Why teach colors 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. 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 COLOR signs in ASL.
Sign illustrations are hand drawn and presented in ASL. Word hints for forming the signs follow the illustrations.
Note from the author:
I worked with a deaf student in a classroom with other children who enjoyed watching the colors as they were signed. When some of these children were later tested, they signed the color first, and then said it vocally. After that, the teacher implemented signs for all the class. Children with special needs were able to master color recognition by first signing and then vocalizing. After a while, the middle step (signing) was eliminated by the hearing children.
AN EXAMPLE OF A SIGN AND ITS DESCRIPTION IS PROVIDED IN THE PREVIEW.