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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Nov 5, 1998  6:52 am
Subject:  Re: A few questons/comments

On Sun, 1 Nov 1998, Michele Lewis wrote:
>My kids are starting to get the hang of reading Sign Writing
>now that I have shifted my focus from teaching them the
>individual parts of the signs to teaching them the sign as a
>whole. The flashcards helped me figure this out. They had
>no problem remembering the signs when I used the
>flashcards. I think that the Goldilocks Book 1 confused
>them. They are doing better with Book 2 with the signs
>presented in sentence form and not broken down. When I
>teach them a new sign, I do point out the individual parts
>to show but I am not drilling them on the invidual parts.
>Basically, I am teaching them to read the signs not compose
>Is there any plans for teacher lesson plans to be
>published? I think that daily lessons plans written by an
>experienced Sign Writer teacher would be VERY helpful to us
>out ehre who are still learning Sign Writing ourselves!

Hi Michele!
Thank you for this excellent feedback. In regards to the teacher lesson
plans.... in the past, people in other countries developed their own
SignWriting materials to teach children, but here in the USA we never
taught SignWriting officially to children before. I have only taught
adults. I introduced SignWriting to a class of children for one hour once -
other than that we have no experience. So that is the very reason why we
started the project.

Since this is the first semester of the SignWriting Literacy Project, you
and the other participating teachers are the pioneers. The purpose of the
project is to find out from your experiences what the lesson plans should

Perhaps you would like to write lesson plans based on your experiences?
Even if it is a rough draft, that will help in the long run. Then later I
can create a teacher's manual based on your combined feedback.

I am glad to know the flashcards were so helpful - thank goodness I sent
them to you! I would like to thank Diana Smith, at the Caldwell Elementary
School in Wichita, Kansas, for suggesting the idea to me - I had not
thought of flashcards myself - but as it turned out, they are invaluable.

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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