Sign Language Dictionary

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day

Day in Sign Language

Learn how to sign day and start each new day with a sign and a smile!

1. Bring one hand up about belly height, arm parallel to your body, hand flat and facing off to your side.
2. With the other hand, make the sign for “d” by extending your pointer finger and touching your other fingers to your thumb (this sign looks a lot like the letter D!).
3. Rest the elbow of your d-shaped hand on the fingertips of your first hand. Draw an arc in the air downwards so the d-shaped hand ends up resting on the opposite arm’s elbow (forearms will end up stacked).
4. This sign looks like the sun going through the sky throughout the day. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • This sign uses something called “initialization” – which is when the sign is created using sign for the first initial of the word. It’s helpful to point this out to kids learning the alphabet – d is for day!
  • Have a special kid day where you allow your child to choose some of the food you eat and the activities you do. Come up with a creative name, such as “My Favorite Things Day!”  Refer often to the special day you are having and practice your sign.

Transcript
Day. Your finger shows the sun going across the sky. Day. Let’s sign it together. Day. When the sun is up, it’s a new day! Day.