Creating a Language Rich
Environment using ASL Series # 1
Jenning Prevatte, M.Ed.
Use index fingers and cross repeatedly in front of you
For over 30 years the use of sign language with young hearing children has been an area of interest in the education field. There have been several research experiments, both qualitative and quantitative, on the use of sign language with a variety of hearing children from birth to six. The research has demonstrated that there are many benefits to utilizing sign language with hearing children. Some of the benefits noted in the research are developing larger vocabularies, possessing greater self-esteem, and increasing phonemic awareness and spelling skills. The research has deemed that American Sign Language (ASL) is a useful intervention for early education curriculum and is not only for deaf children. This gift from the deaf community is a hearing child’s blessing.
Take open hand and make a circle in front of you
Take open hand and start at you lips and wave down
Use thumb and little fingers on both hands and wave in front of you