I want to start signing with my kids; now what?

Congratulations–signing with your children is a GREAT decision! (See a great list of benefits here and here!) However, unless you grew up signing or you took American Sign Language classes in high school or college, it can be a tricky language to start learning.

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Resources to help you get started learning American Sign Language (ASL) with your children from Lone Star Signers!

My favorite resource to start is the Baby Signing Time and Signing Time DVDs. I am a visual learner, so seeing the sign (versus reading a written description) is the best way for me to learn! You can check out these DVDs for free from your library or stream them digitally on your TV/tablet/phone with a monthly subscription to SigningTime.TV. (Tip: use the code sign99 at checkout to get your first month for just 99¢!)

Signing Time also sells books, flashcards, and posters on their website!

Another great resource for learning new signs is the Internet! We love to use lifeprint.com and signingsavvy.com to look up new signs. Signing Time has a great dictionary available on their website AND on their free app.

Melissa Droegemueller of Lone Star Signers, San Antonio, TX

We would also love to have your family join us for weekly signing classes and extra events! Our focus at Lone Star Signers is on families with young children, birth-5 years old.

If you are looking for more advanced ASL resources for children older than age 5, stay tuned for the release of the NEW Signing Time Sentences coming later this fall! Several San Antonio area high schools and colleges also offer American Sign Language courses–I recommend you contact the department head for information about private lessons/tutoring.

Related: Signing Resources from the San Antonio Public Library and Signing Resources, Part 2

Please let me know how I can assist your family get started signing today!

Going Swimming: ASL Signs for the Pool!

Pool Time Signs from Lone Star Signers Well, it’s that time again–we hit 99 degrees on Sunday afternoon, so a trip to the pool was definitely on my husband’s agenda! I thought y’all might enjoy learning some signs related to swimming:

WATER
Tap the W hand on your chin twice.
SWIM
Demonstrate the breaststroke twice.
Dr. Bill Vicars from lifeprint.com
BATHING SUIT
Sign SWIM and then CLOTHES (both 5 hands brush your chest twice).

HAT Pat your head twice.

TOWEL Pretend you are holding a towel in your hands behind your back and alternate back and forth like you’re drying your neck/back.

POOL

Fingerspell the word: P-O-O-L.

TOYS

CAREFUL Stack your right K hand on top of your left K hand and circle them together.

Hopefully, these signs will improve your pool experiences this summer!