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Contents Hand Signing
1. Hand Signing - Photos of Hand Sign Letters of the Alphabet and series of articles
2. Kinesthetic Lesson Plans for Printing "b" and "d" in Hand Signs
3. Benefits of Everyone Learning Hand Signing
4. How I Learned to Sign the One-Hand Alphabet
5. Practice Saying "How Are You?" with Hand Signs
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Benefits of Everyone Learning Hand Signing

by Susan Kramer

Reasons it is useful for children to simultaneously learn the one hand alphabet - sometimes called fingerspelling or signing - and written alphabet letters:

For communication with those who are hard of hearing, deaf, have a temporary speech impediment such as a stroke or tracheotomy, or one who cannot speak, but can sign.

The one hand alphabet needs only one hand - either right or left - to make the shapes.

From my own experience it was easy to learn the one hand alphabet letters on my non-dominant after learning on my dominant hand - under one hour total for both hands.

Making the hand signs is a kinesthetic resource in learning to write the alphabet; each finger shape is completely different - none are possibly confusing opposites like 'b' and 'd' in the written alphabet.

Photos of all Alphabet Hand Signs

How I Learned to Make the One Hand Alphabet

Tragedy to Triumph - Helen Keller

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Recommended
Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons -
YouŽll find 33 beginning and advanced kinesthetic math and language lessons in 78 pages for kids of all abilities in grades K-6, including teaching all ages hand signing using the one-hand alphabet with large photos of the letter shapes.
Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons by Susan Kramer



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