Lámh Sign For To Read

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

It?s a month already since we went into lockdown. There have been good days and not so good days, and we are all realising it will take some time before we can all return to some kind of normality. It?s important that now more than ever we look after each other.

While during the first two weeks of the lockdown I battled with my kids to get homework done and got frustrated as they didn?t want to cooperate as much as I would have liked, I decided to take the foot off the pedal and relieve the pressure for everyone.

Reading has always been my go-to educational activity since my son Sebastian was born. When he was little, he would also refuse to do to speech and language therapy exercises with me, or anything that resembled work to him.

Back then I resorted to something we both loved doing: reading. I brought bedtime forwards so we could spend over an hour reading books in his bedroom. To this date, we still do it. I have read so many books to him, from all the Maisy Mouse stories to Julia Donaldson?s books, the adventures of Horrid Henry, and now all the crazy stories written by David Walliams.

A few days ago we started reading a book called Fing, by David Walliams. The main character is a girl whose parents are librarians. I said to Sebastian ?I bet you would like it if dad and myself were librarians?, his face lit up, gave me a big smile and nodded. I know how much he loves going to the library.

Unfortunately, we can?t do our weekly trips to our local library, but we do use the library app BorrowBox, where we can borrow eBooks from Irish libraries.

So Sebastian picked the sign of the week for you this week: to read.

So the Sign Of The Week starting on Monday the 20th of April is TO READ

Sign Of The Week – TO READ

Lámh Story: Brown Bear Brown Bear, by Eric Carle, read with Lámh signs.

Today I am sharing another video of a children’s storybook signed with Lámh. The book is called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Written and illustrated by Bill Martyn and Eric Carle. You might know it already as it’s a children’s classic.

It’s one of my favourite stories to read to pre-schoolers as I can teach them many words for animals and colours. It is ideal for children who already use some single words or signs, as this book will help them to put words/signs together into short sentences.

I love this book also because it has lots of repetition; it keeps repeating the sentence I see, a which is a great language exercise for young children.

I read this book using Lámh, but of course, you can adapt it and use other communication systems, such as PECS, or just use spoken words for your child.

Once your child knows the story and begins to copy the signs or words for it, you can do other activities to expand on what they are learning. Create a photo album, or just look at photos together on your phone and while you are doing that, say and sign sentences like I see grandad, or I see mammy, to keep practising saying or signing short sentences.

I hope your child enjoys the story.

Would you like me to read your child’s favourite storybook? Let me know what it is in the comments below as I am looking for new stories to record.

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Brown Bear Brown Bear, by Eric Carle, read with Lámh signs

Where’s Spot

I’m going to read a book for you! I read books for my own children all the time and I am sure you do too. Books are great for engaging all kids especially at this time when we find ourselves indoors quite a bit. Today I want to read and sign a story that I think your children will enjoy.

The book is called, Where’s Spot?.

In this story, your child will learn the signs for different animals, and also the signs for prepositions such as in, under and behind.

Are you ready to find Spot?

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Where’s Spot