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From:  Cheryl Zapien
Date:  Sun Oct 25, 1998  8:59 pm
Subject:  Re: SW Pen Pal Club

Hi gang! Well today I received my very first letter in SW. I'm busy
deciphering it (remember, I've only been signing 2 years and started my SW
lessons, oh, about a month ago. *smile* Needless to say, it's an intriguing
experience and my family saw my first letter today and my husband, who really
can't sign at all seemed somewhat intrigued as to how one should even begin
reading such a missive. I would like to suggest an idea--put a translation in
and tape it shut, only to be used in case of dire emergency. Since many of us
are beginners in either SW or sign language or in some cases both, it will
reduce frustration levels and over time, sight vocabulary levels will
increase. I suspect some of my letters, anyway, will require the translation,
just to be read. Take care. Cheryl

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> October 25, 1998
> My dear friends -
> Please excuse my tardiness in answering your very nice messages. I needed
> to rest a little, so this morning I opened my email box and found all kinds
> of nice messages waiting for me, including scanned homework pages from
> eager students! I really got a giggle out of the homework - one writer had
> written rows and rows of symbols down the page in columns, and had then
> scanned in the whole notebook page. The scanned file was then sent to me
> through email as an attached file. It was unbelievably clear. The picture
> showed the spiral rings of the notebook, the pencil marks and the efforts
> to make it look better. I felt like I was back teaching school - what fun!
> Beautiful work and many thanks for writing, and for sending me the pages.
> In regards to the SW Pen Pal Club, of course I am pleased to see the
> interest and I am glad people are already writing to each other. There are
> three things I never had time to share with you:
> First, to are not required to place your street address on the
> internet. You can write to me and I can "connect you" with someone else
> privately.
> Second....if you do not know SignWriting, you can learn through the
> experience. You can take the lessons online and then try to write
> something. Or you can buy a SignWriting book and learn from the book. Or
> write in English to your pen pal and ask your pen pal to write a few signs
> and then explain them to you.
> And third...I was actually thinking of two different kinds of Pen Pal Clubs
> - one between the adult members of the SignWriting List, and a second Pen
> Pal Club between classrooms in the SignWriting Literacy Project.
> In the Literacy Project, children learning SignWriting could write to each
> other, and learn how to read and write signs through writing letters to
> other children, with the help of their teachers.
> So if you are a teacher, and your classroom would like to connect with
> another classroom, please write to me privately and we can try to arrange
> it :-)
> All my best wishes -
> Valerie :-)
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Valerie Sutton at the DAC
> Deaf Action Committee for SW
> SignWriting
> Center For Sutton Movement Writing
> an educational nonprofit organization
> Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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