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.

I pray in faith sign language poster

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I will follow God’s Plan for the presentation…

We are trying to learn to sign as many songs as possible for this years presentation. Last sunday the older children learnt this song in 10 mins. The amazed themselves learning it so fast, but this just shows they know so much sign language now. This is a lovely simple song to sign, it’s a bit quick at the beginning but it looks great. We’re trying to make these videos with a lot of volume now, just in case Nevaeh’s implant can pick up a bit of the sound, so be prepared to turn your volume down! 😉

Click Here to take you to the signing video for I will follow God’s plan

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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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Jesus wants me for a sunbeam

There is one little lady in primary that has been working extra hard through the week to learn all the sign language for the songs we are learning. We are very proud of her for trying so hard, and for the support from her mum. So missy, this signing video is especially for you, as we’ve heard it’s your favourite………Jesus wants me for a sunbeam

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Mother’s Day Sign Language

Here’s a bit of help for those keen kids in primary that want to learn a bit more during the week 🙂  This will be the song were signing for Mother’s Day. Don’t worry if you think it’s too fast, we’re going to practise the quick bits in primary together and make a game out of it, so just have a go.

Click the link to take you to the video —–>  Mother Dear

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Kai signing Stand for the Right after only one lesson!

Here’s is a video of Kai trying to sign Stand for the Right. I have to point out he’s had no extra help learning this at home before signing and that it was everyones first time learning it today. It still amazes how fast the kids can pick up the signs and it helps them to learn the words faster too. I’m super proud of all of them!

Kai signing stand for the right

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The Chapel Doors Video

We sing ‘The Chapel Doors’ most weeks at the end of primary to help the children settle down and be reverent. Because we sing this so often, we are going to teach the children how to sign it. Many of them are already trying to copy as Abi signs for Nevaeh. So we’ve made a video if any parents would like to help their children learn it at home. Just click on the link to take you to the youtube video —–> The Chapel Doors video
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A little more help

This week we have someone coming to visit the ward. His name is Wayne, and he served a mission with Matt Pegg. Wayne is deaf and he is coming to help talk to the Bishop about how we are going to learn sign.

Also for any other Primary leaders that may be looking for some help with the new song If I listen with my heart we have made simplified word sheets for the little ones and have put them up here for you to use. Its really helped in our ward, and has been a big hit with the older ones too. Hopefully you will be able to print them out ok for your ward to use too.

Follow the link to print them out ——> Printable word sheets, If I listen with my heart

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