American Sign Language (ASL)
Kindergarten students are introduced to American Sign Language and participate in a 40-minute class offered on a 6-day cycle. Emphasis is placed on the various facets of visual communication, including facial expression, body movement, and basic hand shapes of ASL. Students become familiar with the manual alphabet and learn a core vocabulary of signs that coincides with the kindergarten curriculum. They acquire these skills by participating in games, signing songs, and exchanging greetings through puppetry and role play. Students also gain an awareness and appreciation of the deaf culture through various fiction and non-fiction books.