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Subject: Re: Signing Plan
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 22:26:38 EDT
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A few years ago I bought an alphabet book for my son - no words, just a ha=
for each letter, doing the sign, but there was also something incorporated
into the picture that started with that letter... for example I remember t=
"A" page was the hand in the "A" position holding asparagus... maybe this
could be incorporated into your ideas.... let me know if you need the name=
author, I'd have to find the book.
In a message dated 9/12/98 4:35:09 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< Dear Blues,
I just finished doing a signing lesson with my Art I kids. I can't take
for the idea -- that came from Carolyn (b2w6w4kn). I enlar=
copy of the American Manual Alphabet and used the following directions. I=
involves a lot of tracing, but the copies didn't "stiffen" nearly as much=
thought they woud.
Signing Your Name
Objectives: To demonstrate the use of the American Manual Alphabet by for=
the letters of your name.
To draw the hand in a variety of positions.
To construct a composition of cut paper hands.
Materials: Illustrations of the American Manual Alphabet, pencils, tracin=
paper, multi-cultural construction paper, long pieces of black paper,
scissors, Sharpies, rubber cement, handouts of the alphabet in a variety =
1. Practice signing your name with your right hand in the American Manual
Alphabet, used by hearing and non-hearing people to communicate with othe=
who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
2. Draw the contour lines of your hand in the position for each letter of
name. If your left hand is your dominant hand, you may draw straight on t=
multi-cultural colored paper.,
3. Sign with your left hand and draw on tracing paper with your right han=
you are right handed.
5. Fold a sheet of white drawing paper in half and cover one half of one =
with graphite with an Ebony pencil. Save this in your portfolio to use du=
the year to transfer drawings from one paper to another.
7. If you are right handed and had to draw on the tracing paper, flip the
tracing paper over so your signing now appears to be right handed. Use th=
graphite sheet to transfer the drawings of your hand to multi-culturally
colored construction paper.
8. Use a Sharpie to trace the contour lines of your hands.
9. Glue the hands in order of the letters in your name to the black paper=
10. Draw the letters of your name in a specific font. Cut these out of th=
same multi-cultural paper and glue to the strip of black paper with the
I was really pleased with the results. The colors of the paper I had them=
wasn=92t too great, but black made them look good.
I encouraged the kids to draw a good bit of arm, too, but many of them
so to keep them from "floating" I used another one of Carolyn=92s suggest=
and had them add wallpaper sleeves. That way they could have some arms lo=
that others with different sleeves and skin tones. I had them consider us=
sleeves cut from the same color range. Carolyn had her students add butto=
lace, trim, watches, etc. I=92d have loved to have seen those!
As I told Carolyn, it turned out one of my new students has a deaf mother=
several deaf brothers and sisters. This has been a great bonding thing fo=
two of us. She's a really beautiful, shy little girl and has been excited=
be "the expert" for a change.
Thanks, again, Carolyn for such a great idea.
Mary Jane >>