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Being inclusive this holiday season

Being inclusive this holiday season

By John Miller  |  Thursday, December 5, 2013

Acceptance and being included is something all of us want in life. Think of growing up and some of the crazy things we did in order to fit in or be part of the group. For many deaf and hard of hearing children, the idea of being the part of a group is something they long for but it is difficult to have happen because of limited communication.   In my several years of teaching deaf and hard of hearing children I ...
10 signs to know for Thanksgiving

10 signs to know for Thanksgiving

By Jillian Winn  |  Sunday, November 24, 2013

  #1 Thanks / Thank You This is what Thanksgiving is all about – giving THANKS for all of your blessings. Don’t forget to say THANK YOU when the gravy is passed! You can also see this sign in the WonderGrove Kids Use Polite Words animated lesson.   #2 Turkey TURKEY is the most common main dish of Thanksgiving dinner and sometimes Thanksgiving is called “TURKEY Day.”   #3 Ship In 1620, the Pilgrim SHIP called the Mayflower made the historic voyage from England to the New World. ...
Say Thank You and Use Polite Words

Say Thank You and Use Polite Words

By Jillian Winn  |  Thursday, November 21, 2013

As you are giving thanks this Thanksgiving, remember to show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life and be kind and polite to all. Learn about using polite words in this WonderGrove Kids animation featuring sign language from Signing Savvy. Developed by Educators, the Use Polite Words animation has accompanying lesson plans and extension lessons that align to the Common Core Standards for Pre-K through Second Grade. Plus, there are over 100 more animations at WonderGrove Kids. The ...
Pumpkin is a superfood!

Pumpkin is a superfood!

By Jillian Winn  |  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Attention boys and ghouls! In the spirit of Fall and Halloween, learn about why pumpkins are a superfood in this WonderGrove Kids animation featuring sign language from Signing Savvy. WonderGrove Kids animated lessons with sign language are specifically designed for helping Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade kids. The animations are a fun way 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 ...
Countdown to Halloween - Favorite Seasonal Signs

Countdown to Halloween - Favorite Seasonal Signs

By John Miller  |  Wednesday, October 23, 2013

With Halloween next week, the countdown to Halloween has officially begun! We asked everyone on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page what their favorite "seasonal signs" are. And the survey says… skeleton spider scary fireworks pumpkin ghost Check out the Sign of the Day from now to Halloween to see each of these signs featured as we countdown to Halloween. Join the conversation on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page or tell us your favorite seasonal sign for Halloween by leaving a comment ...
Recap of Deaf Awareness Week

Recap of Deaf Awareness Week

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, September 30, 2013

Yesterday (Sunday, September 29) was International Day of the Deaf and the end of Deaf Awareness Week. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf. Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide. There are many ways to participate in Deaf Awareness Week. Here are some ways people around the U.S. recognized Deaf Awareness Week last week: In Las ...
Project Runway Designer Justin LeBlanc influenced by his deafness

Project Runway Designer Justin LeBlanc influenced by his deafness

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This season's Project Runway, includes Justin LeBlanc, a deaf designer and assistant professor at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Justin is a talented designer with a background in architecture. He interned for Alexander McQueen and Nick Cave and was awarded a Louis Vuitton Scholarship while studying his master's degree. Justin was born deaf and says, "My deafness has always influenced my design aesthetic." Being deaf has made him a more visual person - he depends on sight in ...
The Importance of Coupling Writing with Signing

The Importance of Coupling Writing with Signing

By John Miller  |  Monday, July 15, 2013

I know, you never thought you would hear me ("The Man in the Blue Shirt") say that deaf children are signing too much, right?  Well I say it only in perspective of comparing their signing skills to their writing skills. I think there are often times in the field of Deaf Education that the parents, teachers and interpreters that are working with the deaf and hard of hearing population are just so excited that the children are beginning to express themselves ...
The many facets of sign language

The many facets of sign language

By John Miller  |  Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sign language is not a universal language. Unfortunately sign language is NOT universal throughout the world. There is American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Ausian (Australian Sign Language) and many more. In fact, there are even multiple sign languages used in the United States (American Sign Language, Signed Exact English, regional dialects, etc.). Although one universal sign language would probably make things easier, just like with spoken language, the world would have a very difficult ...
Partnership with WonderGrove Kids on Animated Lessons supported by American Sign Language

Partnership with WonderGrove Kids on Animated Lessons supported by American Sign Language

By John Miller  |  Friday, April 5, 2013

Raising a young child in this day and age of fast paced life is difficult. It is hard to keep up with the excitement of animated video games and television shows, which often times are not displaying the behavior or teaching the lessons that we want our young children to learn and emulate. This is why we at Signing Savvy are very proud to have a partnership with an animation company, called WonderGrove Kids, that’s primary focus is to take the ...