How to Teach: Health (dirty, wash, clean)

Words hold concepts. By teaching words, we teach concepts to the children. An essential concept is that of health. By teaching them the concepts of dirtiness, washing, and cleaness, and the corresponding negativity of dirtiness and positivity of cleanliness, we give them, ultimately, the concept of good health.

There are a few phases to teaching the signs for dirty, wash, and clean. In this lesson, we’ll find out what they are.

Phase One

Step One

Before you wash the children, sign “dirty” with a negative expression on your face.

Then sign “wash” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

(This is asking them “Do you need to be washed?”)

Step Two

While you wash them, occasionally sign the word for wash with natural, statement eyebrows and a positive expression and attitude.

Step Three

When you have finished washing the child sign “wash finished.”

Then sign “clean” with raised, questioning eyebrows followed by “clean” with neutral, statement eyebrows.

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

Phase Two

Step One

Before you wash the children, sign “dirty” with a negative expression on your face.

Have the child also sign “dirty.” Help them form the sign with their hands till they can do it on their own.

Step Two

Then sign “wash” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

And have the child sign “wash” in response.

Step Three

While you wash them, occasionally sign the word for wash with natural, statement eyebrows and a positive expression and attitude.

Step Four

When you are finished washing them, sign “wash finished.” And then “clean.”

Have the child sign “clean” too.

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

Before you wash the children, sign “dirty” with a negative expression on your face.

Wait for the child to sign “dirty.”

Step Two

Then sign “wash” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

And wait for the child to sign “wash” in response.

Step Three

While you wash them, occasionally sign the word for wash with natural, statement eyebrows and a positive expression and attitude.

Step Four

When you are finished washing them, sign “wash finished.” And then “clean.”

Wait for the child to sign “clean” too, and wobble your head in approval.

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