in the English language. There are a variety of levels covered, so there is definitely something for everyone!

The first page begins with the title of the book, and a large chocolate moose sitting across from a young child at the dinner table. The book continues on with some words that sound the same, but are spelled differently, yet to a young child they wouldn’t know that, and have very different meanings.

The interesting thing in sign language, is these words would most likely be signed conceptually correct, so if the book is being shared where the person reading is signing the words, before showing the pictures, the students might not get the full enjoyment out of the book. My suggestion would be to show the children the pictures first, and then looking at the words (assuming the students can read), trying to figure out the puns and discuss how the actual situation being demonstrated in the picture would be both signed in ASL AND written in English. For example, you can show the page where the little girl talks about Mommy saying she had a “chocolate moose for dinner last night” and sign the little girl said MOOSE, but then ask the kids what you think the Mom really meant. The answer is actually the word MOUSSE and you can also ask the kids what mousse is (a dessert you eat, like a pudding).

My students really enjoyed this book and had a great time coming up with their own “Language Play” words and even illustrated them into their own classroom book to share with other classrooms. The book is great to cover over a period of time or revisit again and again until all the homonyms and homophones can be covered and explored by the students.

Here is a fun idea from Pinterest where they created a chocolate mousse to go along with the book:


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I hope through the A Chocolate Moose for Dinner pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children.

Word List for A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

View word list of ASL signs for the book A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

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Signing Children’s Books: Corduroy

Learning Tips   |  Friday, May 17, 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.

Signing Children's Books: Corduroy

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. A little girl finds him and wants to bring him home. However, the girl's mother says Corduroy doesn't look new because he is missing a button. The story’s adventures unfold from there.

Corduroy was named one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time by the School Library Journal and also “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association. There are several different lessons that can be covered through the telling of this story. You will find many different activities on teaching sites and sites like Pinterest that will give you plenty of follow-up things to do with this book. 

If you like the book, the adventures of Corduroy continue in several other Corduroy books!

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I hope through the Corduroy 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 Corduroy

View word list of ASL signs for the book Corduroy

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Signing Children’s Books: Little Brown

Learning Tips   |  Friday, May 10, 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.

Signing Children's Books: Little Brown

Little Brown by Marla Frazee is a delightful little story about dogs and their goofy behavior. Most children love dogs. They love to play with them and watch them as they play with other dogs. This is a book all about dogs and the funny ways they interact together.

Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the animal shelter. Or maybe no one ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the shelter and won’t give them back. But what will happen next?

Extension Actvities

You can find more ideas for actvities related to dogs on Pinterest. Here are some activities from Pinterest to check out for inspiration:

  


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I hope through the Little Brown 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 Little Brown

View word list of ASL signs for the book Little Brown

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Signing Children’s Books: Maisy’s Colors

Learning Tips   |  Tuesday, April 30, 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.

Signing Children's Books: Maisy's Colors

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. It combines colorful pictures with simple illustrations that capture the young reader's eye. As very young children's eye sight develops, they learn to enjoy color more and more. This book will be a book that appeals to children when they are very young, yet stay with them as they grow and begin to read.

Learning Colors in ASL

We have two handouts on signing color in ASL that you can also use as a reference when reading this book. The first one is a reference for signing all of the colors in ASL and the second color handout is meant to inspire you to think about the colors in the food rainbow.

Colors in American Sign Language (ASL)  Colors of the Food Rainbow in American Sign Language (ASL)

Extension Actvities

Kids love to learn through food, so talking about the colors of different foods and tasting them is a great activity for little ones. Some of my favorite food rainbow recipes are ones that highlight the beautiful, natural colors of food (instead of using food coloring). I love making popsicles filled with fruit and wrote an article with the recipe and related signs. Check out the article Cooking Up Language with Signs: Frozen Fruit Popsicles Recipe. You can make popsicles that are any color of the rainbow, just by selecting fruit to put in them that is the color you want… strawberries (red), melon (orange or green), pineapple (yellow), kiwis (green), blueberries (blue), grapes (purple or green)… the possibilities are endless AND tasty! Kids love the opportunity to make choices, like what fruits to add to popsicles, and they love tasting the results even more.

Cooking Up Language With Signs Recipe: Frozen Fruit Popsicles

You can find more ideas for actvities related to colors or the food rainbow on Pinterest. Here are some recipes from Pinterest to check out for inspiration:

 


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I hope through the Maisy’s Colors 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 Maisy’s Colors

View word list of ASL signs for the book Maisy's Colors

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Signing Children’s Books: Time For Bed

Learning Tips   |  Thursday, April 4, 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.

Time For Bed is a classic book by Mem Fox, with beautiful illustrations by Jane Dyer. It is a great bedtime book. 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.

Extension Activities

You can also find links on Pinterest to activities that discuss the importance of rest and how stretching can help foster relaxation and prepare you for bed. Here is an article that includes a free printable of animal-themed stretches to do at bedtime. And also links to Tips for Toddlers that Fight Bedtime. They are worth giving a try.  As parents, we know how difficult bedtime can be for some little ones.

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope through the Time For Bed 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 Time For Bed

View word list of ASL signs for the book Time For Bed

Signing Savvy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking signingsavvy.com to Amazon properties. That means Signing Savvy may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on an affiliate link, your cost will be exactly the same regardless, but Signing Savvy will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us continue to improve Signing Savvy!

 

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