When signs are used in the classroom, there are fewer incidents of tantrums, hitting, biting, and other types of aggression.
In addition to creating more peaceful learning environments, signing helps you address the learning styles of all the children in the classroom.
When signs and words are used together, auditory learners hear the word, visual learners see the sign and kinesthetic learners can use their hands to make the sign.
The Guide “Using Signing Time in Early Childhood Settings: A Guide for Educators” provides useful tips and strategies to enhance the development of language, cognitive, and social-emotional skills in young children. The full guide includes the following sections:
- Benefits of Signing in Early Childhood Settings
- Getting Started
- Integrating Signs into Your Curriculum
- Teach language and thinking skills
- Teach social-emotional skills
- Manage conflicts in the classroom
- Involve parents in signing at home
- Recommended Resources
- Sample Lesson Plan: Let’s Be Friends
- What is Signing Time?
- Success Stories
About the Authors
This Signing Time Guide was written by Robin L. Williams, MA, who holds a Masters Degree in Teaching with a Reading Specialization from National University, and has a Clear Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential, and Kyle L. Stielow, who holds an Associate’s Degree from Colorado Mountain College and an Early Childhood Director’s Qualification in Colorado. Both Robin and Kyle are certified Instructors with the Signing Time Academy.