How to Teach: Expressing Beatings

In this section, we will not only learn how to teach the word hit, but also how to express who hit who and respond to that. We will also find out how to request and give forgiveness. In this section we will learn the following:
– He/she hit you.
– You hit him/her
– He/she hit me
– No
– Don’t hit
– You ask her for forgiveness
– Forgive me
– I forgive you

 

 

Phase One

Step One

When you see one child hit another child:

Sign to the child who was hit – “That person hit you.”

To do this:
1. Sign “that person” (point to the child who hit)
2. Sign “you” (point to the child who was hit)
3. Sign “hit”

Step Two

Sign to the child who hit – “You hit that person.”

To do this:
1. Sign “you” (point to the child who hit)
2. Sign “that person” (point to the child was hit)
3. Sign “hit”

Step Three

Sign to the child who hit: “No. Don’t hit.”

Do this by:
1. Signing “no”
2. Shaking your head no while signing “hit.”

Step Four

Sign to the child who hit: “Ask for that person’s forgiveness.”
1. Sign “you” (point to the child you’re addressing)
2. Sign “him/her” (point to the child he/she hit)
3. Sign “ask”
4. Sign “forgive me.”

Step Five

Help the child who hit sign “forgive me.” and help the child who was hit sign “I forgive you.”

“I forgive you” is signed:

1. Sign “me”
2. Sign “you”
3. Sign “forgive”

After you do this for a week, start phase two of teaching. In phase two, the steps are as follows.

Step One

When you see one child hit another child:

Sign to the child who was hit – “That person hit you.”

Step Two

Sign to the child who hit – “You hit that person.”

Step Three

Sign to the child who hit: “No. Don’t hit.”

Step Four

Sign to the child who hit: “Ask for that person’s forgiveness.”

Step Five

Wait for them to sign “Forgive me” and “I forgive you.” Help them as necessary.

Have them hug in reconciliation,

This is the final phase. This begins after the child regularly signs in response to the signed question and, hopefully, uses that sign independently to express their want/need.

Phase Three

Step One

When you see that a child is hit or that child expresses being hit, sign to the child who hit “No. Don’t hit. Ask forgiveness.”

Step Two

Variations:

“Stop hitting” variation: If the child is hitting another child as you are watching, sign the one-handed negatively expressed “finish.” to mean “stop it!” Then proceed to the asking forgiveness part.

Hitting is wrong Variation: This can be a great opportunity to teach them the difference between right and wrong. This can be expressed after their reconciliation by signing:

Hitting bad (with negative expression)
Hugging good (with positive expression)

In addition: This is also a great opportunity to teach them to ask God for forgiveness. See lesson entitled: “How to Teach: Asking God’s Forgiveness.”

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