Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ASL Parents at Patwin Elementary Week 1





Hello Parents!



My name is Kristen and I am the Beginning ASL teacher at the Patwin site. 

I have created a newsletter with the link attached below that I wanted to share with you. It includes last weeks activities as well as future plans. I hope your students are enjoying their class as much as I am. Thank you and I am excited for a great year. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9VVirZMHugcTEYyN25MeE9UY0E/view?usp=sharing


This is a picture of the newsletter, the link above will enlarge the image.







Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hello ASL Parents of Teacher Shelley's Class!

Hello ASL Parents!

T.A.L.K. Program | ASL Class | Teacher Shelley 



Deaf Culture Lessons
The Deaf/ Hard of Hearing has their own community and culture. This week, students learned “attention getting” methods that are valued within the community. These methods include; tapping on the shoulder, asking others to acquire one’s attention, walking and waving one’s hand in his or her eyesight, tapping on the floor or table, and flickering of the lights.


ASL Lessons
Students have learned how to sign greetings, goodbyes, and useful commands. Some examples are listed below: 
  • My name (fingerspell name).                       
  • See you soon!                                                   
  • You sign (fingerspell the word) how?         
  • What (sign) mean?                                          
  • You understand?                                             

  • Yes, I understand.                                           


First Day of Fall
The students used leaves, crayons, and with their creativity they made these Fall inspired drawings while they learned related vocabulary. 

The students learned the following theme words: Fall, turkey, pumpkin, tree, leaf, green, red, brown, yellow, and gold. 

Following Weeks...
We will learn in-depth the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes! 




Saturday, September 19, 2015

St. James ASL Class Week 1

Hello all!

My name is Teacher Desmona and I teach beginning American Sign Language (ASL) at our St. James site. This is my second year returning and I'm looking forward to having fun with ASL this year with your kids and families!

This week we covered basic greetings, introductions, and personal identity. Giving and receiving this kind of information is very important in Deaf Culture and we will spend a couple of weeks going over this kind of conversation practice. We reviewed the manual alphabet and some numbers. We also played some fun games this week - 4 Corners, Red Light/Green Light/Yellow Light (both popular requests) and Alphabet Bingo. The last couple days of the week we did an illustration activity and created folders to put our classwork into.

Here's what we covered: vocab and ASL grammar

Hello
Good morning
Good afternoon
Good night
Please
Thank you
Welcome
Age
Year
California

You name what?
My name _______. (fingerspell name)

Old you?
I __#__. (number is placed by chin and brought down like sign for old)

You boy, girl which?
I boy.  -or-  I girl.

You live where?
I live Davis.  -or-  I live Woodland.
(city names are fingerspelled first then signed)

Nice to-meet you.


A typical day is my classroom goes as follows:
Each morning I like to start with a Daily Exercise where we cover the week number, the date, *fingerspelling class names, and days of the week. I ask what was Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow to practice weekdays. Following that I like to do what I call a Warm Up activity. These activities are repeated throughout the year to enforce knowledge and skill in particular categories. Alphabet, numbers, colours, shapes, and animals will be common Warm Up categories. Next we move onto the Lesson. I usually write down the vocab and grammar on the white board of what will be covered that day. I have a few different ways to approach how we review the lessons, depending on the category. Finally, we do an activity or play a game using the signs we have just practiced. This ranges from physical activity to a more tame folder activity. And lastly, at the end of the class we review a Parting Phrase which can range from a simple goodbye to signing a full sentence.
I like to encourage the students to use their voices as little as possible and use their hands as much as possible. Its good practice for everyone, even the teachers!
Also, I always prepare for a Plan B activity - just in case. :)
*optional

This week I sent home copies of the manual alphabet. Please practice at home and I encourage you to make flashcards for improving their fingerspelling.
I had a wonderful first week and look forward to the rest of the year!

Happy Signing!