Paw Sign Stories with Books: ASL American Sign Language for Windows Only
The five stories in Paws Signs Stories are original. They utilize strategies found successful in teaching early reading skills, such as repeated phrases, patterned language, and predictable structure. Each story also teaches something about ASL. Each story has three games (i.e., 15 in all), each focusing on a different skill, such as visual memory, visual sequencing, literacy, spelling, math, and creativity. This version of Paws Signs Stories comes with five sturdy books, one for each story. The storybooks won Best in Category for Excellence in Print by the Printing and Graphics Communications Association in 1998. Sign vocabulary from the stories is depicted in the back of each book. We learn how location affects the telling of a story in ASL in I Can Play Outside. In I Like Many Things, a girl talks about all of the things that she likes. Each thing is made with the same hand shape in ASL, the "1" hand shape, so some of the signs are similar and encourage the use of visual discrimination. Time to Wash teaches addition, subtraction, and colors as a little girl hangs clothes on the clothesline. And I Walked Some More follows a little boy as he explores the zoo. His descriptions of the animals shows how facial expression is crucial when using adjectives in ASL.