You can make this simple SIGN LANGUAGE CENTER with a pocket folder. Glue a copy of manual signs for letters on the inside of the folder. (Download this at aslpro.com.) Write alphabet letters on index cards and place them in the pocket. Children choose a card and then try to reproduce that sign. For older children, write high frequency words or spelling words on index cards for them to practice spelling manually.
Learn to sign simple songs using manual signs. "Old MacDonald" or "I Know an Old Lady" would be a good place to start because you could just sign the animals for each verse. Alphabet songs, "The Color Farm," "Days of the Week," and other concept songs could be enriched with sign language.
Tired of talking and having your students ignore you? Try teaching them the signs below and you'll be surprised how the noise level in your classroom decreases. (Go to aslpro.com to watch video clips.)
Pay Attention palms pointing towards face
Stand Up 2 fingers standing on palm and then point up
Sit Down 2 fingers sitting and then point down
Walk walk fingers
Wait hands to side and wiggle fingers
Stop chop hand on palm
Restroom make “t” and wiggle
Water make “w” with fingers and place near your mouth
Use sign language as a quick review. You can ask questions and all the children can quietly respond with:
Yes wiggle fist up and down
No index and middle finger down to thumbUnderstand wiggle index finger near brain
Don’t Understand shake head “no” as you wiggle index finger
Reinforce manners with these signs:Please palm open on chest and circle around
Thank you fingers on chin and then down to palm
Sorry make fist and rub on chest in circular motion
And here's one of the best signs of all!