Register now for Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, April 8, 2019 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)

$250.00 (ALA Members $225.00)

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this new 6-week eCourse, Sign Language expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of approximately 180 signs (introduced through video)
  • Create two storytime/classroom activities using the featured vocabulary that you can implement in your storytimes
  • Understand relevant aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Understand signing in a linguistic and cultural context

Feedback from past participants:

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

“The instructor was phenomenal, and I am already incorporating course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

Instructor Kathy MacMillan is a writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita’s First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996. She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. She is also the author of the young adult fantasy novels Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperTeen).

Upcoming Little Hands Signing Classes

Upcoming FREE classes offered through Carroll County Public Library!

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world. Because our classes use American Sign Language, you and your child can learn another language together, with benefits to last a lifetime. Best of all, it’s so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re learning!  

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg, MD 21784

All are welcome! Programs are geared to ages birth to 6. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM: Winter Signs
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Playtime Signs
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10 AM: Weather Signs
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Our Signing Day

Programs are free and no registration is required. For more information, see library.carr.org

Registration now open for Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

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

Thursday, March 28, 2018, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pmCentral/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

In the Community: ASL Classes for Children and Adults at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn American Sign Language from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED WINTER 2019

JANUARY 8 – MARCH 12 (10 weeks)

Evening Classes:

ASL 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tuesday Evenings | 6pm – 8pm
Class $150
Textbook* $85

CHILDREN’S ASL
Tuesday Evenings |  6pm – 8pm
Child Only $100
Parent & Child $150

Daytime Classes:

ASL 1
Tuesday Mornings | 10am – 12 noon
Class $150
Textbook* $85

ASL 2
Friday Mornings | 10am – 12 noon
Class $150
Textbook* $85

*Textbook only needs to purchased once to cover ASL 1, 2, and 3.

For more information or to register, click here.

Upcoming Events Featuring NITA’S FIRST SIGNS

Get your signed copy of Nita’s First Signs at these upcoming events! I’ll also be offering a family bundle featuring Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, along with a nifty rubber ducky signing I-LOVE-YOU, for only $28.00!

 

Friday, December 7 from 6-8 PM: Book signing at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt (Timonium, MD)

Come on in to purchase signed copies of NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER, SWORD AND VERSE, and DAGGER AND COIN! Perfect for holiday gift giving! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase!

 

Wednesday, December 12 from 5-8 PM: SCBWI MD/DE/WV Barnes and Noble Bookfair Kickoff Multi-Author Event (Ellicott City, MD)

Shop at Barnes & Noble, either in-store or online, between December 12 and December 19, and present them with our bookfair voucher or Bookfair ID number (12467247), and SCBWI MD/DE/WV will receive a portion of the sales.

Join us for our Book Fair Kickoff event at Barnes & Noble Ellicott City on December 12 from 5-8 p.m. Purchase signed books and play games like book bingo, pin the book on the shelf, crazy guessing games, and more with these Read Local authors:

  • Veronica Bartles, author (Twelve Steps, The Princess and the Frogs)
  • Rebecca Evans, author/illustrator (Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick Knack)
  • Laura Gehl, author (Delivery Bear, I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, My Pillow Keeps Moving, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty)
  • Kathy MacMillan, author (Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin)
  • Deborah Schaumberg, author (The Tombs)

Friday, January 18 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Winter Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Saturday, January 26 at 9:45 AM: Little Hands Signing: Playtime Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Friday, February 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Weather Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Saturday, February 23 at 9:45 AM: Little Hands Signing: Our Signing Day at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS and more now available in the DCI Online Bookstore!

If you have followed me for any length of time, you are probably aware of how proud I am to be affiliated with an amazing organization called Deaf Camps, Inc., a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. You may recall that my launch party for my debut novel, Sword and Verse, was a gala fundraiser that raised scholarship money for Deaf Camps, Inc. I have been volunteering with this organization since 2001, and have been on the board since 2003. I have volunteered at camp every year and served in various capacities on the board. Currently I am DCI’s treasurer and director of the Interpreter Internship Program.

So I am pleased to announce that from now on, autographed copies of all my books – along with some terrific bundle deals! – will be available in Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore, with all proceeds going directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. To have a book personalized, simply note name(s) in the comments section on the order form.

And remember, signed books make excellent holiday gifts! Order now!

DCI Bookstore

In the Community: Holiday and Crafty Fun with Deaf Camps, Inc.

Saturday, December 8th from 2pm-5pm
Christ Deaf Church
1040 South Beechfield Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Join Deaf Camps, Inc. to get into the holiday spirit! All signing levels are welcome to the fun! Admission is $5.00 and caregivers are free with their child’s admission fee!

Our Christmas Party includes:
-a visit with Signing Santa
-ASL Storytelling
-Snacks
-Crafts
-One free picture with Santa per child. (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 scholarship fund.


Sip, Craft, and Sign with DCI!

 

Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm at Made Me Mine, 3101 Emmorton Rd #A6, Abingdon, MD 21009

Join us for a night of crafting that holds endless possibilities, to support Deaf Camps, Inc.! At this workshop, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind custom sign out of pallet planks designed by YOU! Customize your stencil at checkout with your quote, and whatever cheery holiday image you’d like. We will prepare a personalized stencil just for you to ensure that your project turns out perfectly. Bring a bottle of wine or something to turn our complimentary hot cocoa bar from nice to naughty!

DCI will provide American Sign Language interpretation for this event.

$45 per person. You MUST reserve tickets ahead of time for this event. Buy tickets HERE.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Learn more about the organization at DeafCampsInc.org.

Save the Date! Upcoming Webinars and eCourses

I’m pleased to announce that the following webinars and eCourses are on the schedule for upcoming months! For more details about eCourse content, click here. 

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Asynchronous eCourse featuring 6 weeks of lessons (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

Fall 2018 Session Begins November 5, 2018 – Click here to register

Spring 2019 Session Begins May 20, 2019 – registration coming soon

 

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse featuring 6 weeks of lessons (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

Spring 2019 Session Begins April 8, 2019 – registration coming soon

 

Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

90-minute webinar

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:30pm Central/2:30pm Eastern – registration coming soon

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS is back!

After several months of limited availability due to the quick sellout of the first print run, copies of Nita’s First Signs are again available!

Order now at

 

Upcoming Event

Saturday, November 10, 11AM-1PM: Read Local Kick-Off Party at Winchester Book Gallery (Winchester, VA)

 

Come help us kick off the Maryland/Virginia/Delaware/Washington D.C. Read Local Challenge! Join us for an all-ages storytime at 11 am, featuring American Sign Language stories and songs, followed by games and crafts featuring the 42 books in the Read Local Challenge and a book signing for both Nita’s First Signs and Dagger and Coin. You can win great prizes just by participating! Find out more about the Read Local Challenge here.

Check out the complete calendar of upcoming appearances for more information!

 

 

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