It’s been a bit since I’ve posted a Signs n’ Storytime, because I had someone cover for me for last month’s program.
Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…) I know I am not going to teach anyone to be fluent in ASL – as a fully formed language, there is no way I could do this. But I view this program as a way to teach parents signs that they might find useful to use with their babies, as children can sign before they can speak. I am teaching words, not grammar or culture. I mean no disrespect to the Deaf community, and I welcome comments/ways to improve this service in a culturally respectful manner.
This month, we focused on feelings. In keeping what I did with my colors themed storytime, we reviewed a lot of the same signs over and over again with each story for lots of practice.
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
(Because this book felt a little long for the audience, I used the paper-clip trick to skip over some pages, and only used those ones for the signs above)
MOVEMENT: Hokey Pokey
Old MacDonald Felt So Glad
I’ve done this flannelboard before, and you can see the original words to the rhyme here. But, it felt strange to be making the sounds at a storytime that is all about sign language, so I changed the words a little to work better.
(to tune of “Old MacDonald had a farm”)
Old MacDonald felt so glad (Happy)
And when he’s glad we sign it like this:
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
With a Happy Happy here and a Happy Happy there
Here a Happy, there a Happy everywhere a Happy Happy
Old MacDonald felt so glad.
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.
Book: How Does Baby Feel? by Karen Katz
(signs to use with story: hungry, happy, sleepy, sad, silly, love)
Book: Places to Be by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Renata Liwska
(signs to use with story: happy, mad, thirsty, brave, bored, sleepy, scared)
Book: The Pigeon has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems
(signs to use with story: happy, no, angry, sad, happy)
Book: How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne
(signs to use with story: bored, lonely, happy, sad, angry, guilty, curious, surprised, confident, shy, worried, silly, hungry, full, sleepy)
HOW IT WENT: I had a good turnout at this storytime, so that was nice. Originally, I thought I would use How Does Baby Feel? with the group as my second book, but I had some older siblings in the group, so I thought the Elephant and Piggie book was a better fit. Also, I realized after showing Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! I should have prepped the story by having the kids learn the sign for no and then they could have signed along with the film.
PRESENTED: Thursday, November 8, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 12 people (adults and children)