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Come Sign With Us
Sign Language Activities for Children

Jan C. Hafer and
Robert M. Wilson
Illustrated by Paul Setzer

  $39.95t print edition
$26.95 e-book
$39.95t videotape

A Newbridge Book Club Selection

“Discusses creative uses of signing to help children share what they have learned.”

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Come Sign With Us Book

Now, the new, completely revised Come Sign With Us offers more follow-up activities, including many in context, to teach children sign language. The second edition of this fun, fully illustrated activities manual features more than 300 line drawings of both adults and children signing familiar words, phrases, and sentences using American Sign Language (ASL) signs in English word order. Twenty lively lessons each introduce ten selected “Target Vocabulary” words in a format familiar and exciting to children, including holidays, pets, cars and trucks, and more. All signs have equivalent words listed in both English and Spanish.

       Come Sign With Us shows how to form each sign exactly, and also presents the origins of ASL, interesting facts about deafness, and how people live in the Deaf community. Used with reading and grammar studies, the sign language learned from this book can help children improve their vocabulary retention and reading comprehension.

Jan C. Hafer is a former professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University.

Robert M. Wilson was Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-051-9, 8½ x 11 paperback, 160 pages, glossary


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-169-1


Come Sign With Us Videotape

The Come Sign With Us Videotape features the bestselling book’s most popular lessons, including how to fingerspell using the manual alphabet, and how to for animal signs, signs for holidays, sports signs, signs for trucks and cars, and many more. Children can watch as an expert sign teacher explains and shows how to form signs, then see other children repeat the same signs, showing different styles and improving retention.

       Each chapter highlights ten vocabulary words and their corresponding American Sign Language signs. Also, simple practice sentences in English word order demonstrate the actual use of the sign. For easiest reference, each featured vocabulary word is shown on the screen in English while it is being signed, accompanied by an English voice narration and open captioning throughout. The Come Sign With Us Videotape can be played, stopped, and replayed to teach both sign and new vocabulary to children, making it a perfect companion to the book and a fun, easy way to begin learning sign language for children, parents, and teachers alike.

ISBN 978-1-56368-050-2, VHS, color, voice, open captions, 90 minutes


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