Sheffield 1st Ward Primary

This blog is all about using British Sign Language in Primary. Singing time to be more exact. If you look at the pages on the right side menu you’ll find videos of the songs we are learning for 2012 presentation and more. None of the signs are an official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints interpretation, because there is no official one. We are just doing the best we know how to include the wonderful deaf girl in our primary.

Jesus Christ

Obviously an absolutely essential bit of sign language to learn is Jesus Christ. Press your middle finger of each hand into the palm of the other hand. This is to show the marks from the nails in His hands. Then using your index finger and thumb, make a ‘C’ shape and move it in a arch.

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How to sign a prayer

Probably the most repeated thing in church is prayer. We hear at least 8 prayers on sunday at church. So this is a great place to start with sign language. Here is a primary song that has all the basic sign language you need to start you off signing prayers. It would be a great idea to learn it as a family for family home evening. Click here to take you to the video of I Pray in Faith.

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A special request for some more signing!

Even though we have made this blog to help the children and their parents in Sheffield 1 learn to sign, news of this has reached others. Which is brilliant, because if there are other deaf children in primary in england, which there are bound to be, their teachers are going to need a little bit of help learning to sign language too. We’ve been asked if we could video the sign language for the new presentation song “If I listen with my heart”. The way in which we have decided to sign these songs is so instead of rephrasing the line as you would  do to interpret, we sign the specific words of the songs. This way the children learn the exact sign for each word.

Click here to take you to youtube to watch the video. You will also find it on the presentation music page.

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Sign Language for Primary

Sorry that there was no post last week for sign of the week. Here it is now though…

Primary. Make the sign for the letter ‘P’ and then use either one hand or two to mimic patting small children on the top of the head.

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