Continuing the Conversation: Liven up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

We just wrapped up Kathy MacMillan’s workshop Liven up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language. We’ve gathered questions from the chat window so that Kathy can respond and elaborate.

Please continue the discussion of these, and any other questions you might have in the comments area. Kathy will be chiming in.

  • What do you think about the use of “baby signs”? How does that compare to ASL?
  • Do you find that using these techniques work best in a storytime where registrations is required (same or similar children each week) as opposed to non-registration storytime where you may have many different children/parents every week
  • What general signs would be good to use on a weekly basis?
  • Have you done sensory story times that incorporate sign language, and can you recommend some good resources regarding sensory story times for children with special needs?
  • I am curious about what sign you use for diamond in the Twinkle Little Star song.  I know the common gesture can be an ASL sign.

The Preliminary Readings for this Workshop Were:

Signing with Babies:

Benefit of Teaching Young Kids Sign Language:

American Sign Language:

Six Super Ways to Use Sign Language in Your Programs:

Kathy’s Videos on YouTube:

Bounce: Taking Turns:
Nursery Rhyme Activity: Jack Be Nimble:
Song: I Took a Walk:
Flannelboard Song: Three Jellyfish:
Song: Hello/Goodbye Babies/Friends:
Flannelboard or Prop Rhyme: Five Snowmen:
Flannelboard Song:
Flannelboard or Prop Rhyme: Five Little Monkeys:
Action Rhyme: Caterpillar, Caterpillar:
Prop Story: Bear's Bath:
Book: Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?
Book: Bear Wants More:
Group Management Signs:

Kathy’s Slides: