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Signing Time! Practice Time ABCs

Signing Time! Practice Time ABCs

Fall 2007 DVD
Ages: 4 & Up
Producer: Signing Time!
DVD Price: $14.99

The Signing Time! Practice Time ABCs DVD teaches the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet in an entertaining manner appropriate for both children and adults. While most sign language DVDs teach common words, this video focuses entirely on the ASL alphabet. The presenter, Rachel Coleman, uses successful strategies to enhance learning including the use of repetition, multiple presentations of the signs in multiple formats and visual cues such as tape on her fingers to help the child see exactly where the fingers go for each sign.

In a friendly, approachable and professional presentation, Rachel demonstrates the sign for each letter and asks viewers to say what letter is. In the next exercise she gives viewers a letter and asks them to sign it. The model then demonstrates the sign so viewers can check their efforts. Finally, the last practice session is the most difficult in which the model signs a word and viewers have to figure out what word it is. The producers have cleverly designed the practice segments to appear in random order, encouraging learning, not just memorizing.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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