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Second Graders Get “Hands On” and Learn Sign Language
Nashville Christian School second graders recently studied Helen Keller and her contribution to education. They read stories and books about her and watched movies about her life and how she was able to communicate as a deaf and blind woman. Students researched her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and the impact that both of them had on history for the blind and deaf community. They also studied Braille, learning how and why it is used.
Their final activity was to have a sign-language interpreter come into their classroom and teach them sign language. They learned the alphabet in order to know how to "say" their names and learned important words like Mom, Dad, Christmas, and Jesus. While Mrs. Cooper read the book The Three Little Pigs, the students watched the interpreter as she signed the words.
Overall, the experience was exciting for the students and opened up many conversations about what others are capable of with disabilities and differences.