Sign language is quiet, multi-sensory, and engaging. It’s a tool for communication, as well as a great strategy for beginning readers. Here are some ideas for integrating sign language in your classroom.
Hint! It’s helpful to have a sign language dictionary in your classroom. You can also find information about sign language on the internet.
Classroom Management - Teach children signs for “stop,” “sit down,” “me too,” “stand up,” “restroom,” “water,” “yes,” “no,” etc.
Letters - Introduce manual signs to help children make letter connections. Teach them the first letter in their name and use this to dismiss children.
Classroom Alphabet - Enlarge the manual signs and place them by the letters on your word wall.