Here is a great resource for just about any storyteller! Whether you’re telling for kids or adults, engaging your audience physically is a way to hold their attention. Using sign language is a powerful tool for that purpose.
New song? Sign the key words. Doing a Baby Storytime? Baby Sign is lots of fun and a powerful tool for building language in very young children. Need a visual anchor for a moment in a story? Add the sign that helps strengthen that moment. Working with English Language Learners? Many of the signs very clearly strengthen cross-language comprehension.
I inherited this book from a dear friend who passed on. Her daughter is hearing impaired. I have used this book over and over. Perhaps your local library has it (mine does!–even in our little mountain hamlet). If not this book, maybe your library has others or can order it for you from another library through interlibrary loan services.
Do I speak “Sign”? No (I wish I did. My sister-in-law is fluent), but even just a little bit of “Sign” properly placed opens up doors. What doors? Those very doors that invite folks into the tale.
There are other signing dictionaries and there are now some great signing websites. Here’s my personal fav: Savvy Signing. Have fun exploring this addition to your “Storytellers’ Toolbox.”