School Age Workshop and Training Programs

1. Beginner Staff Workshop (School Age Children)
2. Intermediate Staff Workshop (School Age Children)
3. Time to Sign Curriculum Training (School Age Children)
4. Parent Workshop – Beginner Workshop (School Age Children)
5. Ready, Set Sign – Classroom Management the Fun Way!
6. Literacy Workshop – (School Age Children)
7. Customized Workshops
8. In-Class Coaching & Mentoring

1. Beginner Staff Workshop (School Age Children)

This Workshop provides American Sign Language (ASL) training for professionals to be used in the school age children’s environment.  The 3-hour workshop teaches ASL words tailored for the school age children’s environment through the use of age-appropriate songs, games, stories and activities. This workshop will teach over 175 basic words covering the following topical areas:
  1. Common signs
  2. Alphabet signs
  3. Animals signs
  4. Colors signs
  5. Numbers signs
  6. Manners signs
  7. Emotions signs
  8. Food signs
  9. Greetings signs
  10. Opposites signs
  11. Questions signs
  12. Shapes signs
  13. Textures signs
  14. Transportation signs

 

Workshop attendees receive the following materials:
A.   Informational Handout: Over 12-pages of activities, games and songs to get you started.  This handout also discusses the benefits of signing for all children and provides helpful hints on how to incorporate sign language into daily class routines.

2. Intermediate Staff Workshop (School Age Children)

The Intermediate Staff Workshop is a follow-up to the Beginner Workshop with additional songs, games, stories and activities. The workshop teaches signs for the following topics:

 

  • Senses signs
  • Days of the week signs
  • Months signs
  • Clothing signs
  • Directional/functional signs
  • Community helper signs

 

The workshop revisits the topical areas from the beginner workshop (alphabet, numbers, food, animals, family, colors etc.) with new activities and signs. Over 125 basic signing words are covered.
Workshop attendees receive the following materials:

  1. Informational Handouts that detail the benefits of signing for all children. The handouts also include songs in sign and guidelines for incorporating sign language into your daily routines.
  2. Music CD with children’s songs.

3. Time to Sign Curriculum Training (School Age Children)

This Workshop provides American Sign Language (ASL) training for professionals to be used in the school age children’s environment.  The 3-hour workshop goes over 19 topics of our curriculum workshop teaches ASL words tailored for the school age children’s environment through the use of age-appropriate songs, games, stories and activities. This workshop will teach over 200 words covering the following topical areas:
  1. Common Signs
  2. Food Signs
  3. Farm, Garden & Animal Signs
  4. Sports, Recreation & Art Signs
  5. Math Signs
  6. Science & Nature Signs
  7. School Signs
  8. Community & Occupations
  9. Home, Family, Transportation, and Holiday Signs
  10. Traditional & New Songs
  11. Characters Signs

 

Workshop attendees receive the following materials:
1.   Informational Handout: Over 20-pages of activities, games and songs to get you started.  This handout also discusses the benefits of signing for all children and provides helpful hints on how to incorporate sign language into daily class routines.

 

4.Parent Workshop – Beginner Workshop (School Age Children)

American Sign Language (ASL) language training for parents and or caregivers to be used in the home and childcare environments.  This 1 ½-hour workshop teaches basic ASL words tailored for the home and child care environment through the use of age appropriate songs, games, stories and activities.

This workshop teaches the basic signs from 3 to 5 years, including:

 

  1. Alphabet signs
  2. Animals signs
  3. Number signs
  4. Family signs
  5. Manners signs
  6. Food signs
  7. Colors signs

 

Over 125 basic signing words are covered.  These signs are easy to teach and learn.  Children under the age of one can learn to do the signs, pre-verbally.

Materials provided in the workshop:

1.         Informational handout – 12-page handout with signs, 5-songs in sign, games and information on how to incorporate sign language into daily routine.

 

5. Ready, Set-Sign Classroom Management the Fun Way! (School Age Children)

This presentation will discuss the educational advantages to teaching all children American Sign Language with a focus on creating an “inclusive” educational environment where children can learn, socialize and communicate.  This presentation is literally “hands-on” and will have you out of your seats, signing, singing, dancing and playing games!  Lillian will also share her classroom management techniques and how to incorporate sign language into your daily routine.
  1. Sign Language to get wiggles out (exercise to sign the fun way)
  2. Alphabet signs using animals (ABC to animals)
  3. Colors signs
  4. Numbers signs using transportation signs (Things that Go to Numbers)
  5. Using the clock for transitions
  6. Manners signs
  7. Emotions signs
  8. Greetings signs
  9. Sign language phrases, functional and directional signs
  10. Transition songs and signs (Clean up, Going Outside, Morning Routines)
  11. Stories in sign

Informational Handout: same above handout includes 10 pages of phrases in sign language to get you started in English/Spanish/Sign; small pledge of allegiance poster; and small ABC poster.

 

6. Literacy Workshop (School Age Children)

This Workshop provides American Sign Language (ASL) training for professionals to be used in the school age children’s environment to enhance literacy.  The 3-hour workshop teaches ASL handshapes and words tailored for the school age children’s environment through the use of age-appropriate songs, games, stories and activities. This workshop will teach over 175 basic words as follows:
  1. Alphabet signs
  2. Classic & new songs
  3. Favorite stories
  4. Common word signs

 

Workshop attendees receive the following materials:

Informational Handout: Over 12-pages of activities, stories, rhymes and songs to get you started.  This handout also discusses the benefits of signing for all children and provides helpful hints on how to incorporate sign language into daily class routines.

 

7. Customized Workshops
Time to Sign can individualize any workshop to suit your specific needs.
Professionals are available to assist you in designing the training that is right for you.

8. In-Class Coaching & Mentoring

Centers will receive one full day session at each site including a one-hour staff summary session. 
Consultant(s) will provide Time to Sign program coaching and modeling sessions directly with the children and staff in each classroom. In-class modeling/instruction time will vary by age (20-30 minutes) and rotate through all classes and aftercare programs throughout each site.
Consultant(s) will work with classroom staff to:
  • Heighten awareness and encourage sign language learning.
  • Support staff in practicing the activities they learned through Time to Sign training.
  • Increase familiarity and usage of the resource materials teachers received during and after the training.
  • Assist teaching staff in applying Time to Sign program instruction to daily activities including songs, greetings, use of manners, positive use of expressions and more.
  • The coach will be available to model and provide support to the classroom teacher(s).

 

30 days of phone/email technical support is
included in all contracted training.