Now that you have our ASL Alphabet Chart and ASL Alphabet Flashcards, you will need our ASL Numbers Charts and ASL Numbers Flashcards. There are so many valuable lessons to teach your child with regards to numbers. Starting them early is never a bad idea!
As with the ASL alphabet, the use of sign language for numbers helps your child to remember the numbers through the use of visual aids and gesture. I cannot stress enough the importance of engaging as many of our senses as possible, when introducing and teaching new information and skills to children. Sign language adds that extra sense that we would normally not use with our children. When combined with our ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards, sign language becomes a tool that children can thrive on.
Babies and toddlers encounter numbers on a daily basis and it’s something that intrigues them. Being able to express how old they are or how many crackers they want, helps them to communicate and may help them build a stronger identity and sense of self . They can feel good about being able to make decisions and in turn express them clearly to others.
In order to make it easier, I’ve combined all the ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards into one downloadable file. Within this file you will find the full color versions, the black and white versions as well as the printer-friendly versions.
Without delay, here is the ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards.
Print whichever version of our ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards that you would like to use with your child. We recommend printing on a 8″x11″ paper or for a glossier look, print them on photo paper. You can also laminate them or insert them into photo albums or old DVD cases.
How can you use these ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards with your child?
– Each number is displayed in four different ways – ASL, Written English, Numerical, and in a visual representation with the use of dots. To best use these ASL numbers charts and ASL numbers flashcards, I would recommend making use of all these different ways of expressing each number. So for example, when teaching the number “1”, I would say the number, sign the number and get your child to count the dots. Depending on how much of the alphabet they have learned, you could also get them to finger spell the number as well – so “O”, “N”, “E” for the number “1”.
– Try playing number games where you sign the number to them and get them to find the correct number on the ASL numbers charts or ASL numbers flashcards (be sure to try and get them to say the number as well or when they point to the correct number, you can say the number to them). Or show them one flashcard and get them to find that many of an object in your home. For example, show the the flashcard for the number “3” and get them to find 3 spoons.
– Sign and sing some fun number songs like “one little, two little, three little fishes…” etc.
– Sign and say the number to them and get them to clap that many times.
– Use a dice and roll it, get them to sign the number back to you and point to the correct number card.
– Print two copies of the flashcards and play a card memory game with them.
– When they’ve got the numbers memorized, you can continue to use these flashcards to teach them about counting, adding and subtracting numbers as well as play games that encourage the use of numbers.
There are endless possibilities for how to use these ASL number charts and ASL numbers flashcards. If you come up with any great ideas please share them in the comments so that others can try them too!
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