Signing Time

Marvel writer dedicates new issue to Leah

by Rachel Coleman, co-creator of Signing Time A new issue of Marvel Comics is being released today. And it’s dedicated to Leah! I am off to buy issues of it right now. Here’s the story of how this happened: I met Matt Fraction, a writer for Marvel, at a Signing Time concert in Portland in 2012. Over brunch, Matt shared that he was fascinated as his son Henry began signing with Signing Time. He was struck by the similarities in the way I tell stories visually in American Sign Language and the way he tells stories visually through comics. Deaf …

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Can signing make you a better teacher?

We often talk about the benefits of signing in terms of the benefits it has for children: less frustration, bigger vocabularies, increased learning and retention – the list goes on. Can signing benefit teachers, too? Dr. Claire Vallotton from Michigan State University conducted several studies to explore this question. Careful observation of teacher behavior revealed that early child educators are more responsive to preverbal children when the children are using signs. When children sign, teachers are better at: making eye contact talking with children being warm and affectionate responding to children’s needs In another study, teachers said they know the children better, and they pay closer attention when children are …

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How Kickstarter Works

How to Get Started What is Kickstarter? Why use Kickstarter? How can I participate? What is a pledge? Do I get something in return for my pledge? What are Backer Rewards? How do I make a pledge? What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing platform for creative projects. We’ve used it to fund: Signing Time Christmas Rachel & the TreeSchoolers Ep. 2-6 Rachel & the TreeSchoolers Ep. 7-9 – NOW FUNDING! Why use Kickstarter? Kickstarter lets YOU become our partner in production. YOU help us decide what shows to create. And you can even choose to have YOUR KIDS be filmed for those shows! For …

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TV Execs Say NO, Parents Say YES!

Families Fund New Show When Two Little Hands Productions pitched the pilot episode of their educational show for preschoolers to television executives, “we were told that it was too educational,” says co-founder and show host, Rachel Coleman. “We didn’t want to water down the material. Kids are smart. They deserve smart media. There’s no reason a show can’t be both educational and incredibly fun.” So, Two Little Hands took the show, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, directly to families through Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform that allows individuals (called “backers”) to fund the development of new projects in exchange for rewards that can …

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Smart Screen Time for Summer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Vacation Time = Learning Time Take advantage of those long car trips or flights this summer.  Your whole family can learn sign language with Signing Time! Give your child the proven benefits signing has to offer Feel good about summer screen time Learn a skill that will last a lifetime   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sign of the Week – Hurt

It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Hurt Watch the Video (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required [powerpress url=”http://359d6a6391b8c244d1d1-bd1f407c1e8743cc7c885af7afe617dd.r85.cf1.rackcdn.com/hurt.mp4″ image=”http://c0445781.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/signoftheweek/signoftheweeklogo.jpg”] Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.) Signing Time Volume 2 – Playtime Signs Everyone loves playtime! Alex, Leah, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs related to sharing, toys, manners, and more. Created for ages 1-8 but enjoyed by all! Available in DVD and Digital. Closed-Captioned. Approximate run time: 30 minutes, plus special features. Playtime Signs includes …

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Come Sing and Sign With Rachel Coleman in Lehi, Utah, May 31st!

United Angels Foundations’ Walk With Angels Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014 Location: Wines Park 500 North Center Street, Lehi, UT Walk Day Schedule 9:30 a.m. Registration and Activities 11:00 a.m. Walk begins. 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Fun in Wines Park Signing Time Concert with Rachel Coleman and Hopkins Bean Museum live reptile show and other local attractions Carnival Games and Gaming Truck Dancers and Music Special Appearances by BYU’s Cosmo, the UVU Wolverine, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Princesses and more! Free Carnival Snacks Lunch is available for purchase Prize Drawings, Raffles, and a Silent Auction Join the Signing Time Team For complete …

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Now in Production – Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: Amazing Animals

Because of YOU… We are in production of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: Amazing Animals, and we’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you who backed our Kickstarter campaign. You made this show possible! In this episode, the TreeSchoolers explore how each and every one of them have unique talents and abilities, even though they are different kinds of animals. Key questions What is an animal? How are animals different from one another? How are animals the same as each other? Key skills, concepts, and values Animals grow up, and change as they grow. Everyone has special talents and …

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Now in Production – Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: A Happy, Healthy Me

In this episode of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, Abigail has a cold and is unable to use her voice to sing. The TreeSchooler friends help us learn about how our bodies get sick, and how to take care of our amazing bodies.     Key questions Why do our bodies get sick? How can we keep our bodies healthy? Key skills, concepts, and values Respecting our bodies (by taking care of ourselves!) Compassion – the Treeschoolers make Abigail a card Appreciating being healthy Join our list to be notified of the release! Your kids in our show Many families chose the “Your Child …

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Kickstarter brings new faces to TreeSchoolers

Because of YOU… As we wrap up production of the latest episode of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers My Amazing Body, we’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you who backed our Kickstarter campaign. You made this show possible! Missed it? Don’t worry! We’re days away from Kickstarting the remaining episodes of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers. Join our list and we’ll let you know when the new campaign starts so you can grab of those amazing early-bird backer rewards before they get snapped up. Your kids in our show Many families chose the “Your Child in Our Show” reward in our last Kickstarter campaign, so you’ll …

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