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!

 

 

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!

 

Register for 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

NITA’S DAY Launch Events and Giveaway!

Happy book birthday to my newest book, Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents! The second book in the Little Hands Signing series features Nita and her family using American Sign Language all day long! With adorable, bold illustrations by Sara Brezzi and a unique slide-open format, this board book makes a great baby shower or new baby gift! Thank you to our ASL/Deaf Culture Advisor Jevon Whetter, Early Childhood Advisor Louise Rollins, and the whole team at Familius Press for helping bring Nita’s latest adventure to life!

Order Nita’s Day now! Autographed copies from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online BookstoreIndiebound.org | Bookshop.org Workman.com (use code BOOKS for 20% off!)  |  Amazon.com  |  BarnesAndNoble.com

Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide  |  Nita’s Day Signs Demonstration Video

 

Join me for the Nita’s Day Online Launch Celebration!

Facebook Live Nita’s Day Launch Day Celebration Storytimes:

 

Enter the Giveaway!

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!

 

Online Storytimes from Stories By Hand

Looking to bring exciting, interactive content to your patrons? Kathy MacMillan presents high-energy online storytimes that teach basic American Sign Language for all ages. Sessions can take place via the live social media platform of your choice or online via Zoom and recording access is included. Program content will be tailored to age of participants. Check my availability calendar and identify your preferred dates and times. Prerecorded programming also available upon request.

Cost:

  • 15-minute live storytime: $200
  • each additional 15-minute live storytime: $100
  • 30-minute live storytime:  $350
  • each additional 30-minute live storytime: $200

Select from the many themes available, or contact me about creating an online storytime to meet your library’s needs!

Note: Captioning must be provided for recorded storytimes (this applies to prerecorded content and recordings of live programs made available afterwards.) Libraries may choose to have captioning provided by the presenter for an additional $1.50 per audio minute.

Also available: online programs for writers, parents, and educators.

Policies

Payment: Sessions booked by individuals will not be confirmed until payment is received. Individual payment may be made online via PayPal, Square, or Venmo. Institutions may pay by check or credit card.

Cancellations: Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice for any reason will be billed in full.

Platform: Unless otherwise agreed, sessions will be conducted online via Zoom. Presenter is not responsible for technical difficulties at the receiving end.

Interpreters: The presenter can present in either spoken English or American Sign Language. If an interpreter is needed, it is the responsibility of those booking the session to work out those logistics prior to the session.

Proceeding with contractual agreement implies acceptance of terms.

To book an online program:

  • Check my availability calendar and identify your preferred dates and times.
  • Fill out the contact form here. Include your contact information, organization name and address, estimated number of program participants, and choices of dates/times.
  • I will check dates/times and reply to you with a confirmation.
  • Please read Cancellation policy carefully. A cancellation fee will apply as described above.

 

May 5 and 12: Live Online Storytimes in ASL and Spoken English!

Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents publishes May 12, so to celebrate I am offering 4 live storytime events for the whole family! 

Facebook Live Nita’s First Signs Storytimes:

 

Facebook Live Nita’s Day Launch Day Celebration Storytimes:

 


And check out all these upcoming webinars! (Click on the graphics for more information.)