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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Feb 5, 1999  3:47 am
Subject:  Children Learning SignWriting

>Hi Val,
>I just print Cinderella from your web page. And I leave the papers on the
>table in my office and left the room. My hearing daughter 7 years old went
>to my office without tell me. I was looking for her and almost go to my
>office but I saw Sabrina was in my office and sign the Cinderella from the
>signwrite. So I stay hide and watch her sign the whole pages. I was total
>shock that she did right sign all by herself. When she finishes this story
>and put the papers down and went to other room. I ran upstairs and didn't
>say anything till She came. I ask her what are you doing downstairs. She
>was smile and say I can sign Cinderella and also say to me, " Can I take
>this story to my school tomorrow." Wow, It was so amaze that she can read
> signwrite. She learns so fast after she first saw the video tape.

Lourdes - This is very exciting information. Thank you for sharing this
with us!

Your story sounds like other stories I have heard. Oftentimes, children who
already know how to sign, seem to learn SignWriting quickly.

I started to write this message about an hour ago, and before I could post
it, I received a telephone call from a teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
named Cecilia Flood. Cecilia will be participating in our SignWriting
Literacy Project, starting in March. In time we will be posting several
reports about the new Albuquerque SW Literacy Project. It will continue
over several years. Results from the classroom will be documented as a part
of Cecilia's doctoral thesis at the University of New Mexico.

On the phone, Cecilia just told me that she has already shown SignWriting
to a few individual Deaf children, one as young as five years old, and they
read it fact the five year old could see when a name sign was
written incorrectly - which means she was truly reading the SignWriting
symbols, and not just guessing at them. So this is great news :-)

So Lourdes, please tell Sabrina for us, that we are so pleased she can read
Cinderella...Perhaps in time, she will enjoy writing letters in SignWriting
to the Deaf children in Albuquerque!!

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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