I did a basic signalong course a couple of years ago to assist in my role of Shared Carer and have enjoyed expanding my vocabulary by buying additional manuals since. It's a fabulous form of sign language and I much prefer it to Makaton which to me just isn't clear enough of how to perform the signs correctly. I also like the large vocabulary that Signalong offers, so thanks guys.
I just wondered if anyone has any good ideas to help with learning some of the signs? Going through the manuals page by page can be a bit stale and I was wondering if there are any tried and tested games/activities . The ladies who ran the course had some good games that help the signs stick but these are better for groups. I haven't had a lot of opportunities to use my signing but want to keep it fresh in my mind so I don't lose what I have! My partner also signs as part of their work and it would be good to learn some of the new signs together. It would also help with introducing new signs to any child that I may care for.
I found some ideas here but again they are better suited to groups and I am always after more!
Hi, some ideas from our trainers: "i've found that in order to keep the clients focused (especially after lunch -lol) poppin in a few games like picture lotto (using keyword photos) sometimes helps!!
i have also made a few people cards - helping them practice clothes and colours.
Rooms with a view - in small groups describing what they can see within a busy picture (these include rooms and enviroments.)
feely bags - with objects from 1A....... (again colour and label)
plates - with velcro food "i like to eat....."
grandma went to the shops and she brought....... repeatition game...... ( i went on hoilday and i packed - using suitcase shaped books - velcro)
i have a number of further sucessful resources - i can inform you of - which hopefully may help!?!? my email - email@example.com "
"I work in a school & nursery for children with physical impairments, we try to sign with all our pupils so that they all learn together - so our set up is slightly different from yours. However, similarly to the last post - games are really motivating. If you have materials - Mr Potato Head & children have to sign to request the pieces, - Guess Who - 1 child thinks of someone in the room, the others sign eye colour, clothing colors etc to narrow it down & then name sign to guess, -Preparing picnic using plasticine- the children sign what colour plasticine they'd like & then what food/drink they're making, -feely bags with toys, animals, clothing etc. we've also done this with noisy toys e.g. the child hears barking & then signs dog. - Bingo - you have to sign before you cover the called word. -Using picture cards - snap, but you must sign the matching image to claim the cards. -Playing at doctor with dolls, children have to indicate (using signing) the body parts that are sore, then the doctor/nurse can put on a bandage - in a small group & with young children they enjoyed being the patient themselves & getting bandaged themselves. -Songs also work well - 'I went to school one morning & i saw a (insert feeling) (insert person)' , sing to the tune of here we go round the mulberry bush' (i think the tweenies might have this song on their website). The children really enjoy putting teachers names in but also other children using signing."
Some more responses: "Hi I'm running two signing clubs this year, keeping key stages 1&2 separate on the (wise) advice of Pam Gough. I base what I do on the 'Happy Hands' signing club manual that she was instrumental in compiling. I found that with Key stage one, I had to keep it light and fun, and I based what I did on situations like shops when I taught the food signs. I taught the signs using the plastic play food etc that I had and then set up a shop where I was the shopkeeper and they had to come into the shop and 'buy' the items. They were only allowed to buy the items that they could sign. My key stage 2 club is only a couple of weeks old, but last week when I taught the animal signs, we then split into 2 teams. I had previously printed off the animals (in words) and had two sets of them in separate bowls at the front of the class. The children sat cross legged on the floor, then the child at the front stood up, chose an animal word from the bowl read it and put it back, then turned to face their team and signed it. If the child facing interpreted the sign correctly they moved to the front, the signer went to join their team at the back. If the sign cannot be interpreted, the signer chooses another animal and signs it. They loved this game!"
"I sometimes run a sibling sign group for my service (portage). I do a silent game that gets the children 'screaming' silently! It's so funny. We use pictures and numbers, colours, cats, dogs, chocolate... you get the idea. There are a range of pictures piled in random heaps up at one end of the room on a table. The first child in the group has to take a sentence and sign it to the next one. (3 green bottles) That person has to run, find the correct amount of pictures and bring it back. They then 'tell' the next person what to go and fetch. It is frantic, embeds simple signs and can be extended and adapted to any situation."
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