For years I have been looking for a way to learn American Sign Language together as a family. I know that at some point my boys will need to learn a foreign language and I really love the idea of learning ASL. When they were babies I did a little baby signing with them: milk, more, eat, help. Sadly once they started talking I stopped learning and teaching them signs.
Recently I was introduced to DawnSign Press a company that helps you learn to sign in a very natural way. They graciously sent us a copy of The New Little Red Riding Hood and The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears to try out with my boys and we LOVED them both!
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Learning American Sign Language with Once Upon a Sign DVDs
Each DVD has two parts. The main part of the DVD is the actual story. Your kids can watch as Little Red makes her way to grandma’s house and meets the wolf. The actors all sign and there’s a voice over to help translate what’s being signed.
Once the story is completed (about 20 minutes) the second part of the video goes over some of the main signs that were used. This is the teaching part of the DVD. One by one the actors go over the sign giving your child time to practice.
Take a look at the trailer for Little Red Riding Hood:
Why Once Upon a Sing is Great for My Family:
I was very impressed with the quality of these DVDs and how easy they are to use and to learn from. Here are some of the things that really stood out to me:
- Great for multiple ages! One thing that I’m always looking for is resources that I can use with all of my children. These DVDs are great for my older boys and I love that in a few years my little guy can use them as well.
- Deaf actors teaching the signs: When it comes to foreign language I have always been told that it’s best to learn from a native speaker. I love that the actors in these DVDs are deaf. My boys were able to see the different signs but also other things like facial expressions and using their whole body to convey emotions.
- Using familiar stories: My boys were able to pick up on a few signs right away because they were familiar with the story. They didn’t have to watch to learn the story and the signs. Beacause they knew these tales well they could pick up on how different words were signed as they were repeated throughout the story. They also started looking for signs of words they knew would be in the story (like “wolf” or “baby bear”).
If you are looking for a resource for your family I highly recommend that you check out the Once Upon a Sign series. It’s been a great way to introduce ASL to my boys and to motivated this homeschool mom to keep learning more and teaching my boys as well.