Summer flew by and we have completed our final week of Stay at Home Summer Camp. Our final theme was Sign Language. We kept this week pretty simple to make time for back-to-school shopping, wrapping up workbooks and squeezing in a few more fun things from our Summer Bucket List. We used the internet for most of our information. The sites are the ones that have videos of someone using sign language.
To start off Sign Language Camp, we decided it would be best to learn the alphabet. I think they changed the letter “g” since I was a kid. I’ve seen three different ways of signing the letter “g”. It surprised me at how fast we could go through the alphabet after a few run times of practicing. We also talked a little bit about the history of ASL.
We started off practicing the alphabet again, and then we moved on to numbers. We also learned to pay attention to which sign language is being shown. British Sign Language (BSL) is quite different from American Sign Language (ASL). It’s interesting to have an easier time communicating with someone from Nigeria using sign language than signing with someone from England.
After a quick review of the alphabet and numbers, we moved on to the 100 most common words. I learned the sign for “cookie” several years ago. My children use it when they are asking for a treat. The word that I remember the best from this entire week is “pizza”. It’s good to know I’ll be well fed if I have to rely on my signing skills to get me by!
Our final day, we learned to sign the words to a song. The kids have signed this song several times, but it made a lot more sense after the time we spent learning the rest of the week.
While none of us have a good working knowledge of sign language, we all enjoyed it. I can see some of us taking a class and becoming fluent in sign language some day in the future.
With school starting all over the state, I have mixed feelings from the passing of another summer vacation. I love sleeping in and a less structured schedule of summer, but I’m ready for the routine and reduction of whining. As much fun as we had with our Summer School Themes, the kids are getting older and we’ll need to revamp our Summer School approach next year. Change isn’t good or bad, it’s just different!