For Teachers: How to use the Lessons

Follow the “Lessons” to the right. Click on the lesson number and go through the material. Ideally, in one session you should read through one “How to Teach” and learn the corresponding signs posted in the lesson. (For example: Read through the “How to Teach: Diaper Change” and learn the corresponding sign under “Diaper Change.”)

You can print the “How to Teach” instructions and/or the “Lesson Posters” by pressing the “print” button located at the bottom of any post you may like to print. The lesson posters and category posters (found in the topical dictionary) can be printed out and placed in convenient places as quick references. They can always be found on this site both under their lesson and in the category “How to Teach” or “Posters.”

In Lesson Four you will learn how to teach nouns, verbs, adjectives etc in general. Each one of those lessons includes a link to the corresponding Topical Sign Language Dictionary category of words you can use with that method.

How to Teach: Verbs

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

Phase One

Step One

Sign “What am I doing?” or “What are you doing?”

Step Two

With your eyebrows in neutral, statement position, point to the person who is doing the action and sign the corresponding verb.

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

Phase Two

Step One

Sign “What is that?”

Step Two

Make them point to the person doing the action and then sign the word for the action.

Step Three

Give ascent. To reinforce the idea, point to the person doing the action and then sign the word for the action.

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

Phase Three

Step One

Sign “What am I doing?” or “What are you doing?”

Step Two

Wait till they sign it before smiling and giving Indian head-bobble ascent.

This can be a positive, game-like activity. You could teach the kids to play this as a game with each other.

For a list of verbs go to the category “Sign Language Dictionary – topical” and then the subcategory “verbs”
Or click here.

How to Teach: Nouns

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

Phase One

Step One

Sign “What is that?” :

Step one – point to the object
Step two – sign “what” with lowered, questioning eyebrows.

Step Two

Point to the object and sign the corresponding sign.

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

Phase Two

Step One

Sign “What is that?”

Step Two

Make them sign the object’s sign. Help them form the sign with their hand until they can do it on their own.

Step Three

Point to the object and sign the corresponding sign.

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

Sign “What is that?”

Step Two

Wait till they sign it before smiling and giving Indian head-bobble ascent.

This can be a positive, game-like activity. You could teach the kids to play this as a game with each other.

For nouns to teach with this method, go to the category “Sign Language Dictionary – Topical” and then the subcategory “Nouns.”

Or click here.