Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

It’s less than two weeks to Christmas, yay! The schools that I am visiting this week are busy preparing for their Christmas concerts or plays – making props and costumes for the events, and making sure that all of the children remember their songs and lines if they have a part to play.

Many teachers, SNAs and pre-school teachers are carefully planning the school performance, making sure that the children with additional needs are also included and that they know the songs or their part in the play.

If you are involved in supporting children with special needs to participate in the school performance, here are 5 tips on how to support them:

  1. Create a picture, symbol or use the L?mh sign for ?sing? and use it every time you rehearse. Remember to use these pictures and L?mh signs on the day of the event too.
  2. Keep rehearsals short and fun. Practice at a time when children are less tired and give them lots of praise after each practice.
  3. Make sure that each child is comfortable with their location within the group or on the stage. Some children might prefer to stand on one side so that they are not crowded by their classmates. Some might be fine beside their friends.
  4. On the day of the performance, have someone closely supervising the child. Young children might need their SNA or support worker near them. Older children can be supported and guided by their peers, so pair them up with students who can provide them with guidance.
  5. On the big day, try to be flexible. Most children will be quite happy to perform as planned, while others might become upset or overwhelmed – particularly if it’s their first time performing. Talk to their parents beforehand, and consider letting the child sit with their parents or teachers if they are upset on the day.

School performances are so special for children and their families, filled with precious memories. It’s important to support all of the children partaking, especially those with special needs so that they too can take part and enjoy the festivities!

This week will be a busy one for us all – I hope it goes well for you!

The sign of the week, for the week starting on Monday the 16th of December is CHRISTMAS.

What other signs would you like to learn?
Let me know and I will incorporate them into the Sign of The Week.

Let?s #spreadthel?mh this season.

Enjoy the video, and happy singing and signing!

Sign Of The Week – CHRISTMAS