Signing Time Dictionary

We are committed to providing resources for parents who value signing with their children. Our sign language dictionary includes over 400 common signs including the top starter sings for your baby. For each word, there is a video, diagram, and teaching notes to make learning new signs easy. Many of our signs include free downloadable ASL Flashcards to help reinforce the signs taught in our series.

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Down in Sign Language

Learn how to sign down in ASL (American Sign Language). It’s helpful for getting off high places (get down) or settling in on the rug (sit down!)

  1. Bring one hand up about shoulder height, hand away a few inches from your shoulder.
  2. Extend your pointer finger and tuck rest of your fingers into your palm.
  3. Bring that pointer finger down, ending about waist height.
  4. This sign looks just like you are pointing to something moving down. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign down in ASL

  • Learning directional words and the concept of opposites is important to a child’s development! The classic game for preschool “Simon Says” lends itself very well to this. Play the game using opposites like “sit down”, “stand up” and integrate the signs into the directions Simon says to do.
  • Encourage your child to use vocabulary for what they are doing. You can model this by saying things like, “You wend down the slide! Yay!” Use the sign as you go.

Down. Use your pointer and point down. Down. That’s a simple sign, too. Down.

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.

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