Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy

Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy

Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy

Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy

Synopsis

One of the foremost authorities on the use of sign language with hearing children provides a guide for teachers and parents who want to introduce signing in hearing children's language development. Marilyn Daniels provides a complete explanation for its use, a short history of sign language and its primary role within the Deaf community, an identification of the steps to reading success delineated with suggestions for incorporating sign language, and the results of studies and reactions of children, teachers, and parents. She shows how sign language can be used to improve hearing children's English vocabulary, reading ability, spelling proficiency, self-esteem, and comfort with expressing emotions. Signing also facilitates communication, aids teachers with classroom management, and has been shown to promote a more comfortable learning environment while initiating an interest and enthusiasm for learning on the part of students.

Excerpt

This book is about sign language and how sign language can be used to improve hearing children's English vocabulary, reading ability, spelling proficiency, self-esteem, and comfort with expressing emotions. Sign also facilitates communication, is an effective tool for establishing interaction between home and school, aids teachers with classroom management, has been shown to promote a more comfortable learning environment and initiates an interest in and enthusiasm for learning on the part of students. I know, it sounds like magic.

Within the pages of this book you will encounter hard facts, research reports, and historical evidence that demonstrate that the claims delineated in the preceding paragraph are true. You will be able to read the reactions of children, parents, and teachers who have used sign language for educational purposes. You will be shown how to begin to use sign language at home with your own children or how to incorporate it in curriculum in a classroom setting. The book is written for both parents and teachers who would like to enhance children's education with sign language.

The book is organized in four parts: Getting Started, Research, Theory, and Doing It. In this first introductory chapter, of Part I, Getting Started, you will find a fairly complete explanation of the material covered in each of the various parts. Depending on your background and personal perspective you may choose to read the . . .

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