Saying Grace in Signs with PreSchoolers
Why say grace 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 this GRACE:
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything.
Sign illustrations are hand drawn and presented in ASL. For example, the signs for “Thank you, God” are shown in the PREVIEW.