Signing and Speech Development

Signing with ALL children can promote speech development, no matter what the myths say. Find out how in this video!

How Does Signing with Children Affect Speech Development? 

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 now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytimes Series 2!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytimes Series 2: Seasons

Join us for weekly interactive “annotated storytimes” that teaches basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. Each session will focus on specific seasonal vocabulary:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Summer Signs
  • Tuesday, July14, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Autumn Signs
  • Tuesday, July 21, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Winter Signs
  • Tuesday, July 28, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Spring Signs
  • Tuesday, August 4, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Celebration Signs

Because each webinar is theme-based, it is not necessary to have taken Series 1 in order to get the most out of Series 2!

Children of participants are welcome to join for the first 40 minutes. The final 20 minutes will consist of lecture and Q&A.  Webinars are presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, contact info@storiesbyhand.com.

Individual registration: $200 for the 5-webinar series. Group rate: $1500 for 10 people for the 5-webinar series.

Add-ons available:

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session: $30.  A one-on-one Zoom session with Kathy MacMillan to receive individualized feedback on your planned signing materials for storytime or the classroom – planned around your schedule! Includes recording access. Must be used within 6 months of purchase. 
  • Individualized video feedback: $20.Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating your planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

Register now! Get 40% off when you register using code EARLYLITERACY (valid on group tickets too!)

June Online Storytimes

Thursday, June 11 at 11:00am Eastern:  Online New Castle Co Library Storytime: Once Upon a Sign

Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries (DE)
FREE program. Registration required at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/6720675

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun!  This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact info@newcastlede.gov


Friday, June 12 at 10:00am Eastern: Online CCPL Storytime: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs

Hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD)
FREE program. Registration required at https://ccpl.librarymarket.com/events/little-hands-signing-summer-signs-0

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact aknight@carr.org


Saturday, June 13 at 11:00am Eastern: Online MRSPL Storytime: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs

Hosted by Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)
FREE program. No registration required. Join us on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/mrspl/

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. The live program will be presented in spoken English. Captions will be provided for the recording.


Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00am Eastern: Facebook Live Storytime: “Once Upon a Sign” hosted by Smyrna Public Library (Smyrna, DE)

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Learn about Deaf Culture as we visit the land of Eyeth, where we use our hands and eyes to communicate. Bring the whole family – and your fairy godmother too! – for the hands-on fun. For all ages. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheSmyrnaPublicLibrary


Friday, June 26 at 10:00am Eastern:  Online CCPL Storytime: Once Upon a Sign

Hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD)
FREE program. Registration required at https://ccpl.librarymarket.com/events/little-hands-signing-once-upon-sign

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact aknight@carr.org

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!

American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 1 eCourse begins September 28, 2020

BRAND NEW COURSE! – American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2 eCourse begins November 30, 2020

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse begins January 18, 2021

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!