My Smart Hands Level 1 You will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.
My Smart Hands Level 2 This class is designed for graduates of My Smart Hands™ Level I class or for infants with basic ASL comprehension. You will learn over 120 signs to use with your child. We will review signs learned in My Smart Hands™ Level I and continue to build our signing vocabulary. Weekly themes covered in class include: people, food, animals, emotions, opposites, weather and color signs.
Sing & Sign Story Time Weekly Class Designed for graduates of My Smart Hands Level 2. Young children are active, creative and spontaneous. They love to sing, listen to music and dance to different songs that have various rhythms and beats. For ages, children have loved to put actions to songs such as ‘Old MacDonald’ and ‘Wheels on the Bus'. In the ‘Sing & Sign’ class we teach the ASL signs that go along with traditional children’s songs as well as learn new modern songs. We will learn how to sign the key words in each song, play games, read books and review signs. But more importantly, we will laugh and have FUN! This 6 week class includes hand outs each week. The songs are a combo of Level 1 & Level 2 songs from My Smart Hands and Name Your Tune. Personalized CDs (or downloads) may be purchased from Name Your Tune at a discount (parents will receive a discount code from the instructor to enter on the website). Purchase of the cd is optional.
Themed Sing & Sign Story Time These classes are open to everyone. No experience is needed and all ages are welcome! Classes are generally offered once a month. It's a wonderful option if you have completed all the other classes and are wanting more! It's also a great way to check out what classes are like if you haven't been to one before. Themes include: Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, On the Farm, Summertime, Days of the Week, Halloween, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Winter Wonderland & Happy Holidays. For each theme we will learn how to sign key words through songs, stories and poems.
Busy Parent Workshop Learn how to enrich your child's language development by increasing vocabulary and building self-confidence through the use of American Sign Language (ASL). This workshop is an introduction to the benefits of using ASL with your child. Children are not only auditory learners they also learn visually and kinesthetically (touch and experience). Using sign language with your child encompasses all learning styles. Your child will hear you when you say the word, he/she will see you make the sign and will also experience/feel the word as he/she learns to sign. This workshop is designed for the busy parent; you will learn recommended first signs and easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Over 100 signs will be introduced. Fee includes a My Smart Hands™ curriculum book.
Educator Workshop These workshops are designed to give teachers the tools to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into the current curriculum. As educators, we know that there are different types of learning styles in the classroom; auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Using sign language in your program encompasses all learning styles. The students will hear you when you say the word, he/she will see you make the sign and will also experience/feel the word as he/she learns to sign. These workshops are designed to suit the specific needs of the school. Teachers will learn about the research supporting the use of sign language in the classroom, they will be given resources and will be provided with vocabulary specific to classroom use.
My Smart Hands Home School Class These classes are designed specifically for young children. Recommended ages are between 4-7 years old. The instructor teaches directly to the children, and parents and caregivers act as "teacher's aides" during the class, helping the children with in-class songs and activities. Children do NOT need to have taken Levels 1 and 2 to join this class; however, children who have gone through the first two Levels will be slightly ahead of children who haven't taken them. These classes run in 8-week sessions. You will learn over 100 signs, as well as sing songs and read books not learned in Level 1 or 2. Classes are 45 minutes in length. Weekly themes covered in class include life together, shapes, questions, days of the week, clothes, community helpers, places we go, and sports.
Private Lessons Private/group lessons are always available. Contact melody@mysmarthands with your request.