Monday, 18 May 2015

Sign Language Week

Week 3 this term was New Zealand Sign Language Week. This was something that was really important in Room 9 because we use sign language to communicate with Grita.

During the week, we all learnt the alphabet, how to say good morning and good afternoon, our names, different fruits and some simple instructions in sign language. We worked hard to do the roll silently every morning. On the Friday, we had a sign language competition! From 9am until morning tea, we could only sign. It was very difficult, even Miss T had to talk once or twice because she couldn't find how to sign some instructions. Everyone worked really hard though, and we managed to make it the whole morning only signing.

If you would like to learn some sign language too, you can play Sign Language Ninja, like we did:

http://www.nzslsignninja.co.nz/

The most exciting part of Sign Language week was that Room 9 was running assembly. This meant we could teach the Lower Middle Syndicate some of our sign language, like how to clap silently! We also performed a song in sign, the A B C song which is Grita's favourite.

We were very lucky as well because Jessica and her Dad, Grant, organised for a special visitor to come and see us. Rodney, who was born deaf, came to talk and sign to us about his life as a Deaf Black - the All Blacks for the hearing impaired. It was very interesting and we were privileged to hear his story.

Here is a picture of us performing the A B C song to Grita......

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