“Thinking of a Name” – A Signing Song

Did you know that American Sign Language, or ASL, is the fourth most-used language in the United States? More and more preschools are including some ASL in their curriculum, and research indicates it may even help hearing children with oral language and reading! This song, and other songs using ASL, are included in my book […]

Do you use ASL with young children?

Why you should use ASL with young children More and more schools and early childhood learning centers are teaching some ASL (American Sign Language) to their (hearing) students. It seems counterintuitive, to say the least. Young children are still learning their own language – receptive, oral and written. Isn’t that enough? Why burden them with […]

Singing and Signing with “Bear Wants More”

The popularity of Karma Wilson’s “Bear” series of picture books is richly deserved. Charming characters, rhythmic text, and easy-to-follow, often repetitive storylines make these books perfect for reading aloud to young children. As a music teacher, I’m always on the lookout for stories which are easily “musicalized” – either with sound effects like stomping or […]

American Sign Language and Early Childhood Music

“Simple Signing with Young Children” by Carol Garboden Murray I discovered this wonderful resource several years ago. Actually, I’ve always been interested in signing, and I’ve attended numerous workshops at early childhood conferences on using American Sign Language, or ASL, with young children. But this book is the most accessible and easy-to-use resource I’ve found. […]