We have been making new Pawz Puppets! The children are so excited to have their own puppets to practice with. All these puppets were made from thrift store stuffed toys and shirts.  The gloves were bought in the winter section of a box store or dollar store. (If you ever need help finding gloves, send me a comment from the link section and include your email address).
 I will introduce you to our new friends, starting with'

Dawgy BrownPawz.

Dawgy BrownPawz is a handsome dog. He sleeps on the end of "Speed's" bed and today he had his portrait taken!
He likes to watch video's with Speed, especially Dr Wonder. He would like to live in a land that was all sign language, because then he could talk to everybody!
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Paulina BunnyPawz

She is a Beautiful  Ballerina who likes to play Barbies with Dolly. She likes to go to the park and play on the slide and swings. She likes to sing as well, and hand signs so all her non hearing friends can enjoy it too!
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Elliott MoosePawz

No, your eyes do not deceive you, this is the childrens book Character Elliott Moose with Pawz.  This is "Dino's" puppet with toddler size pawz, that let him join in  on the fun.  I suspect that in a few years, Elliott MoosePawz will need a new shirt and gloves to accommodate bigger hands but he's perfect for now!
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Don't forget, you can make your own Pawz puppets  by following the link in this blog post!
 
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How do you keep track of all the new signs you are learning? We made ourselves personal size  notebooks and glued in pictures of the signs printed from our internet sources such as DLTK or Lesson Tutor (see links page).  If you can draw (even stick figures), you may even be able to add your own diagrams in a way that you will understand them!
You can also use index cards attached together with small beaners .  This allows you to organize your signs into categories and add new signs.

Don't forget to use you sign language often, so you don't forget your signs. Dolly has, for example started filling in the sermon notes sheet during church.  She can't always read the screen fast enough, so I finger spell her the words to write in. ( I have also signed to the children from the platform if I see them miss behaving!)

We also use our signs when we are sick with colds, so we don't strain our sore throats! And we have used it to talk from a distance in a crowded room. There are many good reasons for learning and using hand signs.
 
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                                 Meet our mascot Leopawz!

You can see him in our Web sites main image. He is sitting there patiently waiting for his turn to help you learn hand signs to help you communicate with the youngest members of the family.

He is a "hand" puppet who will help us learn hand signs and songs and activities. We will show you how to do the ASL (American Sign Language)  or SEE (Signed Exact English) hand signs. For signs that don't move  there will be a photograph in the Dictionary. For moving signs there will be video.

 If you like Leo, and would like to make your own "Hand" puppet, I have a fully diagrammed instruction tutorial on my personal blog which you can find by following this link:
ASL/Homeschool Hand Puppet
I made Leopawz from thrift store items for a total of $3, so he is an easy, worthwhile  and fun learning tool.

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