Sign Language is a very useful skill to teach your children. It is something I even started incorporating into our home by teaching all of our children baby sign language. If you are wanting to help your kids learn sign language, or if you are just wanting to learn it yourself, you must check out all these free sign language printables and resources.
American Sign Language (ASL) as a Foreign Language
Of all the foreign languages that we can expose ourselves to and learn in our homeschool, American Sign Language or ASL has been one of my favorites. Even just learning a few key phrases and signs can be very helpful in the real world. My son used some of these resources when he was in our high school and has been able to use many of the signs he learned as he works as a cashier at our local grocery store.
Benefits of Learning Sign Language
Learning sign language is not only a benefit to students. Imagine the gift they can give those who rely on ASL for communication. Can you begin to think what life would be like if you were surrounded, every day, by people who could not communicate well with you? How would it make you feel? How frustrating would it be?
By being able to communicate with ASL, your students can give a great gift to those who depend on it. They can communicate with deaf people in the language they are most comfortable with. They can cross the bridge of silence that tries to cut them off from the rest of society and show them by their actions that they care about them and they have value.
There are some important facts about sign language that you might like to familiarize yourself with before you get started.
American Sign Language (or ASL) Websites:
Life Print has a completely free ASL resource called American Sign Language University. There are so many free sign language lessons. You can learn 100 basic signs, finger spelling and complete sign language lessons.
There are sign language printables as well as video lessons. They have an awesome self study schedule that my son used to teach himself with the videos.
ASL Rochelle has lots of free ASL courses and printable workbooks. There is an ASL Starter Kit, Learn ASL in 31 days, 5 Day ASL Grammar Challenge, ASL Foundations, and a Grammar Sentence Workbook.
Look We’re Learning has 11 different free sign language lessons and videos, with free ASL printables to go along with them.
Signing Savvy is an ASL website that can help you learn sign language. You can watch videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flashcards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases and more!
Hand Speak is another ASL website that has an ASL dictionary, ASL for kids, a children’s ASL dictionary, finger spelling tutorials, an ASL word of the day video and so much more.
Free Sign Language Printables and Resources
Free ASL Alphabet Printable Pack – Learning the alphabet in sign language is the first step to communicating via ASL. This free pack shows the alphabet using pictures.
Sign Language Alphabet Flash Cards – Flash cards for ASL are a great way to test out learned skills when practicing sign language.
40 Early Signs Descriptions and Locations – This post is super helpful with ideas for teaching specific ASL words to your beginning signers.
American Sign Language Alphabet Printables – Have fun decoding secret messages using these sign language printable worksheets.
- ASL Color Photos
- ASL Emergency Words/Health
- ASL Manual Alphabet Photos
- ASL Numbers
- ASL School Words
- ASL Vehicles
- ASL Verbs
- ASL WH Questions
Free American Sign Language Alphabet Pack
If you’re interested in teaching your children ASL, this Free American Sign Language Alphabet Pack is an awesome resource.
The ASL resource contains a printable page for each letter of the alphabet and includes formatted flash cards. Consider using a laminator to keep them kid-friendly, and reusable!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!