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Enhancing Lessons with Sign Language– Without Being Fluent

Presenter(s): Rachel Giannini
Location: CPS Garfield Park Office 2651 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago IL 60612 Check-In: 12:30 PM Workshop: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Contact Hours: 3

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About This Workshop:

Sign Language gives young children the opportunity to communicate even if they can’t yet verbalize their wants and needs. Signing accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, and enhances children’s self-esteem. Participants will learn about the important benefits of signing, along with techniques to add sign language to any lesson. This workshop introduces beginning signs that are based on American Sign Language (ASL) and it focuses on literacy, vocabulary, and classroom management, all without being fluent. Participants will leave with resources, tips, tricks, and lesson plans to get them started.

About the Presenter(s):
Rachel Giannini is a childhood specialist, an early childhood advocate, and a video blog host. She is currently the writer, director, and on screen talent for a series of video blogs for the Chicago Children’s Museum and feature length documentary, No Small Matter. Rachel’s videos tackle everything from teaching equality in a hyper-partisan environment to how to make your own fluffy foamy slime. Rachel has been published in The New York Times, HuffPost, Child Care Exchange, and Chicago Parent. Her adventures can be heard on Kids Stuff Podcast and Hi Mama. Rachel has a MFA in Museum Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a volunteer hospital magician for Open Heart Magic.

Content Level: Introductory Level- Remembering/Understanding
Topic Area: Interactions with Children
Gateways Content Area: E – Interactions Relationships and Environments CDA Content Area: CDA 2 – Physical/Intellectual

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