Top Ten reasons for signing with All Children
Parents, teachers and caregivers, of young children, are always looking for ways to foster learning in a fun playful way and to build strong relationships with interactive activities. With all the choices that are available we would offer these considerations for using sign language, to communicate, play and sing and sign songs. Research across the U.S. and in many other parts of the world has shown that hearing children receive many benefits as a result learning sign language alongside verbal communication. Here are the top ten reasons to incorporate ASL into your child's daily life:
1) IT'S FUN AND PLAYFUL
Parents and teachers alike have discovered that young children, into elementary school, love to learn to sign and are genuinely excited to participate in signing activities. It is a fun playful activity for families to share.
2) EARLY COMMUNICATION
Young children have the ability to use their hands to communicate wants, thoughts and desires often many months before they can say the word. For very young children, as young as 10 months, this offers a way for parents to give their children communication skills and ease the frustrations of the crying guessing game.
3) REDUCES COMMUNICATION FRUSTRATIONS
Parents around the country have been reporting for years that signing gives them and their children a usable communication tool that enables children make clear wants and needs long before they can speak and thereby reducing the crying game frustrations.
4) INCREASED VOCABULARY
Hearing children who learn to sign have been shown to have up to twice the usable vocabulary, signed and spoken, than their non-signing counterparts. Signing offers children an additional way to communicate that is stored and accessed in a different part of the brain from verbal memory. It is a wonderful means of scaffolding or a way to build skills that will raise a child to the next level of learning. For infants it is a way to communicate using words prior to verbal skills being established. For toddlers it is a way to expand their usable vocabulary by getting more information and expanded language skills.
5) GIVES CHILDREN HEAD START ON EDUCATION
Children who sign have been found to have twice the usable vocabulary of non-signing children. Signing also provides children with a way to manipulate letters, sounds and to spell before they are able to write. It helps to prepare them for entering elementary school and helps with reading-readiness.
6) STIMULATES BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Signing has been shown to foster brain development in young children. This engaging activity encourages the brain to build synapses and dendrites. Signed words are stored in a separate part of the brain, learning sign along with spoken words, enhances memory and recall of language.
7) HELPS BUILD FINE AND GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
A great way for children to move their fingers, hands and bodies and develop hand–eye coordination.
Learning sign language enhances children's self-esteem and helps to encourage a real enthusiasm for learning.
9) LEARN VOCABULARY TO A SECOND LANGUAGE
We Sign uses American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary. ASL is the 4th most common in the U.S.
10) IMPROVES MEMORY AND RECALL
Children who sign find that learning about the world around them is fun and interesting. This excitement of learning will be carried on into elementary school, thus signing provides them with a Jump Start on Smart™.
We Sign is America's #1 interactive DVD series featuring ASL, instruction and activities, for hearing children (babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary ages) as well as for parents, teachers and other caregivers who wish to bring signing into the lives of their children. The Series has won over 50 National awards and has been highly acclaimed for over 15 years.