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 resources!
Of all the foreign languages that we can expose ourselves to and learn in our homeschool, Sign Language 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.
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 them 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.
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 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 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.
Here are some great flashcards and books to help you and your kids learn sign language:
Carson-Dellosa Publishing Sign Language Flash Cards (CD-3927)Time to Sign: Sign Language for KidsSigning for Kids, Expanded EditionAmerican Sign Language Dictionary, Third EditionLearn American Sign LanguageSign Language for Kids: ABC Sign and Color (A-Z Alphabet plus ASL Signs) (American Sign Language Coloring Books)Signing Illustrated: The Complete Learning GuideBarron’s 500 Flash Cards of American Sign LanguageSign Language Workbook for Kids – Learning Made SimpleRandom House Webster’s Compact American Sign Language DictionaryA Basic Course in American Sign Language
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!
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