Sign Language Dictionary

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Down in Sign Language

Learn how to sign down – 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

  • 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.

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