Literacy Corner: Using Sign Language to Teach the Alphabet

Our preschoolers are learning American Sign Language (ASL) through song. The children have been practicing the alphabet in sign language since September, and most of them can independently make the signs for letters A through E, as well as symbols for "please" and "thank you". 

American Sign Language is the third most commonly used language in the United States. It's a skill that encourages communication and social interaction. Research shows that learning sign language through song fosters early literacy skills and builds confidence and enthusiasm for learning. Sign language helps many children remember new information and learn language concepts more quickly, as it allows kids to communicate using their whole bodies. Sign language makes abstract ideas easier to grasp by letting kids see and feel those language concepts. 

Try it at home!

First, watch the video with your child and practice signing together.

Name that sign

Now, ask your child to tap or click on the letter below that identifies the sign in the picture above. If you choose the right answer, your child will find a bookworm on the next page.