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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Scared in Sign Language

Learn how to sign scared. What can you do when you’re scared so you feel brave again?

1. Hold both hands in front of you in fists, palms towards your body.
2. Flick the fingers forward so you end up with an open palm, with fingers extended. Raise your shoulders some while you do this.
3. Make your face look like you are really scared at the same time!
4. This sign looks like something suddenly scared you! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.
5. TIP: Facial expression and body language are really important when communicating meaning in sign language. Make sure you really show how scared you are!!

Teaching Tips:

  • Talk to your child about things that make them feel scared. Help them to come up with a list of things they can do when they are scared so they feel safe or brave again. Sign scared as you talk and give reassuring hugs too!
  • Games for young children that help them understand their emotions are really important. Provide puppets and ask the child to act out different feelings with the puppet (scared, sad, happy, excited, etc.). Then practice the sign.

Scared. Open up your fingers and show that you’re really scared.

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. The file contains a few color and black-and-white options. Print according to your needs.)

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