Monday, November 10, 2014

ALEC Sign Language Class is a Hit!

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain
Recently, we began sign language classes for our awesome elementary students at ALEC. I'm happy to announce that it's a hit! Every other week, sign language classes have been taught by Michelle from Lend an Ear Consulting. Each class builds on the previous, and this past week the students have been learning new words and phrases.

Michelle and our staff are extremely impressed at how fast our students have picked up phrases, words, and the alphabet! We would love for you to check out our video of the students practicing with Michelle. Their enthusiasm honestly inspires me!

Michelle kicked it up a notch this week by having students recall, from memory, a list of words, as well as, mixing up the order in which she has the students repeat words. They enjoyed the challenged and were able to show off how much they know. Frequently, students will even remind me of how to sign a specific word I can't remember.

As our students learn new vocabulary and basic structural words such as, who, what, where, when, and how, we have began to incorporate a few phrases into our everyday class management. We use sign language to ask the students to "focus, please." And we remind them to say "thank you" in sign language too.

Michelle has been a wonderful teacher for our students. We look forward to her visits and enjoy the challenge of learning a new way of communicating. We are so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you Michelle!

- Corey

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