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Rocky Mountain Deaf School – ASL Education

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This is an array of ASL educational fun videos to enhance Deaf students’ language learning. It includes ASL skits containing ASL grammatical units, ASL Poetry, ASL Storytelling, and much more. This is a property of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a bilingual charter school located in Denver, Colorado.

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Featured Family: Idris

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Check out this wonderful video about Idris and his family!

Hands Land was curious to learn more about the impact ASL rhymes and rhythms had on children’s language experience. Several families were kind enough to open up their homes to us, let us watch them interact with Hands Land videos, and answer our questions.

Leila Hanaumi and Kent Turner and their child, Idris, were the first family we visited!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

[Transcript below]

Video Transcript:

Kent: (Idris’ sign name), who’s that?

Idris: Me.

Kent: You?

Idris, that’s you!

Idris: Me!

Idris and Leila: Surprise! Surprise! Ahh! Ahh!

Kent: Hello, I’m Kent.

Leila: I’m Leila.

Idris and Leila: Blue!

Leila: ASL rhymes and rhythms have an impact on his education, growth, and emotional development.

Kriston: Excited, excited, excited

Jump, jump, jump

Leila and Idris: (Overlapping signs) Cry, cry, cry
Excited, excited, excited

Jump, jump, jump

Nervous, nervous, nervous

Leila: It definitely has helped us. When he is feeling certain emotions like frustration… we would sing “frustrated, frustrated, frustrated.” This would make him laugh. He would independently respond by signing “pout, pout, pout.” We would affirm his frustration. From this experience, he learns that we do understand him. Sometimes we don’t know why he is frustrated, but we are able to acknowledge his feelings. This would help him feel better because he feels understood by us.

Idris: Laugh, laugh, laugh

Kent: Cry, cry, cry

Leila: Hands Land is different because it’s not just ASL stories. It’s all about rhythms, dance, and using ASL as an art. And he is fascinated by it.

Leila: Trees, trees

River, river

Fish swims

Kent: We have tried using different TV shows with spoken content, and Idris never showed any interest. At first we thought maybe he was too young to understand. But when we showed Hands Land videos, he was captivated by them. He ignored everything else. Although he hadn’t started imitating, he responded strongly to ASL rhymes and rhythms. That was great! Over time, he started copying songs. And we would sing along too. Hands Land is an amazing resource! We will definitely be using it with Idris.

Kent: If our family could come up with a song, it would about balls. Idris thinks the world of balls!

Leila: B-A-L-L, ball, ball, ball!

Idris and Kent: (repeating sign) Ball!

Idris: Hands Land!

Leila and Kent: Hands Land!

Idris: (repeating sign) Hands Land!

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Sign Me a Story App

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This free app teaches signs as a story is being told in English.

Created by GraceSigns, A Non-Profit Organization, Sign Me A Story continues to win praise by making Sign Language both fun and easy! They highlight diversity and inclusion by featuring children with disabilities. Meet the GreenBeanies and follow them on their incredible journey. You will Enjoy Learning 26 Signs along the Wild Way.

This FREE App is perfect for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. GraceSigns is committed to providing child-safe learning applications, with no ads, no internet access, and no in-app-purchases.

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The ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose Program DVD

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The ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose Program: American Sign Language Rhymes, Rhythms, and Stories for Parents and Their Children.

This DVD features Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf’s one-of-a-kind ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, which has been used successfully by parents and their children for many years. The program enhances early literacy and brings children closer to their parents through songs, rhymes, and stories.

Cost: $10.00

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What is the Deaf Ecosystem?

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When Deaf and hard of hearing individuals interact in shared spaces, that is a Deaf community. A Deaf Ecosystem is created when the community invests in Deaf businesses, professionals, organizations, and schools. To use the pond analogy, the water is similar to resources within our community. If enough of us invest in our Deaf Ecosystem, our community will thrive and become more self-reliant.

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