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Tiny Hands, Big Signs: Basic ASL Vocabulary for Young Learners Course 2

Melodie Courtney, A+ HomeTutoring
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
This 6-week class provides comprehensive and engaging American Sign Language instruction for children aged 4-7, equipping them with fundamental communication skills in a supportive and interactive environment.

Class experience

US Grade Preschool - 1
Beginner Level
This class is taught in American Sign Language.
Some ASL adapted learning goals, but not limited to:
1. Vocabulary Development (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5)
- Children will learn a variety of ASL signs, including the ASL alphabet, numbers, words related to self-expression, animals, and food, as well as special fall words.
2. Communication and Expression (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.6)
- Students will develop their ability to communicate in ASL, using basic signs and facial expressions to convey information, thoughts, and emotions effectively.
3. Listening and Comprehension (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.2)
- Children will demonstrate their understanding of ASL signs, instructions, and stories during interactive sessions and activities.
4. Cultural Awareness and Appreciation (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.4)
- Students will gain an appreciation of Deaf culture and the significance of sign language in the Deaf community, fostering cultural awareness and empathy.
5. Cognitive Skills (CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1)
- Engaging in activities like finger spelling and number signing will help develop cognitive skills such as problem-solving, memory, and pattern recognition.

While the CCSS may not directly align with ASL instruction, these adapted learning goals focus on language development, communication, and cognitive skills that are essential for children learning a new language like ASL.
I am an educator with over 22 years in the field. I have a BS in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, a MS in Deaf Education, and an M.Ed. in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement. I have worked in a variety of educational settings, including online. I have worked as a classroom teacher and a reading teacher/specialist in schools for the Deaf.
Homework Offered
Each week, parents will be given a "Take Home" Letter that has suggested activities or books for their child (related to the topic). The parents will also be given the video links of the ASL songs learned that week and flashcards of the weekly vocabulary words, so they can practice with their child. Students are highly encouraged to practice the signs at home for at least 10 minutes daily. Lastly, parents have to option to go to Faith in Literacy (faithinliteracy.com) to purchase additional practice materials focusing on ASL vocabulary. Examples may include, "Alphabet Playdough Mats - ASL" $2.99 or "Weekly Bedrock Vocabulary Practice Sheets" Packets $3.39/ea.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment: Assessing students' progress in this ASL class can be done through a combination of informal and formal assessment methods. Here are some ways to assess their learning: 1. Observation and Participation: - Observe students during live sessions and interactive activities to assess their ability to use ASL signs and communicate. - Evaluate their participation in class discussions, games, and group activities. 2. Vocabulary Quizzes: - Administer short quizzes or flashcard sessions to assess their knowledge of ASL signs for various topics, such as numbers, animals, or food. 3. Performance Assessments: - Students will participate in an ASL song at the end of each session, using the learned vocabulary. 4. Parent Feedback: - Seek feedback from parents to understand their child's progress, especially in terms of communication and the application of ASL in daily life. (If applicable) 5. End of Course Assessment: - Students will have an assessment in the 6th and final week of the course to check their progress and understanding of the material taught.
Grades Offered
Any materials needed will be provided ahead of the scheduled class.

General Materials That May Be Needed:
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Parents may be given materials that need to be cut out or prepared ahead of time. This involves the use of scissors, which is a potential hazard.
- Bedrock Vocabulary
- Core Knowledge Curriculum
- Google Slides
- YouTube
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Hello, my name is Melodie and I am an educator with over 22 years of experience. I have work with children in a variety of educational settings and backgrounds.I have a BA in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, a MA in Deaf Education, and a MA... 
Group Class


weekly or $150 for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 5-8
1-7 learners per class

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