Summer Hmong Cultural and Language Camp
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By Talking With Baby

I had the privilege of attending the two week Hmong Cultural and Language camp held at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  The last day of August 5 ended with a performance for parents, grandparents and friends.  My purpose was to introduce some sign language, they learned nearly 40 signs.  It was amazing how children who did not speak English were suddenly part of the group when they could use the signs they learned.  One little boy would always sign ‘friend’ whenever he saw me.   Before we began our part of the performance, a clan leader asked me if I could get one of her students to sit down because she couldn’t.  I used the sign ‘sit’ and lowered my hands towards the floor.  Magically he followed and sat down.  How amazing!  I was so proud when these 4, 5 and 6 year olds were able to tell the Hmong story of coming to America using sign language only to be followed by signing and singing a favorite song, Big Heart.  Teach a non-verbal, or non-English speaking child some sign today and see how proud you both can be!

By musicalbug
August 26, 2011 at 09:14pm
I have used sign language with my children in many situations. My son and his friend went on a carnival ride without an adult for the first time. He was so excited to do this that he stood up inside the ride to show me that they were going to go! What could I do? He was too high and would never hear me tell him to sit down. So, I signed to him to sit down. He understood me and sat down. Whew! When the ride was over he told me how fun it was. I'm glad we have used sign language since they were young. It has been very useful!
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