If you have been around the blog here for a while, you can probably guess why we have decided to choose American Sign Language as a second language for our kids. But today I thought I would share the specific reasons why and also share about how DawnSignPress can help you learn ASL at home.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of DawnSignPress. All thoughts and ideas are 100% mine.
Why Sign Language As a Second Language for Our Children
Probably one of the main reason we chose American Sign Language as a second language for our kids is because I started using baby signs with Ellie at just a few months old. So it seemed like a natural progression once she started getting older.
However, with my background in Occupational Therapy, I know there are definitely other benefits to learning sign language as a second language for kids.
- Ability to communicate with those who have special needs (deaf, Autism Spectrum etc.)
- Increase visual motor skills while learning signs
- Increase in fine motor skills, particularly finger isolation movements while learning signs
- Increase in alphabet knowledge and recognizing letters and numbers at a young age
At 2 1/2, now 3, my daughter has learned to sign her first name and also recognize the letters of her name, as well as numbers 1-10. I have noticed sign language has definitely increased her vocabulary and also the ability to recognize letters and numbers as a toddler and young preschooler.
Using DawnSignPress For Sign Language In Your Home
If you are looking for ways to include sign language in your home, DawnSignPress and their Once Upon a Sign series can be helpful. They include well known stories and nursery rhymes that many children will recognize and re-tell them in sign language.
We received The Magic Mirror and Jack and the Beanstalk from Once Upon a Sign. Each DVD includes the story with voice over so you can hear the words as well as see the signs. The second part of the DVD takes common words and themes from the story and teaches the sign individually.
It also exposed my daughter to how sign language looks in real life when carrying on a conversation, which I think is also valuable at her age.