Kindergarten & 7th Grade Mentors Team Up to Learn Sign Language

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Kindergarten & 7th Grade Mentors Team Up to Learn Sign Language

Ms. Eboni, a Kindergarten Teacher, and Ms. Elizabeth, a 7th Grade teacher, have teamed up to teach Kindergarten American Sign Language. Some 7th grade students in Ms. Elizabeth’s ASL Club have mentored Kindergarten students in learning American Sign Language.

ASL is now classified as a world language, the same as Spanish, French, or any other foreign language. Therefore, if a child speaks sign language, the child is considered bilingual. When children are taught English and ASL together, they are processing language using both sides of the brain. This gives the children two places to recall language from instead of just one.

Research has found that the use of signs and finger spelling will accommodate a wide range of learning styles: “verbal linguistic,” kinesthetic” and “interpersonal.” Using ASL is the representation of information through seeing, hearing, and movement, and the more pathways that are created in the brain, the stronger the memory. (https://www.educationalplaycare.com/blog/sign-language-benefits-for-young-children/)

Enjoy the short video of their learning experience.

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