& The Three Bears, SW Level 1
Workbook & Coloring Book
a. Did your students like
this book? Were they eager to open
it and use it? Did they color in it?
Did they write rows of symbols and
Because we introduced the story with
a little theatre show, the students
liked the book very much. We made
the level one book with a red cover.
And showed the level 2 book so the
children know what is next. This book
has a yellow cover.
We also adjusted the ASL to VGT.
The children loved the drawings and
the sign for ‘house’ was
pretty clear to them. The first question
most children had was: ‘Can
we color the drawings?’. So
we think that’s a big success.
The kids also liked writing the symbols
and signs. Some children had more
difficulties doing so because they
did not know how to begin writing
the symbols. What to draw first, how
to start making this shape. We saw
children making minor mistakes, they
forgot to color the handshape black
or forgot a thumb... but by doing
so, we could show the children the
effect of writing a mistake. If you
forget a thumb, you get a whole diffrent
handshape. And the meaning of the
sign can even change....
the information clear? Were there
specific questions that were hard
for you to answer?
The children didn’t know what
to do at first when they saw the rows
of symbols. After a short explanation
it was easy to just let them work,
each at their own pace. Some children
had questions about the book. Especially
the students who have Dutch as their
first language wanted to know why
we didn’t write it down in Dutch.
Why in SignWriting? And as you can
imagine, that’s a big question
improvements would you suggest? Would
you add or subtract anything?
In the level 1 and level 2 book we
made 2 different books. One for righthanded
signers and one for lefthanded signers.
We were curious if the children would
notice it. We don’t think this
has to be done for all books from
now on, but we wanted to try and see
the effect of it. Because one of our
students was starting to feel a bit
diffrent from the rest and was trying
to change his dominant hand.
are some suggestions, lessons that
can be related to working with the
-Telling the story again with pictures
-Using the colouring book.
-Practising SignWriting: in different
ways (sand, paint, clay,…) a
more creative approach.
-Working with handshapes: games, pictures,
-Sort signs according to the parameters:
the signs with the same handshape,
the signs that are formed at the same
-Sort signs from high to low: (Example
below....ASL signs for: dreaming –
who – Canada)
-Sort signs from left to right (which
signs are made starting left): bishop,
what’s up, hair, …
-party game, memory, lotto (find the
-working with the topic: big –
bigger- biggest, small- smaller –
-working with the number 3
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