There is a TON of reserch out there supporting the use of sign language in the classroom regardless of whether or not you have hearing impaired students. Check out this teaching tip to use sign language in the classroom to assist with classroom management:
Incorporating sign language into your early childhood classroom not only assists with classroom management, but it is also promotes the long term retention of concepts by utilizing various modalities during instruction (to learn more about Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences click here).
In my classroom, we use simple signs in a variety of ways. Probably my favorite way to incorporate sign language in the classroom is with music. During my calendar time, students will sign and sing the months of the year, the days of the week, etc. I also use sign language with songs and books, such as Brown Bear. One fabulous resource that I was introduced to this summer was the Signing Time videos. These are fantastic! Here is a video clip from one of the videos:
Click here to go to the Signing Time website for more information on their products.
Another resource that I love for learning new signs is the online ASL dictionary, which you can find here. Just search for the signs they are alphabetically listed. This website helped me tremendously, because I seem to have a more difficult time learning signs from books or pictures. The videos of the signs are great, and most of the basic signs (colors, shapes, Days of the week, etc) can be found at this site.
Here are some links to printable sign language resources:
Here are some other links to great sign language resources:
- Sign to Succeed Blog
- Babies and Sign Language there is simply a TON of information here. Great informational articles too.
Feel free to let me know of any other great resources that are available! Thanks for looking!