Jenning A Prevatte, M.Ed and Jennifer M. Matthews, M.Ed. received their Masters in Special Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood from Arizona State University. During the completion of their thesis studies on the effects of American Sign Language (ASL) on early literacy skills and brain development they engaged in action research and developed a meta-analysis on the positive impacts of using ASL with hearing children. In this meta-analysis they noted that using this strategy not only supports communication but also development of literacy skills, brain development, fine motor skills, adaptive skills, and social and emotional skills in children. Jenning and Jennifer are early childhood educators, trainers, coaches, and mothers. Jennifer currently is a Kindergarten teacher in the Dysart School District in Arizona and Jenning is faculty for Education and Early Childhood Education at Red Rocks Community College in Colorado. They utilize American Sign Language with their students and children with special needs, as well as with their own children. They are national presenters for conferences such as, NEAYC, Head Start, and Early Head Start. They are also the authors of the book, Sign, Read, & Play; The School Readiness Collection. All resources are based on Action Research and have been used in their own classrooms successfully!
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Published in Exchange Magazine ~Jenning A Prevatte Published book ~Sign, Read and Play ~ The School Readiness Collection ~Jenning A Prevatte, M.Ed and Jennifer M Matthews, M.Ed National Speakers including NAEYC, Head Start, Early Head Start and the NAFCC
Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood from Arizona State University! GO Devils!!
Our specialty is providing you American Sign Language (ASL) resources for your classroom. We have discovered that American Sign Language (ASL) is not just for pre-verbal children and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is a wonderful strategy to support literacy in an elementary classroom. In our classes we utilize the vocabulary of ASL to help children learn to spell, expand their developing vocabulary, and strengthen their reading skills. *ASL supports their development in literacy and in math by using a kinesthetic approach to learning. *ASL is used as a memory aid to increase learning. Our children say it, see it, and do it, which supports brain development and multiple intelligences. All resources are based on action research and have been used in their own classrooms successfully for over 11-years! Visit our website (www.sproutingnewbeginnings.com) to learn about our Upcoming Events - in 2015 we will be speaking at the California PK1 Conference, ILASCD Conference in Chicago, the TRIAD Conference in Colorado and the NAFCC Conference in Minneapolis, MN. We hope you can join us! Make sure you follow Sprouting New Beginnings Facebook Blog
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