It’s Signing Time! Teaching ASL Signs for School

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C

For Teachers:

Research shows that when your students’ hands are moving, their minds are learning! This activity will help you teach ASL signs related to school.

  1. Review the school signs with your class. Learn them by watching Volume 13: Welcome to School or by printing these School Signs Flash Cards.
  2. Say and sign the poem “This is Our Teacher” from the Signing Time Classroom Edition. This is a great activity for the beginning of the day.

hopkins teacherThis is our TEACHER

This is our SCHOOL

This is our CLASS

Our CLASS is cool!

We are the STUDENTS

Who come here each DAY*

We’re ready to LEARN

And we’re ready to PLAY* 

*Bonus signs – learn DAY and PLAY from our online dictionary and add them to the poem!


For Parents: 

Teach me!
Ask your child to teach you some school signs from the School Signs Flash Cards.

Talk it out!
Engage your child in a conversation about school. Have them talk to you about their school day. Try to ask more than yes and no questions. Suggestions: What do you do first when you get to school? What is your favorite part of the day and why? Who do you play with at school?

My School

Draw it out!
Using the “My School” worksheet, have your child draw his or her school and classmates. Encourage your child to take the picture to school and share with the class!



 Learn more about the Signing Time Classroom Edition: watch video


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