Book Series 1 Includes including Zoo, Colors, and Breakfast
Fun with Abby and Alyssa is a series of educational books designed to introduce the early readers to American Sign Language (ASL). These books encourage early readers to learn ASL by replicating the signs demonstrated in these books. Each book will focus on a different set of related signs. Abby and Alyssa will demonstrate how to sign a particular word and encourage the reader to make the sign themselves. All books will also contain the ASL signs for the alphabet and numbers 1 through 10.
- Sign language acts as a bridge to speech and language by “turning on” areas of the brain that are inactive due to the breakdown in spoken language. Sign language provides a way for all children and especially children with special needs to express themselves. Sign language helps to promote:
- Language Skills
- Word Recognition
- Hand/Eye Coordination
- Fine Motor Skills
What makes these books even more special is that Abby and Alyssa are both real girls who have significant medical challenges. These girls are the friends every little boy and girl would like to have! The books are great for children with special needs and others. They not only teach ASL but promote inclusion and acceptance of differences.
The first book, “A Day at the Zoo”, will introduce the reader to Abby and Alyssa and takes the girls on a journey to the zoo. It introduces them to many of the zoo animals and the signs that coordinate with them.
The second book, “A Day with Colors”, teaches colors.
The third book, ” A Day Starts with Breakfast”, teaches some of the signs for the foods we eat at breakfast.
The Abby and Alyssa series will be sold in sets of 3 or more books. The author (Grandpa Don) expects to write many books for the series. Each book will chronicle daily activities in the lives of his two granddaughters and teach ASL associated with these activities.
For more information on the girls, please visit: http://www.funwithabbyandalyssa.com/
Book Signing – Try to sign an entire Abby & Alyssa book instead of reading aloud. Abby and Alyssa would be so proud!
DIY Book – Expand the line of Abby & Alyssa books by creating your own stories and adventures. Themes can focus on an upcoming event like a vacation. This helps kids prepare and anticipate new adventures.
I Spy – Play a version of the game “I Spy.” Find a person, place or thing and sign it for others to guess what you see to practice signing.
Action – Caregiver and child can record themselves signing to each other to watch how signs are interpreted with facial expressions and body language too.
Body Language – Sign language is all about body movement and facial expressions. Try to practice various facial expressions and body language for different feelings. This type of play helps build kids’ social/emotional skills.
Flash Cards – Make flashcards of the words that are signed throughout the Abby & Alyssa books to help with memory and recall. How many can you remember?