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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Happy Birthday

It’s about time we learnt the sign language for happy birthday. Somebody in primary is always having a birthday we should know this by now. It’s simple to. Make your index finger and thumb into a circle, this is your birthday badge. And where do birthday badges go? on your chest. Tap it gently twice.

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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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I know the scriptures are true

This weeks sign language is KNOW. Simply take your prime hand in a thumbs up position and place your thumb next to your temple on your head.

All the children have learnt enough signs from all the different songs we have learnt, to now sign this year’s primary theme, “I know the scriptures are true”.  Well done kids!

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Sign for Right

Sorry for such a late post this week. The children learnt a whole new song in sign on sunday so we’re just going to take one of the signs from the song as the sign of the week.

The sign of the week is RIGHT (as in right and wrong). Take your prime hand (writing hand) and make a fist, lay your other hand flat, with palm up. Place your fist firmly down onto your palm.

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Kids learn sign language so fast

We’ve been preparing to teach the children to sign the chapel doors, and as a result have been practising before hand at home. A certain very bright young lady has picked this up just from watching bits and pieces and using signs she already knows. Click on the link to see how well she did….Maleah signing The Chapel Doors

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