Teaching ASL Sign Language to Children: Homeschool Resources

September 27, 2012

What is this little cutie pie saying with sign language?

He’s making the sign for “full”.  He’s too full to finish his oatmeal.

In his other hand?  Oh, that’s a piece of toast drenched in sugar and cinnamon he just got from one of his brothers.


I’m glad the sign language we taught him as a baby is paying off:

If you haven’t played around with young children and sign language, they pick it up very easily and it comes in handy when they can’t speak yet and get frustrated trying to communicate with you.

And if you have a child reluctant to learn a foreign language, they’ll often get excited about “speaking with their hands.”

Here are some of our favorite ASL resources:

  • Pick up a Baby Signs book full of easy to learn, simple signs, to help the youngest in the family make their wishes known.
  • A.S.L.U – a website with full online ASL courses complete with outlines, video, and self-testing.
  • Signing Time video series – We first saw this excellent series on PBS and it’s now available on DVD.  The kids will come in from other rooms and join in watching and signing.


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