Sunday, January 30, 2011

Twinkle, twinkle little star...

This is the song I usually dread most when teaching ASL signs. The sign most children learn for diamond is HIGHLY inappropriate in ASL.

Imagine my shock today at church when I start signing Twinkle, Twinkle with Sugar and she signs said HIGHLY inappropriate sign.

"Sweetie, that isn't the correct way to sign diamond. This is how to do it." *shows correct way*
"No. It is like this." *signs HIGHLY inappropriate sign*
"That isn't the way. You need to do it like this." *shows correct way*
"No. My teacher said to do it like this." *again signs HIGHLY inappropriate sign*

I finally told her we'd talk about it later just to get her to stop signing it wrong. eek!

***to sign DIAMOND, make a "D" with your right hand (fingers all touching the thumb except the pointer finger is up) and tap it on your left ring finger, where a diamond would be.

Here are some online dictionary results:

Click to sign DIAMOND (the object, like what is in the sky)

Click to sign the shape DIAMOND

3 chocolate lovers:

Jill said...

So do we get to know what the highly inappropriate sign means?

Anonymous said...

Can we see the 'correct' way to sign it?

Melisa said...

Thanks for the idea, Anon! I added the videos for the correct way to sign diamond. I couldn't add the video for the wrong way, because it was considered a 'mature' sign and you have to be a member to see it. Just think of female anatomy. Not exactly what you want your kids signing when singing a nursery song.