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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.

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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

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Signing Children’s Books: My Animals

Learning Tips   |  Friday, March 29, 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.

My Animals by Xavier Deneux is a very simple animal book. The entire book is in black and white. Research shows that an infant’s ability to see colors is not fully developed at birth, but rather matures between five and six months of age. This book introduces images of some common animals many children’s books include, but minus the color. It’s simple to sign and fun to share with not only infants, but children of all ages.

Extension Activities

For more information on how babies see color, check out this article on the development of color vision in infants. You can also learn more about how to use printables to help babies with eye development and find more black and white images for infants and black and white animal photography on Pinterest.

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I hope through the My Animals 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 My Animals

View word list of ASL signs for the book My Animals

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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)

Signing Savvy Member Feature: Download this image / flyer as a printable PDF page.

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!

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

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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Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Set 10

Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Set 10

Learning Tips   |  Monday, March 4, 2019

By Brenda Cartwright

This article is by Brenda Cartwright. Brenda is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, and well known presenter. Brenda is the author of the Dear Reality column in the VIEWS publication from Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the book Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios. She will be contributing blog articles for Signing Savvy on interpreting, Deaf culture, and answering a series of "Dear BC" interpreter questions.

This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings.

Hello! Brenda Cartwright (BC) here. Let's continue on the fun topic of: “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same.”

The ASL signs shown below look similar, but are not the same. There are many ASL signs that when produced look similar, but in fact have a completely different meaning. Below you will find examples of such signs. Watch closely to see if you can see the difference. In addition, watch my eyebrows, look to see when I tilt my head or lean my body in a certain way, even what my mouth is doing. These nuances are called inflections and trust me, inflections matter. Enjoy!

1. Cafeteria vs. Twin vs. Restaurant

CAFETERIA has the C handshape move from one side of the chin to the other, while TWIN uses the same motion, but uses the T handshape instead. RESTAURANT also uses this same motion, but uses the R handshape. 

You can remember the difference between these signs because they each use the handshape that the word starts with (Cafeteria = C handshape; Twin = T handshape; Restaurant = R handshape).

It is called an initialized sign when the first letter of the word is the handshape used in the sign. Often initialized signs are an indication that the sign is a Signing Exact English (SEE) sign, however, these three initialized signs are all excepted as American Sign Language (ASL).

Cafeteria
Twin
Restaurant

2. Socks vs. Stars

SOCKS have the index fingers brush against each other while pointing down (palms inward) and STARS have the index fingers brush against each other (palms outward) while pointing up.

To remember SOCKS, think of the index fingers point downward towards your socks and the movement suggests the sliding on and off of socks. You can also think of knitting socks. Although there is not an early record of the sign for SOCKS in older dictionaries, there is a compound sign described as using your index fingers as knitting needles to make the sign for KNIT and then pointing to your feet. Because of this, it is believed that the sign for SOCKS evolved from the idea of making a knitting movement while pointing to your feet.1

To remember STARS, think of the index fingers pointing up towards the sky, where the stars are. This sign originated from the old French sign for ÉTOILE (star), which is now used in French sign language for ASTROLOGIE (astrology). The sign originally had the index fingers pointing into the sky, indicating points where stars might be, however, the ASL sign evolved over time to have the two index fingers closer together so they make contact.1

Socks
Stars

3. See vs. Watch

The 2 handshape (also called the V handshape) is used when signing both SEE and WATCH because the two fingers represent the eyes and what the eyes are doing.

The big difference to spot between these two signs is the palm orientation. SEE has the palm facing the body and WATCH has the palm facing outward.

When signing SEE, the palm faces the body and the 2 handshape starts at the face, just below the dominant eye, and pulls away from the body. This movement represents the concept of seeing from the eyes.

WATCH has the 2 handshape, with the palm facing outward, point straight out from the face and move out - think of pointing at what you are watching.

See
Watch

4. Enough vs. Full

When signing ENOUGH, the dominant 5 handshape, with the palm down, slides across the S handshape, suggesting that you are scraping the extra off of the top because there is already enough. To sign FULL (as in "a full container"), the dominant 5 handshape moves across the S handshape from dominant side to non-dominant side and suggests that a container is filled to the brim. There are multiple movements when signing ENOUGH, while there is one swift movement when signing FULL.

Enough
Full

How can I figure out the difference between signs on my own?

If you see two signs that look close, but not the same, but you’re not sure, you can use Signing Savvy features to help you figure out the difference. All of our signs have sign descriptions and memory aids that members can access. Reading the sign description and memory aids for the signs can help you figure out the small differences between them that your eyes don’t catch at first. We also recommend using the pause and slow motion feature to slow down the video, so you can take a closer look. These features are available to Signing Savvy members.

Take a look, it's in a book!

These examples are aligned with the Visual Discrimination section of Lesson 6 (page 72) from Lessons and Activities in American Sign Language by Brenda E. Cartwright and Suellen J. Bahleda. Check out the book for more ASL Activities and watch for more examples from this series: “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same.”

Resources

  1. Shaw, E. & Delaporte, Y. (2014). A Historical and Etymological Dictionary of American Sign Language. Washington: Gallaudet University Press.

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About the Author

Brenda CartwrightBrenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, well known presenter, and author of several best selling sign language and interpreting textbooks from the RID Press. For the last 30 years Brenda has been the Chair of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

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