American Sign Language (ASL)
Teacher: Tammy Taylor-Short
Mat Fees: $25
Fall: 11 weeks: $260 or $250 if taking 2 or more classes
Winter: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
Spring: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
The best way for a child to learn a second language is through imitation and repetition. The purpose of this program is to introduce the new language as if it were the native language. Therefore, classes are fully conducted in American Sign Language. Learning a new language should be a fun experience! That is why I created a curriculum that engages children through music, movements, games, arts and crafts, role play, and story time.
The objective of class is to learn basic conversational skills, fingerspelling, signs such as colors, numbers, animals and foods, family, and more! We will also learn about deaf culture in collaboration with learning ASL. A typical day in class would include welcome, a mini lesson, game or project, break, another mini lesson, partner sign practice and summary of day.
Most importantly, I want children to have creative experiences. I want to motivate children to be lifelong learners, express their creativity, think critically, spread positivity, be well, and just plain have fun!
Research conducted by Dr. Marilyn Daniels, a professor of speech communication at Penn State University, has demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements (American Sign Language) to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in the participating children. It is also a beautiful way to learn to express oneself, and to learn how to communicate within the deaf community.