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Homeschool: Sign Language
Monday, January 16, 2023, 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Location : Mable House Arts Center
Contact : Holly Tate

Looking for a fun alternative to foreign language? Perhaps you’re just curious about signing as a fun enrichment program?  

Sign language is a joyful expression and offers a world of brain benefits.  It’s a great precursor to foreign language because it stimulates the language area of the brain. And research shows that learning to sign has other advantages: heightened awareness, improvement of reading/vocabulary skills and complex patterns, and greater visual/spatial perception (believed to help with driving skills). And while it’s good for the brain, it also cultivates the heart - promoting compassion for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Plus, signing is JUST PLAIN FUN!

Join Ms. Holly for 6 weeks of Signed Exact English (SEE). This is a continuation from Fall2, but newcomers are welcome. We’ll review the alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling and continue to work on simple sentences and songs with instruction, partner work and worksheets. Practice videos are available in a Google Classroom.

About SEESigned Exact English was designed by sign language experts to promote proper grammar in the deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) community and to ease their communication with hearing people. Hearing students often find SEE much easier and faster to learn than traditional American Sign Language - which is very symbolic and uses incomplete sentences. SEE uses the same signs as ASL, but in English word order and it features lip-reading (instead of just facial expression) which makes it easier for hearing people and deaf/HOH people to understand each other through more visual cues. SEE is the perfect starting point for a beginner student. And since SEE signs are ASL, it’s easy for kids to transition to ASL later if they need to switch.

Meet the TeacherHi, I’m Holly Tate. I began my sign language journey 25 years ago when I met my friend Melody, who was born deaf. We became fast friends, so I decided to learn SEE. Surprisingly, it wasn’t hard at all - in just a few weeks I knew all the basics. Then Melody made it even easier with memory anchor tricks (that I’ll teach you in class). Learning to communicate with Melody was so empowering and fun. I love signing and teaching SEE - whether in my music and drama classes, or as a stand-alone course. Learning sign language is fun and rewarding for kids of all ages.  I hope to *SEE* you in class!

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SEE ALSO:

Mon 9:30am-10:30am Express Yourself (Creative Writing & Public Speaking)

Mon 10:30am-11:30am Hands-On Art Appreciation

Mon 11:30am-12:30pm Homeschool Lunch

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