It is the most versatile strategy we have ever used. Using American Sign Language (ASL) in an early childhood classroom supports adult-child bonding by creating brain-based early experiences that provide nurturing and positive connections. PLUS, it is an effective communication strategy with all children, including English language learners and exceptional children! But wait, there is MORE! It is a gift from the deaf community that supports hearing children's language, social-emotional, and even fine motor skills.
How do you learn ASL?
Enroll in our self-paced eLearning course to learn the how and why of using ASL in early childhood.
What format is the course in?
Will I have access to my instructor? This course has been designed as a self-paced course with an online community of practice. What does that mean? It means you can engage in the content when it is convenient for you. The course material has been designed into 3 courses which include 4 lessons. Each lesson consists of a video and course reading, which will take approximately 10 min. for each component. In our online community of practice, you can engage with other early childhood professionals to ask questions, share ideas, and ask for advice. This is also where you will engage with the instructor.
What is a Community of Practice?
A community of practice is a beautiful way to support a collaborative learning environment with educators and professionals. A community of practice is a group of people engaging in reflective practice around a particular topic or strategy, and in this case, using American Sign Language (ASL) in the classroom. In a community of practice, teachers learn collaboratively by reflecting on what worked well and what was challenging and then co-creating solutions to support teacher and student learning.
What tools do I need to take this course?
You will need a good internet connection, a computer or tablet, and your favorite way to take notes. Last, you will need a growth mindset and a willingness to try something new and persevere through the learning curve.
When does this course start? When does it need to be completed?
Designed with you mind! We know time is your most valuable asset. We understand your time is precious, so we have designed these courses to be self-paced and take approximately 2 hours per course. They are always available. Plus, they never end. You have access for LIFE. This is wonderful because you can finish at your convenience, review any lesson or course as needed, and always have access to the online community of practice.
These courses are packed with everything you need to succeed.
What will I learn in these courses?
This 3-course series focuses on using the vocabulary from ASL to promote language, communication, and literacy development in early childhood education. Topics will include... ASL vocabulary, strategies for integrating ASL into teaching, books, and games to support children's development.
PLUS, you will earn 2-hours of Continuing Education seat time for your participation and completion of each course; three in total.
That gives you a total of 6-hours of professional development time!