Sign Language Dictionary

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why

Why in Sign Language

Learn how to sign why – such a popular question for kids!

1. Touch one hand to the side of your head with all the fingers straight out.
2. Then bring it down a few inches and as you do so, transition to a Y-shaped hand shape with the thumb and pinky extended and the rest of the fingers folded into the palm.
3. Why is a question you think of (touch the head) and ends in a sound like the letter Y (the hand shape). Use these cues to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Preschool learning activities can center on the WH questions (who, what, when, where, why). Ask questions that start with each of these words and sign them to support the question.
  • A child is naturally going to ask why a whole lot – it is just what they do! As your little one expresses such wonderful curiosity, encourage her to sign why as well.

Transcript:
Why. Touch your hand at the top of your head. Bring your hand down into a Y- shape. Why? Why.