Why teach songs in signs? Research confirms that association between movement and language leads to vocabulary development and concept understanding. For years, educators have realized the importance of multisensory stimulation. In other words, the more senses that the child uses in a learning experience, the better the chance the information will be retained. Many signs actually look like the concepts they represent, creating “pictures in the air.” Because the neuro-pathways through which language develops in the brain are the same pathways that the brain uses for movement, the use of signs with young children augments cognitive language development. This lesson presents LONDON BRIDGE in ASL.
American Sign Language is its own language with its own syntax, so the song is presented in concepts rather than word for word (signing word-for-word is called Signed English). Sign illustrations are hand drawn and presented in ASL. Word hints for forming the signs follow the illustrations.
An example of the illustration for BRIDGE is found in the preview.
2 pages with illustrations