Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) for Grades K-2 (9:00)
Course: Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) for Grades K-2
Instructor: Danielle Jones
Email: : firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Description: When we talk, most people naturally talk with their hands. You might use your hands to point in a specific direction or to an item. You might use your hands to help express an emotion. For instance when you throw your hands in the air when you’re excited, place your hands on your stomach when you’re hungry, or cover your face when you’re embarrassed. We naturally use these motions in everyday life without even thinking about it. But some people use ONLY their hands to communicate. In Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), we will cover a short history about how Sign Language came to be, and how it’s different from Speaking English. You might be surprised by how different they can be! Students will leave the class having learned the ASL alphabet, colors, animals,and a short song. We will also explore and learn how to create their own unique sign name! That name will be used throughout the year for the student. A variety of learning materials will be used throughout the year such as: in person learning, activity pages, and videos to help facilitate learning. This will be a light and fun class as we explore American Sign Language together! You might even find yourself using it in everyday life without realizing it!
Curriculum: We will use various resources and curriculum which will include, but are not limited to: We Can Sign by Tara Adams, Fun in Speech, and possibly YouTube videos as needed.
Homework Requirements: Children will be asked to practice what they learned in class at home to help facilitate learning. Additional worksheets may also be sent home that will be optional for the student to complete.
Duration: 28 weeks
Books and Supplies required for purchase by families: No curriculum book is required to purchase. But please bring a designated 1 1/2 inch binder to keep worksheets in for the year. Also have on handscissors, pencils, eraser, and erasable colored pencils.
Grading: not graded
Teacher Bio: Danielle has a degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her certificate to be an Early Childhood Administrator. Danielle has taught Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade in public schools. However, for the past ten years, she has worked at her church as an assistant to the Children's Pastor. For the past two years, Danielle has also been teaching a girls class at her local church. Danielle has been homeschooling her own kids for the past four years and her family has been a part of Friendly Home Educators for two years.