AW: [sw-l] how old children are using SignWriting?

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 2 23:24:27 UTC 2008

Hi Honza, 


I was lucky to watch 3 year old Gordian to read SW-documents meaningful – He
has had so much fun – 7 years ago. 


Today I am working with kindergarden – kids almost 5 years old – they “read”
SW-cards for colors, numbers, names, animals - -


And of course – there are my other students – really experts in reading age
14 to 19... 


One group of students gets the chance to practice SW handwriting – but it is
so tremendously difficult compared to reading. 


Stefan ;-)




Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Montag, 1. Dezember 2008 21:52
An: SignWriting List
Betreff: Re: [sw-l] how old children are using SignWriting?


SignWriting List

December 1st, 2008


Hello Honza!

Yes...I am sure that Stefan Woehrmann at the Osnabruck School for the Deaf
in Germany can tell you that he has taught children of different ages...what
are the ages of your students, Stefan? I found this web page:


What an attractive group of students you have!


More info here:


SignWriting in Germany


Take a look at this web can see children in New Mexico:


kids ages ranged from five years old to around 12 years old I believe...


but there is no age limit or issue...everyone can learn SignWriting with the
right materials, teachers and motivation...


Val ;-)








I used it with kids in our elementary program, as young as 4 years old
(preschool) and they all read and wrote a little bit.  We didn't have the
time(or administrative support) to keep it going, sadly. 

Cherie Wren
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Rd
Cave Spring, GA 30124




On Dec 1, 2008, at 9:40 AM, Honza wrote:

hello everyone, especially you, who work as teachers in Deaf Schools!

I wanna ask you how old children are using SignWriting (at least reading)
My Slovak colleague (opposite number) are making dictionary for children of
early age (2-6) with SignWriting as well. But I suppose that SignWriting can
use children at least at age of entering basic school (if they are tought
about SW). - at least 7 age. 

what are your experiences?



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