Fun with ASL
We are having a lot of fun with signs. I recommend that all parents try sign language with their children. It’s never bad to have more ways to communicate, right? Even if it’s a total failure, I can’t really see the harm in trying!
Here are my favorite websites to look up new signs:
- American Sign Language University is a simple, thorough and free online resource to learn sign with an extensive vocabulary database. It uses video, illustrations and photographs to teach users signs. There are also free lessons, but I mostly use it as a dictionary.
- Signing Savvy is an online video dictionary for American Sign Language.
- My Smart Hands is a fun online resource with both paid and free lessons and videos for parents. In the videos, it shows children doing signs and explains how babies might do the sign differently.
I use these websites and my mom to learn signs. I use a lot more signs than my daughter has picked up on, but I have a lot of fun trying new signs. Probably too much fun.
Our newest signs are cracker, please and dog.
Warning: if you teach the sign for cracker, make sure you don’t run out of crackers!