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!