These American sign language alphabet printable flash cards are a fun way to teach kids and deaf people basic sign language. As well as people who are interested in learning more about the deaf culture. Check down below to get a full set of asl alphabet flashcards for your own personal use. That’s not all, you can also get a second set of cards to give to your friends.
WHAT IS AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE?
The sign language that is most frequently used in United States and Canada is known as American sign language or for short, ASL. Did you know that in these countries, between 250,000 to 500,000 adults and kids of all ages converse in this language as their primary language.
After English and Spanish, ASL is the third most widely spoken language in the US. Despite common assumption, ASL is neither an accurate representation of English and hardly an imitation of the actual spoken English that you and I use each and every single day. Many people will be very surprised to learn that foreign language – spoken Japanese and Navajo have more in common with ASL than with English.
A visual-gestural language is what is meant when we talk about ASL or any other form of sign language for that matter. The involvement of bodily motions as opposed to sound is referred to as the “visual” aspect. An example of this would be communicating with facial expressions as they do sign language.
This language was made precisely so that the eyes could quickly recognize it since they need to use their sight to get the message. Another interesting fact about this language is that there isn’t any one primary sign language that is used by everyone.
Different nations or areas make use of various sign languages. In particular, British Sign Language (BSL), which is distinct from American Sign Language (ASL), could be difficult for Americans to interpret. While certain nations incorporate ASL elements into their native sign languages.
WHO CAN USE SIGN LANGUAGE FLASH CARDS?
This American sign language alphabet cards can be used by anybody. The young children will definitely enjoy these printable flashcards. This will be a great way to be able to teach people how it is to do the alphabet in sign language.
I believe that everyone should also learn how to do sign language so we could also communicate with them. Sign language flashcards are the way to go if you are just beginning to learn ASL. Teachers and parents will love using these cards of sign language letters to tutor their kids at home and in school.
WAYS TO MAKE USING FLASH CARDS FUN?
These flash cards are already fun as it is but to give them a little bit of twist, here is a list of ideas of how you can make them more fun for the little learners:
- FRIENDLY COMPETITION
It is always fun to have a friendly competition that can motivate them to want to learn more. Not only that, they will be more interested in playing educational games with other kids. This won’t feel like they are having another boring lesson.
This can be done by dividing the kids into small groups or have to pair up with their friends. Hold up a card and cover either the letter or the sign for the kids to guess. The first group who can give the correct answer will get a point.
Set a number of points to determine which team or group will be the winner. To make it exciting for them, let them know that the winning team will get a prize. But of course, for those who did not win can also get a consolation prize so they will not lose interest in learning.
- MATCHING GAME
A matching game would require two set of flash cards. These types of games are always great to exercise the brain of the kids. And it is not only kids that get to benefit from this. A matching game can also be an activity for adults to help enhance their memory as well.
You can play with your kids too since it will be both good for you. Once the asl alphabet flash cards have been printed and all cut out, you can start playing this game. I am sure you are familiar with the game but just a quick refresher – shuffle the cards and lay each down randomly and faced down.
If playing with another player, you can take turns flipping a card. If its not a match both cards will be turned faced down again. Enjoy!
- COLORING PAGE
As you can see the hand images on each card is not colored, the kids can customize their cards however they want to by coloring them. With their own art, they will be more excited to use these cards. Coloring the cards is a nice activity for them to improve their writing skills and also their creativity.
HOW TO PRINT AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ALPHABET FLASH CARDS
If this is your first time with free printables, it is really easy to get them and print them off. Here is a step by step guide for you for best results:
- DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE
Now, printable templates are either in a pdf format or Microsoft word format. The printables that are in word format are usually the editable version. In this case, it is in a pdf file format. You will see the download button at the bottom of this post.
- PREPARE YOUR PAPER
You can use any type of paper you like. When printing signs, it is a good idea to use a more sturdy paper rather than regular bond paper. You can use card stock but if you don’t have one you can still use bond paper then just laminate it for longer lasting.
Next up is to print. Once you click the download button for this printable, a new window will open with the template on it. From there you can print the sign. This can be done by simply clicking the small printer logo on the upper right side.
The only thing left for you to do is to cut the cards around the borders of each card. Arrange the cards and you are all set!
Lastly, enjoy your new printable! Don’t forget to share them with your friends and family so they can have one too!
FREE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ALPHABET PRINTABLE FLASH CARDS
The best part about this American sign language alphabet printable flash cards is that it is totally free for you to download. Just click on the link below and you’ll be ready to print and use them right away!
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