The ABC SONG in ASL
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 The ABC SONG 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.
Note from the author:
I worked with a deaf student in a classroom with other children who enjoyed watching the ABC Song in signs. When some of these children were later tested, they signed the letter first, and then said it vocally. After that, the teacher implemented signs for all the class. Children with special needs were able to master letter recognition by first signing and then vocalizing.