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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Oct 9, 1998  7:05 am
Subject:  Message From SWLP Teacher


Message from Homeschool in Plant City, Florida
Teacher: Michele Lewis, with three hearing children

http://www.SignWriting.org/teach007.html

Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 18:35:50 -0400
From: Michele Lewis
Organization: Homeschooling Preschoolers
http://home1.gte.net/jslewis/

Dear Valerie,
Yes, we are using the materials :) By the way, the flashcards have been very
helpful! The girls are progressing in SignWriting; they just aren't
progressing as fast as I thought they would. Their ASL skills are progressing
faster than I thought they would though! They are at a point where we can
easily carry on every day conversations. When we are out in public, they love
to play the "game" of signing "secrets" so that no one else can understand. I
think that the reason they are not picking up SignWriting very quickly is
two-fold; one, they are learning reading and writing in English at the same
time and two, because I do have to concentrate on their basic skills (the
three R's) I am not able to devote as much time to SignWriting drill as I
would like. Teaching them ASL is a lot simpler because we can practice ASL
anywhere and at anytime. This isn't true with SignWriting. Learning
SignWriting is more of a sit down subject. (Does this make sense?)

I am very interested in the other homeschoolers in the SignWriting Project!
I have heard that more and more parents of deaf children are chosing
homeschooling because they have found that "mainstreaming" their children can
be detrimental. There aren't that many residential schools around and parents
don't want to send their children so far away from school. Homeschooling has
become a viable option for them. There is a group called NATHAN which is sort
of a support group for parents that homeschool special needs children.

I know that my next web report is due in Nov. Is the form posted on the web
site or will you need to send it to me? I want to get started compiling the
info to fill it out completely.

Thanks so much for your patience with me! By the way, I am finding
SignWriting very helpful for myself! I have a notebook I keep as sort of a
vocabulary book. When I learn a new sign myself, I sketch the SignWriting
equivalent in my notebook. IT has been great practice for me as well as a
great way to remember new signs.

Michele :)
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Valerie :-)

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Visit the SignWritingSite:
http://www.SignWriting.org

Valerie Sutton at The DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax
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454 Teaching SW To Hearing Children Valerie Sutton Tue  10/20/1998

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