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!

Sign Up Now 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!

Coming December 7: Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language Webinar

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!

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

FIVE FREE SESSIONS
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6 and 13, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library (Lower Level)

19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874

Learn to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice.  These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

Register online at the library website  or call the Germantown Library at  240-777-0110.

Note: These classes are not affiliated by Stories By Hand.  This information is provided as a resource to those seeking ASL instruction in the community.

Summer Reading 2017: “Little Hands Signing: In My Neighborhood”

Just in time for 2017’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, “Build a Better World”, it’s…

LITTLE HANDS SIGNING: IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

Library, store, hospital, and more!  There are so many places to see in our neighborhood!  Join signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan for stories, songs, rhymes, and American Sign Language fun. (40 minutes; available as a baby/toddler, preschooler, birth-6, or all-ages program)

$275 per program; discounts available for multiple bookings.  Click here for complete rates and booking information.

Book a program for Summer 2017 by December 31, 2016 and receive 15% off the program price!  Ask about a free same-day author program for Kathy’s Young Adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016)!

Save the Date!: “ASL for Library Staff” eCourse to be offered again Winter 2017!

The next session of this popular eCourse, taught by Kathy MacMillan, will begin January 23, 2017. Watch this space or sign up to follow this blog by email to be notified when registration is open.

Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

Length of Course: 6 weeks (participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete all assignments)

In the Community: Baltimore’s Biggest ASL Class

BALTIMORE’S BIGGEST ASL CLASS
Community Sign Language Gathering

Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Hearing and Speech Agency Auditorium

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Free admission. Refreshments available for purchase in the lobby.

ABOUT THE CLASS: Lessons on Deaf culture, history and awareness.  Join us as we come together in an ASL-rich celebration of communication! This program is presented entirely in sign language and while no voice interpretation will be provided, we invite anyone to attend – whether they are fluent in ASL or not. This event is in participation with our Fall 2016 ASL classes.  For more information, please visit www.hasa.org.

In the Community: ASL Classes for All Ages at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED FALL 2016

SEPTEMBER 6 – NOVEMBER 15

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | ASL 5 | Children’s ASL

MORNING  CLASSES
(10:00 a.m. – Noon)
ASL 1: Tuesdays | ASL 2: Wednesdays
ASL 3: Thursdays | Signing for Seniors: Fridays

SPECIAL CLASS OFFERING
ASL for SLPs & Audiologists (Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
This course will combine introductory level skills with specific content, which will allow the audiologist or speech-language pathologist to conduct an interview, determine communication needs and work with interpreters within their practice setting.
The course will combine the elements of ASL I-III with specific vocabulary selected from educational and medical terminology. 
(Approved for CEUs by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists)

For pricing and registration information, click here.