Sign Language Dictionary

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Principal in Sign Language

Learn how to sign principal – this persona has a very important job at school!

1. First sign the letter P (Hold out your middle and pointer finger out and tuck in your ring and pinky finger, bend the middle finger down to rest on the tip of your thumb. The wrist is also bent forward so fingers are pointing down)
2. With your other hand, make a fist and lay it in front of you, palm down.
3. Circle the P-shaped hand once and then place the tip of the middle finger on top of the fist of the second hand.
4. P is for principal – the top of the school! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • What does a principal do? Have your child ask an older sibling or a parent to talk about a principal they know and what kinds of jobs they saw the principal do (you may get a kick out of your older children’s perception of their principal while you’re at it!). Sign principal as you talk.
  • Ask the school principal to come and do games for Kindergarten children in your school. Introducing the children to the principal (and letting them show off their signs!) is a great way to teach respect and build confidence in the littlest members of a school.

Principal. Make a P for principal. Circle it and set it on your other hand. Principal!