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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Forest in Sign Language

Learn how to sign forest in ASL (American Sign Language) and explore this important part of nature together.

  1. First start with the sign for “tree”: Lay one hand down parallel to your body. Place the other elbow on the first hand, palm flat and fingers pointing up. Twist your wrist a few times to show the top of a tree.
  2. To create the idea of many trees, or a forest, sign tree continuously and glide the arms across the front of the body, twisting your torso slightly with the movement.
  3. This shows a whole forest full of trees! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign forest in ASL

  • Art in early childhood education can be collaborative! Have a group of children each create their own unique tree. Then place all the trees together on a larger piece of paper to create a forest. Have children sign the word forest as they admire their creation and talk about one another’s work.
  • If possible, visit a forest and see what you can explore and learn about! If you can’t get to a real forest right now, look up some pictures online and talk with your child about what they observe.

Forest. Just like ‘tree,’ but a whole forest full of them! Forest.

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