For immediate release | March 8, 2018

New eCourse—Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this new 6-week eCourse, Sign Language expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Getting Started

1) Terminology: American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

2) Tips for new signers

  • The 5 parts of a sign
  • Dominant and non-dominant hands

3) Storytime/classroom vocabulary: HELLO, GOODBYE, SIGN, FRIEND, LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN, SCHOOL, TEACHER, CLASS, STORY, TIME, BOOK, SONG/MUSIC, DANCE

4) Signing with children with special needs

5) Activity Video #1: Numbers 1-10, My Bouncing Buckaroo Rhyme

6) Selecting storytime materials to sign with

7) Activity Video #2: The ABC Song featuring the manual alphabet

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

9) Vocabulary Practice Activity

10) Resources and Printable Handouts

11) Quiz

12) Assignment

Forum: Week 1 Questions and Comments

Week 2: Signing with Babies

1) Review activity

2) Baby Vocabulary: MORE, EAT, ALL-DONE, DIAPER, PLAY, BATH, SLEEP, WAKE-UP, PLEASE, THANK-YOU, YES, NO, TAKE-TURNS, SHARE, WAIT, PATIENT

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Color Signs

5) ASL versus baby signs

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) Child Directed Speech in spoken and sign languages

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

13) Assignment

Forum: Week 2 Questions and Comments

Week 3: Signing with Toddlers

1) Review activity

2) Family Vocabulary: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER, AUNT, UNCLE, FEMALE COUSIN, MALE COUSIN, COUSINS, FAMILY, LOVE, I-LOVE-YOU

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: I Like to Eat Song (Food Signs)

5) Signing and Early Literacy

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) ASL versus familiar fingerplay gestures

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

13) Assignment

Forum: Week 3 Questions and Comments

Week 4: Signing with Preschoolers

1) Review activity

2) Seasonal vocabulary: WINTER/COLD, SNOW, SNOWMAN, HAT, COAT, SPRING/GROW, TREE, CATERPILLAR, BUTTERLY, FLOWER, SUMMER, SUN, SWIM, VACATION, CAMP, AUTUMN, LEAF, PUMPKIN, APPLE, SQUIRREL

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Animal Signs Song

5) Name signs

6) Activity Video #2: The Mouse Story (Weather Signs)

7) Integrating ASL into creative dramatics

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

13) Assignment

Forum: Week 4 Questions and Comments

Week 5: Signing with Older Children and Teens

1) Review activity

2) Group Management Signs: LINE-UP, WANT, DON’T-WANT, LIKE, DON’T-LIKE, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, SORRY, EXCUSE-ME, SIT, STAND, RESPECT, PAY-ATTENTION, CAREFUL

3) Considerations for this age group:

  • Developmental overview: motor skills, spoken and sign language development
  • Benefits of signing
  • Selecting storytime activities
  • Selecting signs
  • Fingerspelling
  • Tips for introducing and reinforcing signs

4) Activity Video #1: Celebration Signs

5) Teaching about ASL and Deaf Culture

6) Activity Video #2: Story

7) When the kids learn faster than you do

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

13) Assignment

Forum: Week 5 Questions and Comments

Week 6: Connecting with the Deaf Community

1) Review activity

2) Deaf Community Signs: DEAF, HEARING, HARD-OF-HEARING, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, ASL, CULTURE, COMMUNITY, COMMUNICATE, CONNECT, INTERPRETER, REQUEST

3) How to Communicate with Someone Who is Deaf

4) Activity Video #1: Transportation Song

5) Working with ASL Interpreters

6) Activity Video #2: Story (Community Signs)

7) Working with Deaf children in your storytime or classroom

8) Notes about this week’s vocabulary

10) Vocabulary Practice Activity

11) Resources and Printable Handouts

12) Quiz

13) Assignment

Forum: Week 6 Questions and Comments

Conclusion video

About the Instructor

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996. She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on May 7, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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Colton Ursiny

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