This was my third Signs n’ Storytime. As I’ve mentioned before, I approach this storytime as a way for parents to get exposed to some signs that they can use with their little ones.
Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…)
This month, we focused on colors. So instead of learning completely different signs with each book, we had a lot of time to review the same signs.
SONG: “Hello Friends” in ASL
taken from Jbrary
I changed this one a little so instead of doing it time to “say” Hello, I sing, “it’s time to Sign Hello” and use the ASL word for sign
This video from ASL That is a quick introduction to a bunch of color signs:
Signs used with the story:
Flash Lights (We used this sign when the Knock! Knock! sound happened, as doorbells are often connected to lights to signal their “ring” to a deaf person)
Yellow (thought the kids in storytime thought the Yellow door in this story was Orange, so we actually signed that instead… It does look orange-y in the illustrations)
MOVEMENT: Hokey Pokey
MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It
I sung this one a capella, and when we clap our hands we do the ASL version of clapping, we stomp our feet, and we pound our chest. Whenever there is clapping in this storytime (at the end of a book, etc) we always do it the ASL way.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
(signs to use with story: white, black, red, blue, green, brown, yellow, pink, gray, orange, purple)
Book: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horácek
(signs to use with story: pink, brown, green, red, orange, purple, blue, yellow,
Book: Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
(signs to use with story: blue, red, yellow, green, brown)
Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes story by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean
(signs to use with story: white, red, blue, brown)
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun.
(signs to use with story: black, orange, green, blue, red, yellow)
Book: Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
(signs to use with story: blue, yellow, pink, brown, gold, green, gray, white)
Book: See the Colors: Sign Language for Colors by Dawn Babb Porochovnic, illustrated by Stephanie Bauer
HOW IT WENT: This was a nice theme, because it was easy to find good books to use. I had a much smaller group this time. I also learned that some of the handshapes (“g”, “p”, “k”) seemed to be hard for the little ones to make. I need to do some research into how to explain them better. I was ok with “g” (make a fist, point your pointer finger out, and point your thumb out too), but describing the others caught me off guard. If anyone has a good resource for this, please share!
PRESENTED: Thursday, September 13, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 4 people (adults and children)