handwriting lesson for kids

Jonathan duncanjonathan at YAHOO.CA
Wed Jan 31 23:27:08 UTC 2007

Hi Val,
    I printed out the Goldilocks Level 1 for 3 of my Deaf students. 
They are all young teenagers.  They all thought well of the coloring
books and exercises.  I have only been back to visit Allan since I gave
it to them.  When I asked him about the Goldilocks book, he started
apologizing that he hadn't colored any of the pictures yet.  So I asked
him if had done any of the exercises.  He got it out for me and it turns
out that he had done all of them!!!!!!!!! All within a week!!! 
    He had it all nearly perfect except that he forgot to color in a few
arrow heads for the right hand and fill in a few hands that where flat
palm down horizontal hands.  I have printed out the next Level of
Goldilocks for him to read I will give it to him soon.
    I am looking forward to what my other 2 students have done in their
    I have a suggestion in case you ever make another version of it.  I
think that it would be nice to have a full page of the flat horizontal
hands (like the flat vertical hands) just before the "baby" sign or the
"walk" sign workbook pages.
    Another suggestion about the website, I think that such gems as the
4 Goldilocks should be put on their own with a short explanation you
gave Cherie about the different levels.  There's so many good things on
your web site.  Sometimes we don't take the time too look into some of
them until you point them out to us here on the sw-l.

Thanks again for all the beautiful work you and others have done.


 Valerie Sutton wrote:
> SignWriting List
> January 9, 2007
> Here are the links to downloading the three books for kids:
> Workbook SW Level 1
> http://www.signwriting.org/archive/docs1/sw0076-US-Goldilocks-Level1.pdf
> Storybook SW Level 2
> http://www.signwriting.org/archive/docs1/sw0077-US-Goldilocks-Level2.pdf
> ASL Picture Dictionary for kids
> http://www.signwriting.org/archive/docs1/sw0078-US-Pict-Dict-1.pdf
> but I will try to print some for you today too...
> I look forward to getting more Level 1 workbooks with other story
> lines other than Goldilocks someday, so let's talk about taking your
> Mother Goose literature and creating workbooks for those stories
> too...in the future...for Level 1...it is not that hard to do...just
> need some focus time!
> and congrats once again for teaching SignWriting at the Georgia School
> for the Deaf!
> Val ;-)
> ------
> On Jan 9, 2007, at 9:42 AM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> January 9, 2007
>> On Jan 9, 2007, at 6:14 AM, CWren at doe.k12.ga.us wrote:
>>> Val, As you know, Donna and I will begin teaching the kids this
>>> friday... would you recommend starting them with handwriting
>>> symbols, since that is primarily what they will be doing at first,
>>> or with the full symbols as done in the computer, since that is what
>>> they will be reading primarily...  Does my question make sense? 
>>> Should I do up a handwritten version of Hickory Dickory, for
>>> example, rather than use the computer printed one, since they will
>>> not be using the computer themselves right away?  Which symbol set
>>> should they learn first?
>> My Goodness! You need the materials I developed for teaching children
>> in different Levels...
>> No...do not start with Hickory Dickory Dock, which is beautifully
>> written, but is too advanced for beginning writers and especially
>> children...it is Level 3 or 4...that can be introduced after they
>> have completed a Workbook in Level 1...
>> I was so hoping that you and Donna would join the Literacy Project
>> and ask for the materials and then I would print and send them to
>> you...that way you would have the Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 we developed
>> for children...
>> But let me explain...
>> We developed SignWriting Levels for teaching children...which we used
>> in the Albuquerque School system for years...
>> Goldilocks at SignWriting Level 1 is a workbook and coloring book for
>> young children...the children learn specific symbols and write them
>> in rows, and color pictures and then write the signs for those 
>> pictures...then we graduate them to Level 2, 3 and 4...later, after
>> they have completed writing the whole Workbook Level 1...they learn
>> to read simple writing, and then graduate to more complex writing,
>> like your marvelous stories, Cherie, which are at Level 3 and 4...
>> You can download all four levels of writing and reading Goldilocks on
>> the web...
>> All of your written literature, including Hickory Dickory Dock, can
>> be developed in 4 Levels too...but that takes some development time ;-)
>> So today, Tuesday, I am going to print 10 workbooks for you, and send
>> them Express Mail to you...they may not make it by Friday...but we
>> can try!
>> You can also download the PDF of Workbook 1 and print them out for
>> your kids yourself...Can you print in color at your school? Here is
>> the link for Workbook 1:
>> Download & Print Workbook 1, at Level 1 for kids:
>> http://www.signwriting.org/archive/thumbnails/00025.html
>> On this web page, you will see documents 76, 77 and 78...all three
>> are used with young children...but number 76 is the Workbook Level
>> 1...for Hand-Printing basic symbols...
>> Val ;-)


Jonathan & Yolaine Duncan
8-)  & ;-)

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