Signing in Your Classroom
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Using Signing Time in Your Classroom
Teaching ASL (American Sign Language) helps students become more engaged in learning. Signing involves physical movement, which adds a kinesthetic element to learning. This physical movement engages students’ bodies as well as their brains, giving them a more intensive and multi-sensory learning experience. In addition, the physical involvement in learning pays off. Studies show that when words are presented orally, visually, and kinesthetically (through sign language), students’ scores on vocabulary tests are significantly higher than their non-signing peers.
Signing is a powerful tool for behavior management in the classroom. Sign language requires eye contact, which automatically helps draw students’ attention to the teacher. When teachers use signs to cue transitions and new activities, students will be prepared to look and listen for new directions. Signing with students while they line up helps them stay actively engaged – and quiet – as they move through the hallways. Teachers who sign in their classrooms report that signing helps create a more harmonious environment.
Why use sign language to teach science?
Signing supports visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. Rachel & the TreeSchoolers incorporates the best elements of Schoolhouse Rock, Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street to deliver a well-rounded preschool science curriculum for ages 2-6. Teach SCIENCE with songs and sign language. Rachel & the TreeSchoolers introduces foundational science concepts in a way your students will never forget. This series teaches kids about seasons and weather, plants and photosynthesis, animals and habitats, health and safety, earth science, and much, much more!