Sign Language for Kids! 2
As most parents of young children quickly find out, communicating with them during the early years can sometimes be a bit more challenging than they anticipated it would be during the days of one-way conversation and baby talk.
Toddlers may often experience outbursts, seemingly out of the blue, when they’re trying to get a message across and are only met with questions or curious expressions. Sign language can help to assuage some of those frustrating situations by creating a foundation from which to build less stressful communication practices between you and your little one.
- Sprout Online: Learn how to sign basic but practical, everyday words via easy step-by-step video demonstrations.
- ThinkQuest: An Education Foundation website created by kids for kids who want to learn more about American Sign Language.
- Sign Language for Children – Colors: Short YouTube video on how to sign the colors blue, purple and pink.
- PBS Kids – Sign Design: The PBS cartoon character “Arthur” shows kids how to sign some basic words and do finger spelling.
- American Sign Language Browser: An extensive website that contains a huge dictionary of words and corresponding videos that show how to sign each word.
- ASL Info: An informational site that focuses on resources for ASL, interpreting and deaf culture.
- HandSpeak: A website and forum that contains an ASL dictionary with thousands of words, a guide to American and British finger spelling and articles on culture, music and art.
- Dictionary of ASL Terms: A guide to ASL terms that has both animated and text definitions and more than 1200 words and expressions.
- Center for Accessible Technology in Sign: A resource site containing various interactive tools such as CopyCat, which makes sign language easier to learn for both the deaf and the hearing communities.
- Manual Signing - A Communication Tool for Language Delayed Preschool Hearing Children: An Exploratory Study: An educational report on the use of sign language as a technique to aid in enhancing communication skills.
- KiddieSigns: Website with various sign language games that can be played online for free.
- Label and Learn: Learn how to sign with a colorful animated monkey.
- Deaf Resources: Watch videos of a signing hand and then type in your guess of the word it is finger spelling.
- Discover Technology: Downloadable ASL eBooks, flashcards and puzzles.
- ASL PRO: ASL video dictionary with an extensive listing of words.
- Fun Brain: Identify the sign language letter or number that is represented in an animation or illustration.
- LifePrint: Offers finger spelling quizzes with answers and no answers.
- Deaf Sign: Sign language matching games, tests and puzzles.
- Gamequarium: A list of five different sign language games that help teach kids how to sign.
- Signing Time: A popular children’s TV show and website with tons of sign language resources, games and printables for kids and their adults.
- DLTK Teach: ASL printable coloring pages with a separate page for each letter of the alphabet and a picture of the corresponding sign.
- Coloring Pages: Printable alphabet coloring page with letters and hand signs drawn in graffiti style.
- Teachnology: Sign language flash cards and handouts.
- ABC Teach: Sign Language flash cards.
- Start American Sign Language: Sign Language coloring pages.
- Kids Can Have Fun: Sign Language coloring pages.
- Scholastic Printables: Cartoon and letter Sign Language coloring pages and matching cards.
- Baby Sign Language Chart: Printable chart with illustrations of basic words (mommy, daddy, milk, etc.) to teach babies in Sign Language.
- Math A Tube: Sign Language numbers chart.
- Church Music: Children’s American Sign Language songbook of religious songs.
- Pop Songs: Collection of pop songs in Sign Language.
- ASL Bible: Christmas songs in American Sign Language
- Nellie Edge: Resources for teaching Sign Language song. Contains audio and video excerpts and examples of songs.
- We Sign: Article on how to teach ASL songs to children.
- Deaf Professional Artists Network: Media and visual arts website for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals interested in music, art, video and other forms of entertainment.
- Net Places: Instructional article on how to sign music.
- Traditional Children’s Songs: Learn how to sign by watching videos of classic children’s videos.
Resources for Parents
- Apraxia-Kids: Using sign language to aid kids who have apraxia of speech.
- Say it With a Sign: Informational website and video series which helps parents understand why teaching young children to sign is important for establishing good communication skills.
- Center for Applied Linguistics: Article and links to resources on learning American Sign Language as a foreign language.
- Video Examples of ASL: A collection of videos featuring great speeches in Sign Language, interpreting situations and several songs in sign.
- K8AIT: Sign Language dictionary.
- Sign Writing: Children’s stories written in American Sign Language.
- Lesson Tutor: Basic ASL vocabulary listing.
- Signing Savvy: Comprehensive searchable Sign Language dictionary.
- Dr. Bill Vicar’s ASL: Fingerspelling practice site.
- Color of Language: Fingerspelling practice and resources.