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!

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

Language and Culture in Other Worlds

Sword And Verse_cover revealFor the past ten years, while pursuing my career as an American Sign Language interpreter and storyteller, I have also been quietly pursuing another dream: to become a published novelist.  A little over a week ago, that dream became a reality when my debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperTeen.  Sword and Verse is the story of a land where writing is restricted to the nobility, and a slave girl who learns the language of the gods and finds the key to saving the kingdom.  Though the story does not explicitly mention signing, it is absolutely soaked in my love of language and informed by the lessons I have learned from the Deaf community.

I am excited to share with you an interview about the book conducted by Ruth Lehrer, a fellow American Sign Language interpreter and the author of the forthcoming middle grade novel Being Fishkill (Candlewick, 2017).  We decided to do the interview in American Sign Language to make it completely accessible to our friends in the Deaf community.  (Don’t worry, nonsigners – we also provided an English transcript – mostly.  There’s a bonus, untranslated question for signers only!)

I loved the thoughtful questions Ruth asked about the role of language in the book, and I loved the opportunity to share how my experiences in the Deaf community impacted the story.  I hope you will enjoy this interview as much as I did!  Watch the interview in ASL or read it in English at the Swanky Seventeens Blog.

Sword and Verse is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio.  Read the first 9 chapters for free at Epic Reads!

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/YCT3FEC-ZY4

Begin by teaching the ASL signs TREE and BIRD. Explain that in this rhyme, you will be learning about a specific kind of bird called a woodpecker, and will be using the signs to show how the woodpecker uses the tree.

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to eat! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now eat up the bugs you found, just like that. (move fingers to show beak eating bugs)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to sleep! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now nestle in the hole you made, cozy as can be! (nestle bird in palm of hand)

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddFind lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!