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Learning Styles

Students retain/remember...

  • 10% of what they read
  • 20% of what they hear
  • 30% of what they see
  • 50% of what they hear & see
  • 70% of what they say
  • 90% of what they do!

Signing Captures every Child - the Whole Child!

Teachers are always looking for additional tools to reach young students. These studies looked at the benefits and use of sign language in the classroom. Research has found young children who are able to sign and communicate their needs to teachers demonstrate less frustration in the classroom.

Many parents ask me about the research related to signing with babies and toddlers. The latest research by Dr. Marilyn Daniels - a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University - finds that signing leads to success in reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, and memory. You can read more at

While early literacy skills and increased intelligence are certainly important, I see these things simply as side benefits. The most important and meaningful benefit is sign language's ability to enrich the parent-child relationship. Signing increases the number of positive interactions and decreases the number of negative interactions, a formula that naturally leads to a closer relationship. All children - all people for that matter - want to be understood. Sign language makes that possible for our little sweeties, what better gift could we give them?

The Benefits

While signing with hearing infants and toddlers is gaining great popularity, many parents stop signing once their children have begun to speak or feel they missed the chance to benefit from signing if their child is already school age. But great news! The benefits of signing with hearing children continue all the way through the 6th grade.

Whether you have a preschooler or a 4th grader, learning American Sign Language is beneficial. When sign language is incorporated into other learning activities, children are learning visually, verbally, and kinesthetically all at the same time, simultaneously engaging children of different learning styles and creating greater memory retention.

Dr. Marilyn Daniels is the author of the critically acclaimed Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy (Bergin & Garvey 2001). She has found, based on over ten years of research with hearing children in the U.S. and the UK, that the benefits for hearing children using sign language are:

  • Improved English vocabulary
  • Improved reading ability
  • Improved spelling proficiency
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increased comfort with expressing emotion
  • Increased receptive and expressive language skills
  • Improved eye/hand coordination and general motor function
  • Increased IQ scores