Sign the Alphabet
How to Play:
Lyric would like to help you a learn to sign using ASL.
All you have to do is click on sign game links below.
This is a great site in general for early readers, however, if you click on ABC’s you will see a picture of hands on the bottom left hand side of your screen. Click on this and it will show you an animated girl showing each manual letter in the alphabet. She will also say the letter and make the sound of the letter. Even though it is an animated drawing the hand shape is quite clear to understand. My only wish is that she also said an object that started with that letter (and showed the sign for that object) and that there were more things to do on the site that incorporated sign language.
Arthur at PBSArthur is a cute character that appears on PBS. On their website Arthur has a section on sign language where children can practice signing. Arthur will teach you how to sign your own name (by fingerspelling it for you after you type it in), and he will also show you how to ask some different questions and make some different statements in sign language. You can choose your question or statement from a list of choices and do it over again several times so that you can learn some new signs each time. There are two drawbacks to this site. One is that the manual alphabet is just shown on one page, it is not interactive and Arthur doesn’t do any sounds the letter makes or objects that start with that letter like some of the other sites reviewed here. The other drawback is that the questions and statements are actually signed English, as the sequence of the words in the sentence are how we would say them in English and not how we would say them in American Sign Language. An example from the site is that in the statements section it has the sentence “I like basketball.” In American Sign Language you would sign “Basketball, I like.” The subject of the sentence is always put first. This can be misleading on the site, although they do explain this in the “More Information” section.