Sun, 17 May 1998
To: SignWriting Literacy Project
From: Caldwell Elementary
RE: Web Report #1
1. Why do you want to learn SignWriting?
We want to learn SignWriting in order to reach more of our deaf
children. Many of the children that we teach are multicultural.
Sign language may or may not be used in the home. We are looking
for a way to increase the literacy level of our students.
2. What have been some of your past frustrations when teaching?
Reading and writing are difficult when you do not have a command
of the language in which the story or article is expressed. SignWriting
can give the children a method of expression on which to build
English, which is a necessity in our society. SignWriting can
enable the children to learn different styles of expression in
their native language and thus make understanding English a little
3. Are you hoping that SignWriting might help? If so, in
We believe SignWriting can benefit not only the deaf children
but also their teachers and parents. It will be a way to share
ideas with someone else. Every language needs a written expression
to preserve ideas as they were expressed. Personal stories and
expressions can be shared from home and school in precisely the
way that they were expressed.
4. How would you like to use this web page?
We would like to use the web page to send pictures of our students
using SignWriting and to communicate our progress. It would be
an excellent way for the children to set up pen pals with other
deaf students. It would be interesting to compare how ideas might
be expressed in SignWriting from different areas of the United
States and possibly build a bridge to other countries.
5. Please write any other information about your group.
As a staff we welcome the participation of our students' parents
in projects that we are incorporating in our school program.
Language and communication really take off when the students
can see it in every aspect of their lives. Through our parent
organization and letters to the homes, we will share this program.
We hope to receive feedback from the parents. We also would like
to have input from the Deaf community in our city. We have started
a program where deaf adults come and read or tell stories to
our students once a week. One of these readers has expressed
an interest in SignWriting when it was shown to her.