Is your child interested in learning American Sign Language? There are some really wonderful free resources for kids of all ages to learn ASL.
The American Sign Language University offers wonderful free online ASL classes. They provide four levels of classes for free, with each course building on the last and comprising of 15 in-depth lessons. The lessons consist of written assignments, video lessons, quizzes and text, with additional practice cards, powerpoints, finger sign recognition programs and printables that you can also access for free. They recommend completing one lesson per week, which would make each course take 15 weeks. Each course provides the equivalent of half of one credit for high school or 4 university semester hour credits.
Hand Speak has been around since 1995 and offers lots of content, including lessons and great information on the deaf community, cultural appropriation and more. It also offers fantastic tools like the ASL dictionary and an ASL to English Reverse Dictionary if you are trying to find the translation of a sign you don’t recognize. They also have an ASL video dictionary just for kids, signed by kids.
Sign Language for Kids has also been around since the early 90’s and has all kinds of free content and some paid. They have great videos for younger kids to learn signs and lots of great free ASL printables and extras.
If you prefer you-tube videos, some of the most popular are:
Do you have favorite ASL resources that aren’t on the list? Please share them in the comments!