Category Archives: Free Sign Language Printables

J is for Jesus

Last year we belonged to a house church who came along side us as we all started learning sign language.  We learned the signs for all the verses to Jesus Loves me.  Doing the signs as we sung really added another dimension to our worship.  I wish I could say I came up with a really snazzy PDF, but in reality, I did a lot of cutting and pasting – with scissors and glue, mind you.

I do have a couple resources to share with you, though, that should at least get you through the first verse.  This is a great video – most of her signs are the same ones I learned, and seeing her on video clips really helps get the signs down exactly right.

http://www.creative-communication.org/creative/lessons/dictionary/graphics/jesuslovesme/jesuslovesme.asp

Here is a printable ASL version of Jesus Loves Me.  You may notice some of the signs are a little different in the handout than they are in the video clips.  There are some variations of some words based on meaning and region.  I like using a printout as a crutch, so you may want to learn it by the video clips and just use the printout for reference.

http://pneumanotes.blogspot.com/2009/09/jesus-loves-me-sign-language.html

Since we were learning Js this week, we sang Jesus Loves Me in sign language (singing and signing) as our lunchtime grace.

And remember, ASL has its own grammar rules, so it’s more accurate to say these versions of Jesus Loves Me are in Signed Exact English.  The words are the same as in ASL, but the sentence structure is different.  Hope you enjoy them. 

For more detailed description of the signs used, please visit www.lifeprint.com.

5 Little Ducks – Printable Activity

Five little ducks went swimming one day . . .

Free printable duck templates from www.dltk-teach.com and www.first-school.ws

Mama Duck – http://www.first-school.ws/t/cpduck2.htm

Baby Ducks – http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/bduck.gif (print 5 on different colored paper)

Laminate these, place a number on the baby ducks 1-5, and stick magnet tape on the back of them (or not if you just want to lay these out on a table or the floor).  You want your child to lay these out in order, so either tell them to pick up the “blue” one (my number 1 was blue) and put it in the proper position, or if your child is beginning to recognize numbers you can tell them to pick up number 1, and put it in the proper position. 

As you get to the end of the verse, say, “Take away number 5,” then recount the remaining baby ducks out loud, and then sing the verse from the beginning with the new number. 

Over the hills and far away,

Mama Duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack . . .

But only 4 little ducks came back.

(Go back to the first verse and drop the number by one for the first and last verse, removing the highest numbered duck each time.)

Here is the ASL to go with key words in the song.  You can cut these out and stick them to the surface you’re putting your duck printables on so you’ll have easy hands-free access to them while you’re working through the song.  Just click on the graphic and print. 

If these signs are new to you, remember to use the free ASL dictionaries at www.babysignlanguage.com or www.lifeprint.com to make sure you understand the correct sign and then use these graphics as a reminder or prompt.

Children’s Songs in Printable American Sign Language (ASL)

In coming up with my own ASL graphics to print to go along with the songs Noah is learning, I happened across a site that has a whole bunch of songs done in simple ASL.  Considering how I’ve searched and searched for these and haven’t been able to find them, I’m delighted these have already been done and I can share them with you.  These are definitely for beginners, as most of them only have two or three signs per song, but it’s a great place to start.  These include, Baa baa black sheep, Old McDonald, Mary Had a Little Lamb, the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-sign-songs-with-your-baby.html

How about you?  Do you have any songs in sign to share?  What songs would you like to have the sign language for?