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New Zealand Sign Language Week (30 April – 4 May)

Posted by on 9 May 2012

The Bible says “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outwards appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

At Little Kiwis, we always emphasize the need to learn to appreciate who we are and at the same time respect the differences of others. Little Kiwis has been joining in with the celebration and has used this awareness week to formally introduce Sign Language by teaching children simple sign greetings and some words and phrases commonly used in our everyday life, for example, counting numbers in Sign Language, how to say Jesus loves me using signs, and learn alphabets using Sign Language.

By introducing this new area of learning in the week of celebration, children were empowered to explore the new found knowledge and thus had the opportunity to develop new interests and skills in different learning context. They had the experience in making the connection with the wider community- that is beyond their home and childcare setting as they began their journey in discovering this language different from their own. During this week, children also developed confidence and gained insights to their learning capacity when they were given the chance to show their signing in front of their peers and teachers.

All the children had great fun learning Sign Language, and we also had some very good feedbacks from parents. We will continue to explore this beautiful language by providing more learning activities that are meaningful and enjoyable to the children.

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