Monday, September 8, 2008

Elementary School Teaches Sign Language to All Students

Lakeland, Florida's Winston Elementary School is teaching sign language to all of their students. The project was initiated by the school's reading coach, Susan Meynell. The teachers and students are taught one new thing a day by Meynell. The younger students focus on fingerspelling to improve their spelling and reading skills. This works. My two-year-old is learning fingerspelling and it helps her focus on the sounds in the word, which in turn helps her with reading. The older students are also working to increase their vocabulary.

Winston school is struggling with several areas of language testing, so they are counting on this program to move the school and students forward. Since sign language incorporates multiple learning styles (visual and kinesthetic), it helps students learn and retain information. I'm excited to see how their scores improve.

1 comments:

Michele September 8, 2008 at 5:26 PM  

What a great blog! This is a great place for a mom whose new to signing to start.

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