ASL Brings the Language Alive

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We’re glad you’re part of our BLOG family. As you know Sprouting New Beginnings specializes on posting ideas on how to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL, which is a gift from the deaf) into your lives and programs.

ASL promotes school readiness and success by developing early communication, brain development and literacy… so thank you for being one of our peeps! We hope you help us pass on the message too!

So for today we would like to talk about the high correlation between vocabulary size at age three and reading test scores at age nine.

It is not surprising to know that ASL enhances early literacy skills by supporting oral language development and increasing vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills.  Through increase student engagement during story time and intentionally teaching vocabulary words using ASL, students have an increased opportunity to work with language and use it in a variety ways. 

Not Just for Prevebal II

Research shows that ASL enhances pre-literacy skills and helps build the bridge of communication with pre-verbal children.  An effective intervention model for developing pre-literacy skills ASL is easily incorporated into all aspects of language development. 

We suggest using it during story time at home or in the classroom to highlight vocabulary words in the story, as well as to label, describe, and categorize words.Classroom LabelsSongs & Chants for Signing

Our philosophy is that using ASL as a strategy to support language development is beneficial not only for communication and literacy skills but also for all other learning domains; cognitive, motor, adaptive, social and emotional. 

ASL, being the third largest language in the United States, is easily incorporated into the daily routines of children.  It offers children the ability to build the bridge of communication with their caregivers while promoting a strong literacy foundation for their future.  Incorporating ASL into your daily home activities or literacy curriculum enhances children’s connections to language, reading, writing, and speaking.

Ultimately, it brings language a live!

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A fun way to support oral language development is to using songs and chants.  This supports children developing their phonemic
awareness and introduces new vocabulary.  Children have fun playing with the language while building fine motor skills as they
sign, sing, and chant.  We’ve put together a collection of our favorite songs and chants for you. This can be found at one of our
teacher resource stores, please visit Teachers Pay Teachers and have fun incorporating ASL into your reading program!

TipFollow us on TpT to find all of our resources, plus we have regular sales for you to stock up on all those wonderful
resources we mention in our BLOG!  And bring your language alive!

Are you looking to learn more ASL?  Check out the Sprouting New Beginnings YouTube site and feel free to join the fun and
follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  We love sharing the gift of ASL with others.

Happy Signing II