Little Hands Signing Video: Singing and Signing

Sing and sign with your little one for early literacy – and learn the Stinky Diaper Song!

Singing and Signing

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

 

 

Save the Dates! Upcoming eCourse Sessions

I’m often asked when the next sessions of my popular eCourses through the American Library Association will be! We’re taking the summer off, but look for registration to open soon for these eCourses happening in the fall and winter!

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse begins September 14, 2020

BRAND NEW COURSE! – Intermediate American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse begins November 2, 2020

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse begins January 11, 2020

All courses feature 6 weeks of lessons (with 12 weeks to complete them) and are designed to be done at your own pace with a mix of videos, readings, discussion forums, and hands-on projects.

Complete course descriptions and registration information coming soon!

In the meantime, check out these upcoming webinars!

 

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language: A 90-minute webinar

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Signing with young children of any hearing ability fosters bonding, stimulates language development, and reduces frustration for caregiver and child. Learn how to use sign language in storytimes to broaden their appeal and make them more participative. In this interactive workshop, Kathy MacMillan—American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, librarian, and storyteller—will use video examples to provide easy-to-learn signs that can be retaught and incorporated into stories, rhymes, and songs. You will be able to use the skills learned in this workshop to create programs that will help you, your staff, and parents communicate better with children. Register at https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/liven-baby-and-toddler-storytimes-sign-language-workshop

Complete list of upcoming webinars from Kathy MacMillan

Teacher/Librarian Guide for NITA’S DAY now available!

I’m so excited to share with you this printable guide to using Nita’s Day in the classroom or storytime! Check it out for tips and tricks for sharing signs during the story, and following up with other fun ASL activities: Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide

Video instructions for the activities in the guide:

Bathtime, Bathtime: A Song to Sign

Check out the Little Hands Signing series homepage for video demonstrations of the signs in both books and even more links to ASL storytime and classroom activities to share!

Little Hands Signing Video: Our Day

Here’s a fun-filled early literacy activity for your home or online classroom or storytime from the Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide.

 

 

Our Day: An Early Literacy Activity for the Classroom Using American Sign Language

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

 

 

Storytime Any Time with Nita

Missed the Nita’s Day launch celebration storytimes? Catch ’em on video below!

Nita's First Signs final coverNita’s First Signs Storytime: 

in Spoken English with closed captions

in American Sign Language

 

Nita’s Day Storytime:

in Spoken English with closed captions

in American Sign Language

 

Bathtime, Bathtime: A Song to Sign

 

Here’s a fun bathtime song to sing and sing after reading Nita’s Day!

 

Bathtime, Bathtime: A Song to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!


In honor of the release of Nita’s Day, I’m giving away a signed copy of the set! This makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only. Giveaway closes May 22, 2020. Find 3 ways to enter here!

 

Register now for Little Hands Signing: Feelings Signs

Little Hands Signing: Feelings Signs ~ Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10 AM

Little ones have BIG feelings, especially these days! Join us for stories, signs, songs, and rhymes celebrating feelings with American Sign Language. This storytime is hosted by the Carroll County Public Library Eldersburg Branch and will be held online via Zoom. Geared to ages birth-8 and caregivers. All participants must register here. 

 

 

 

Register now for Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Webinar

In response to popular demand, we are offering an encore session of this ALA Editions webinar!

Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Workshop

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

$60 per person; discounts available for ALA Members and groups

With many libraries currently closed to the public, library staff are turning to online storytimes as a way to provide quality programming for young patrons.

Join veteran storyteller Kathy MacMillan to explore the fundamental differences between online and in-person storytimes and best practices to bring early literacy programming into an online environment. Learn how to plan video-friendly programs, how to keep your programming interactive even when you don’t have live feedback from storytime attendees, and how to manage external stresses such as technological glitches and internal stresses such as camera fright.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental differences in approach to online and in-person storytimes
  • Have at least three concrete strategies for making online storytimes interactive
  • Be able to implement strategies for dealing with external and internal stresses

Register now!

 

Sign All Day Long!

You can sign with your child to support early literacy, create more productive communication, and provide emotional security for your child all day long! Here’s a rhyme to sign using the signs from Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents. Find this and other signing activities in the Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide.

All Day Long: A Rhyme to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!