Welcome to signwithcourtney! I’m so excited that you have decided to join me today. On this site you will find various things that I hope will interest you. Whether you are currently or have been in one of my classes, know me as a friend or acquaintance, or have just discovered me online, I am glad. 🙂
If you are new to signing and interested in getting started, I suggest that you start off in my Beginning American Sign Language class which is divided up by weeks. In this class, I have pulled from my own knowledge and various signing books to create my own curriculum. I invite you to follow along as a member of my online class. Each week I will upload what was taught that week as soon as I can (schedule allowing). Feel free to watch these videos on your own, with a friend or your family, or even in a group. The best way for you to succeed in signing is to practice. Practicing is much easier when you have someone else to sign with, so grab a friend and get learning!
I also have a class, titled American Sign Language 1, that I previously taught using the book A Basic Course in American Sign Language which can be purchased from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Course-American-Sign-Language/dp/0932666426 or your local bookstore. In this class, I taught through the first half of the book. In American Sign Language 2, I am using the same book and teaching through the second half of the book.
I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of the book that I taught through for American Sign Language 1 and 2, but it was what I was given for the first time I taught the class and it sufficed. If you are one of those people who loves to have hard copies of things, I would suggest going to your local bookstore and choosing a good American Sign Langugage Dictionary. That way you have a visual for the signs that you want to learn. If I were you, I would suggest just going through the tutorials until you have thoroughly learned them and just keep practicing. If you are techie like me, I would suggest visiting http://www.aslpro.com which is a great, free, online American Sign Langugage dictionary.
On this site, you will also find various song tutorials that you are welcome to learn at any point during your signing journey. You will also find more songs taught during the classes. My new format for teaching the songs involves me teaching the signs and practicing signing them without music, then signing with the music while talking through it, and then signing the finished version of the song.
I also love doing dramas! You will also find various skits that I have directed or participated in. Some of them even involve signing! 🙂 I invite you to watch them for enjoyment as well as to learn them and teach them.
I am also a writer of songs, poems, stories, and devotionals. I used to be a staff writer and later editor for a Christian newspaper at my college. I wrote, and still write, various devotionals which I’m sure you will enjoy. I also teach a weekly Bible study for girls and will likely include my teaching notes as well.
Last but not least, signwithcourtney is my first site to which I will be linking all of my videos that are posted on http://www.youtube.com/shineandsparkle