Learning to sign through song at the Berkeley library

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Parents and children, ages 5 years and below, learned American Sign Language while singing and dancing at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on Friday July 18th.

Cristen Gallin, a certified Teacher of the Deaf at Monmouth Regional High School, taught American Sign Language using songs, dancing, stories, and nursery rhymes. Children active in the class learned the signs related to food, family, animals, daily routines, and manners.

The resources that correspond with Cristen’s class, such as “Signing Times” with Rachel Coleman, are located in local library branches. The class provided a hands-on multisensory lesson for children to learn sign language at an early age.

The next “Come Sign with Cristen” class will be held at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., 10:30 a.m. Friday July 25.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-269-2144 or go to the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”
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