Little Hands Signing @ Greenberries

Congratulations to Greenberries on the opening of their second location!  I am proud to continue to bring parent-child sign language classes to the Columbia location and excited to start up at the new Hampden location!

logo-greenberriesUpcoming classes at greenberries:

Diaper & Potty Signs: Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 am at Greenberries Columbia, 6925 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, Maryland 21045

Learn how to use signs throughout your child’s day to foster bonding, stimulate language development, and reduce frustration. Little Hands Signing brings the magic of American 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.  It’s an interactive class so please bring your little ones. No minimum or max age!

$14 per adult | $20 per couple   Click here to register.

 

First Signs: Sunday, February 22, at 11:00 am at Greenberries Baltimore, 915 W 36th St, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Learn how to use signs throughout your child’s day to foster bonding, stimulate languageafd-107670 development, and reduce frustration. Little Hands Signing brings the magic of American 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.  It’s an interactive class so please bring your little ones. No minimum or max age!

$14 per adult | $20 per couple   Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

In the Community: ASL Classes for 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 2014

JANUARY 6 – MARCH 10

Registration deadline January 1.

ASL 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tuesday Evenings | 6pm – 8pm
Class $145 per student
Textbook $75

For more information, click here.

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program. “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.

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 FALL 2014

SEPTEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 11

Registration deadline September 5.

ASL 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tuesday Evenings | 6pm – 8pm
Class $145
Textbook $75

CHILDREN’S ASL
Tuesday Evenings |  6pm – 8pm
Child Only $95
Parent & Child $150

For more information, click here.

In the Community: ASL Classes for All Ages at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Looking to learn some American Sign Language this summer, or practice what you already know?  Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED SUMMER 2014
JULY 15 – AUGUST 19

Summer Fun Signs (Teens/Adults): Tuesday Evenings 6pm – 8-pm | $90 per student
Children’s ASL (Ages 5-12): Tuesday Evenings 6pm – 8pm | $90 per child | $140 for parent & child
Baby & Toddler Sign (Ages 2-4): Tuesday Afternoons  2pm – 4pm | $90 for parent & child

For more information, click here.

Little Hands Signing in Carroll County, MD

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!  Drop-in classes (no registration required)

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive

Eldersburg, MD 21784

(410) 795-3520

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 10:45 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, January 24: Winter Signs
  • Friday, January 31: Nice Play Signs

Finksburg Branch

2265 Old Westminster Pike

Finksburg, MD 21048

410.386.4505

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 11:00 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, February 14: Valentine Signs
  • Friday, February 21: Weather Signs
  • Friday, February 28: Feelings Signs

For more information, see library.carr.org

Little Hands & Big Hands Parties!

Part storytime, part book-signing event, and ALL fun!

Little Hands and Big Hands coverJoin Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013), as she shares hands-on activities that parents and caregivers can use every day to improve communication, reduce tantrums, and promote early literacy in children ages birth to six. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Children of all ages are welcome at these family-friendly events!

 

Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 AM

Marilyn J Praisner Library
14910 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
(240) 773-9460

Saturday, January 25 at 3 PM

Happy Baby Company

558 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1354
**Registration and fees apply.  $15 for one person; $20 for a couple.  Children in laps free.  Each party will receive a free copy of the book.  Register online. 

Monday, January 27 at 10:00 AM

Germantown Library
19840 Century Boulevard
Germantown MD 20874
240-777-0110
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 AM

Damascus Library

9701 Main Street
Damascus MD 20872
240-773-9443

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

 

Learning American Sign Language Online

picture of computerLooking for a great site to help you learn American Sign Language, or to supplement an in-person class?  Here are three sites that fit the bill:

ASLOnline: Maintained by the University of Texas at Austin, this free online tutorial features three levels focusing on vocabulary and sentence structure in American Sign Language.  Instruction takes places through videos and written text.  The organization of the units mirrors the critically acclaimed Signing Naturally curriculum, making this site an ideal supplement to in-person classes.

ASL University: Maintained by Bill Vicars, this site features clear, well-structured lessons with a mixture of print information, video, and photos.  It also includes lots of activities for practice and an online ASL dictionary, making this a great stop for someone looking for a casual resource or a serious student looking for structured lessons.

Start ASL: This site offers three levels of free online ASL courses, as well as a fingerspelling course.  Students download a free workbook in .pdf form and use it to work through the video activities in each unit.  The free courses are quite robust, but the site also offers a more in-depth paid class option for those who want to access the courses free of advertisements, with the option to submit assignments for feedback and access additional material.

Got a great ASL instruction site to recommend?  Tell us about in the comments, or send an email to info@storiesbyhand.com!

Upcoming Webinar: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

EditionsWorkshop200x300Presented by Kathy MacMillan

Price: $75 (group rates available)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern: Session 1

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern: Session 2

Sign up now!

I’m so excited to be able to offer this 2-part online workshop through ALA Editions once again!  Join me to learn about:

  • An overview of the different ways deaf people communicate
  • Meeting your library’s legal obligation to serve the deaf
  • Strategies for communicating with a deaf or hard-of-hearing person in the library, including basic library signs
  • Tips for finding, hiring, and working with interpreters
Closed captioning will be provided.
ASL users: please call in to the webinar using your preferred Video Relay Service provider.  When you enter the webinar, please let the host know that you are using VRS.  We will give you a link to pass on to your interpreter, so that he/she can also see the slideshow and better interpret the message.

To learn more or to register, click here.