Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Mon Mar 12 14:30:28 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
March 12, 2007

What a great report, Cherie! THANK YOU for sharing this story with  
us...I am glad to know that the other teachers are becoming  
interested! Your student sounds very bright, even with all his  
problems...I like his writing...I recognized MOTHER on the bottom  
right, and your name Cherie upside down left immediately!

I hope the school will see this as more than an experiment in time!   
Val ;-)

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On Mar 12, 2007, at 3:59 AM, Cherie Wren wrote:

> Just an update on how the kids are doing at GSD.  We have had about  
> 5 sessions total, and the kids are taking off with it!  I have one  
> kid in particular that is always asking 'how do I write this', and  
> 'what would the symbol for this be' type of questions. Others are  
> also starting to write spontaneously in class.  The teachers are  
> starting to get excited; where at first they were just grudgingly  
> allowing us to take up some of their time, now they are eager for  
> us to come.
> Speaking of that one kid...  I ran into him and his family at a   
> local restaurant last week, and I stopped to talk to his mom for a   
> bit.  He kept interupting to tell his mother things..  This   
> particular child has other problems than just being Deaf, and is   
> difficult to understand, even if you are fluent in sign.  I  
> watched  for a minute...  He was talking about signwriting, and  
> that when  you make an E, its a black square with a line where the  
> thumb  goes.  He was trying to show his mom signwriting.  So I  
> explained  to her what he was saying, and then what he was talking  
> about.  I  also briefly explained that we were teaching the kids at  
> GSD as an  experiment to see if it would affect their English  
> literacy..  She  was very interested, and asked for more  
> information, which I  promised to send home with the student.  I  
> went back to my table to  eat with my daughter.  All thru dinner,  
> the student kept popping  over to our table to show me something  
> else he had written on his  napkin.  The attached picture is his  
> napkin.  It is very hard to  read, being pencil on brown napkin,  
> but you can see where he showed  the 6 palm facings for an open  
> hand.  My name is to the far left,  upside down.  His sisters'  
> names are on there, as is 'mother.'
> cherie
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