Sign Language Dictionary

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Practice in Sign Language

Learn how to sign practice. Practice – practice! It’s the best way to learn how to sign!

1. Hold one hand out, pointer finger extended and the rest of the fingers tucked into the palm.
2. With your second hand, make a fist.
3. Run the fisted hand back and forth over the top of the extended pointer finger on the first hand.
4. Think about when you practice – you have to do something over and over, just like the hand is moving over and over. Use this cue to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Brainstorm with your child about a new skill they would like to learn. Hopping on one foot? Playing a simple series of notes on a piano? Writing their name? Tell her she’ll have to practice every day and set up a time to do so. Sign practice before and after trying out the new skill.
  • Counting games for kids help them practice their numbers. Tell your child you are going to practice counting to 10 (then move to 20, 30, 40, etc.). Make it fun, and sign practice! “Let’s practice our numbers. Ready. Set. Go!!”

Practice! Your closed hand moves back and forth on your pointer. When you practice, you practice over and over again! Practice.