Recommended Viewing: The Sign Language Storytelling Series from Weston Woods

These excellent videos are perfect for both Deaf and hearing families!  Native signers Missy Keast and Manny Hernandez appear in front of the pictures and English text, telling the story on each page in American Sign Language.  Weston Woods, long known for its high-quality visual adaptations of picture books, applies its signature style to these DVDs, making them fully accessible for both Deaf audiences and hearing non-signers.  Each DVD also features:

  • optional English text on screen and English voiceover
  • a vocabulary section showing featured signs in isolation, arranged alphabetically by English translation
  • a 10-question quiz that assesses comprehension and memory
  • an optional read-along feature that highlights each word as it is spoken

Titles available in this series:

es Very Young Vol 1 DVDBig Al by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Yoshi: Big Al is large and scary-looking , so the little fish are afraid of him.Then he gets to prove what a good friend he can be!

 

 

 

s Very Young Vol 1 DVDBlue Burt and Wiggles by Derek Anderson: An unusual friendship develops between a bird and a worm, showing how common concerns lead to unusual friendships.

 

 

 

9780977097470_lgA Creature Was Stirring by Carter Goodrich: A little boy says that, despite what everyone thinks, he was the only creature stirring in the house that Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

ies Very Young Vol 1 DVDFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow: As soon as they say goodnight to Mama, five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead.

 

 

 

s Very Young Vol 1 DVDGladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson: One day Gladys smells something delicious and leaves the zoo to find out what it is…and the adventure begins.

 

 

 

ies Very Young Vol 1 DVDLittle Quack by Lauren Thompson: Splish! Splash! Splosh! Can Little Quack find the courage to join his brothers and sisters in the pond?

 

 

 

ies Very Young Vol 1 DVDA Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman: Corduroy, a lovable stuffed bear, gets lost. After an all-night adventure he is rescued by his owner.

 

 

 

ies Very Young Vol 1 DVDThere’s Something in My Attic by Mercer Mayer: A brave little girl captures a ngihtmare to show her parents that there really is something in the attic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 week left to register for “Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language”!

macmillan-livenup_300indWednesday, December 7, 2016

2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

90 minutes; offered through ALA Editions

$60 individual; $120 group

Signing with young children of any hearing ability fosters bonding, stimulates language development, and reduces frustration for caregiver and child. Learn how to use sign language in storytimes to broaden their appeal and make them more participative. In this interactive workshop, Kathy MacMillan—American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, librarian, and storyteller—will use video examples to provide easy-to-learn signs that can be retaught and incorporated into stories, rhymes, and songs. You will be able to use the skills learned in this workshop to create programs that will help you, your staff, and parents communicate better with children.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • List 3 benefits of using sign language with young children
  • Describe at least 3 ways to use sign language in baby and toddler storytimes
  • Demonstrate 3 ASL signs appropriate for use in baby or toddler storytimes

Click here for more information or to register!

You Simply Must Meet ASL Nook!

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If you are interested in signing with children, don’t miss ASL Nook!  Featuring Deaf adults Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson, and two absolutely adorable little girls named Shaylee and Ivy, each short ASL Nook video features a theme, from school signs to patriotic signs to animal signs.  But instead of just the here’s-the-picture, here’s-the-sign approach that so many videos use, ASL Nook presents language in context, showing the adults and children interacting.  Funny, entertaining, and completely accessible to both hearing and Deaf audiences, ASL Nook is a game-changer in the world of signing with children. You can subscribe to receive updates when new videos are posted, or you can catch the videos on the website, or you can follow ASL Nook on Facebook. But whatever you do, don’t miss out!

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/YCT3FEC-ZY4

Begin by teaching the ASL signs TREE and BIRD. Explain that in this rhyme, you will be learning about a specific kind of bird called a woodpecker, and will be using the signs to show how the woodpecker uses the tree.

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to eat! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now eat up the bugs you found, just like that. (move fingers to show beak eating bugs)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to sleep! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now nestle in the hole you made, cozy as can be! (nestle bird in palm of hand)

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddFind lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

Signing (in both senses) @ the Baltimore Book Festival

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Bring the whole family this weekend for the Baltimore Book Festival, an exciting 3-day celebrating books and readers!  The festival will take place at the Inner Harbor   There will be lots of great activities for readers of all ages, and you’ll get to meet lots of authors in person – including me!

Friday, September 25 11 AM-3 PM &

Saturday, September 26, 11 AM-7 PM:

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region Tent at the times below, along with a bunch of other great local children’s authors.  Come on down to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER, enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts, and learn about my young adult novel SWORD AND VERSE, which will be released by HarperCollins in January.  In addition, interactive author presentations will take place in the tent every half hour.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Signing Supports Spoken Language Development

No matter how much research refutes it, the myth seems to persist that signing with children will somehow discourage them from developing speech.  In fact, the opposite is true!  Signing with children both encourages and enhances spoken language development!  Find out how with Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, in this video.

Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB6QVAq4nXY

This is the sixth video in a series of Stories By Hand videos about signing with children. Previous videos:

Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?

Build Early Literacy Through Sign Language

Get Started Signing with Your Baby or Toddler

Singing and Signing: The Stinky Diaper Song

Signing with Your Preschooler

Signing with Your Preschooler

It is not just preverbal children who benefit from signing – there are many practical  benefits to signing with children after they are already speaking!  Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, explains more in this video demonstration.

Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ1SOamHjrs

This is the fifth video in a series of Stories By Hand videos about signing with children. Previous videos:

Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?

Build Early Literacy Through Sign Language

Get Started Signing with Your Baby or Toddler

Singing and Signing: The Stinky Diaper Song

Singing and Signing: The Stinky Diaper Song

Singing songs and using sign language can both support your child’s language development, ease transitions, and make your life easier!  Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, explains how and demonstrates the “Stinky Diaper Song”.

Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMS-yRMAJ4

This is the fourth video in a series of Stories By Hand videos about signing with children. Previous videos:

Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?

Build Early Literacy Through Sign Language

Get Started Signing with Your Baby or Toddler

Get Started Signing with Your Baby or Toddler

Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, offers advice and teaches a few basic signs to start with.

Direct link: http://youtu.be/8_jxpq4XLgg

This is the third in a series of Stories By Hand videos about signing with children.   Previous videos:

Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?

Build Early Literacy Through Sign Language

Build Early Literacy Skills with Sign Language

More and more research shows that signing with all children supports key early literacy skills.  Here Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, explains what early literacy is and how signing with children enhances it.

Direct link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiRcvgsIYZw

This is the second in a series of Stories By Hand videos about signing with children.  To see the first video, “Why Sign with Your Baby or Toddler?”, click here.