Monday, April 30, 2012

NHBA Book Group, Wonderstruck, Finger Spelling, and More

I've shared previously about's National Homeschool Book Award club.  We usually read the books aloud as a family and then Mrs. Bergerson who leads the group has wonderful information, discussion, and activities.

The past two months we have read and discussed Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. He is also the author/illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret which was recently made into an award-winning movie.

This month during the book group, one of the main themes was finger spelling. The group learned and practiced the alphabet and their names using finger spelling. Then they did a cool activity. Mrs. Bergerson had them trace their hand and cut out the same number of hands as letters in their name. Then using tape or glue stick, the hands were to be shaped into shape of the finger spell letters. We then glued ours down to a piece of construction just to "make it pop!"
Mija has really gained an interest in finger spelling and sign language as a result. American Sign Language University is a website with lessons, videos, activities, and even jokes! Want to teach it as a homeschool subject? They offer a syllabus for teaching it in a homeschool.
HERE is a site that has fun video quizzes. You watch the letters being signed and then enter what you believe the correct answer is. You can set the number of letters It's actually related to the ASL University site.
Here's a few more sites to check out:

How about you? Do you know any great sites or activities for including ASL?

Deaf/ASL tishie

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