To say ASL Summer Camp is the “Perfect” curriculum for working parents, either outside the home or inside the home, is a bold statement to make don’t you think? I stand by my word. Let me explain why.
Foreign language struggles:
One of the hardest subjects to plan for in my opinion is planning for Foreign Language. The reason being, I don’t speak anything fluently except English, and some days I am not even sure I speak that fluently, haha!
I do have minimal experience (think hello, goodbye and a few things) in German, French, Spanish (thank you Dora the Explorer) and ASL.
Since the beginning, the children have been exposed to French.
I say exposed as we have jumped from curriculum to private teacher to online programs. Plus being Canadian, we have all our packaging in French and English.
There are whole communities where French is the primary language. We have found a few programs that worked really well for my son, who is enjoying French.
My daughter does not like French, she wanted to learn ASL (American Sign Language). The great thing about being a homeschooler is she has control over what she learns. So off we went hunting.
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The Perfect Curriculum Requirements:
The first thing I did was sit down with my daughter and we crafted a list of what we felt was needed in order for the program to work for us. Here is our list:
ASL needed to be, from the student point of view:
- Not something “in your face”
- Not a book – Learning ASL can be tricky. It is hard to tell from books exactly the motion they are doing. You end up with more questions than answers, such as guessing the speed, exact direction of the motion and more.
- Not boring
- At the beginner level
- Lots of interesting practice, nothing dry
ASL needed to be, from my point of view:
- I wanted to be able to help, so access to someone to ask questions and get answers was a must.
- Reasonably priced.
- Flexible in scheduling
- Be done at your own pace
- Not time intensive
- Little or no preparing
- Activity items found in the house
- No special tools needed
Last year I never found what I was looking for. So she settled for Spanish. This year we were fully prepared to try Spanish again, then Rochelle talked about this amazing ASL Summer Camp she had created.
This immediately caught my attention as I had tried to learn ASL when I was younger, again in my mid 20’s, and now I had a little girl who was interested. I reached out to see what this was all about.
ASL Summer Camp in theory:
Rochelle described the course like summer camp, but better, because you could do it at your own time, not leave home, not have to worry about transportation, clothing, lunches or get eaten by bugs!
Do it on my time? Yes please!
As a mom that works outside the home, on a schedule that is forever changing, there is no way we can sign up for a “summer” class without adding a ton of stress worrying over having someone available to drive her to the class, etc.
The course was designed to do for 4 weeks, 4 days each week. Each day has activities to do and they were super cute and fun. Here is a list of the themes for each week:
Week One: Animal Identification
Week Two: Get Moving!
Week Three: Camp Out
Week Four: Survival
Other bonuses are amazing. There are courses designed to teach new signs, grammar, and grammar concepts through fun activities and more! Nothing boring!
ASL Summer Camp in practice:
After reading it over and talking with Rochelle, we decided to give it a shot. My daughter and I sat down and printed off the workbook. We chose a few days to work on it and decided to leave the days up to my crazy schedule. (against the rules-you would learn much quicker if you stick to the schedule recommended! So basically-Don’t be like me!)
We finished the introduction and my daughter was quiet. I thought, hmm maybe this isn’t her thing.
We started our ABC’s the next day, I had questions about double letters. Rochelle quickly emailed me back and answer AND offered to make a special video to explain what she meant. Say what?? That is what I call service.
Rochelle was genuinely interested in our success. This really carries weight with me. When you have someone on your side, cheering you on-it’s a biggie. You feel like you have a fighting chance to learn something new.
However, my concern rose as my daughter, who was the one interested in learning this…was quiet.
I was getting worried, I loved the course, I loved the videos. I wanted her to love it too!#ASLSUMMERCAMP the perfect choice for the #working mom! #ishnet @rochelle_barlow Click To Tweet
My Daughter’s Opinion:
My daughter never said, “I love ASL!” She showed me–okay she showed others!
Later in the week when her dad got home she excitedly showed him what she learned, she practiced on her own, she was introducing herself to everyone in ASL.
She doesn’t complain when I ask her to watch a video, or show someone, she happily tries her best. She is excited. She makes mistakes but doesn’t get down heartened. She laughs and tries again.
I have discovered her silence is not her hating the program or being bored.
Instead, her silence is her trying to remember. It is her way of learning the moves and studying what Rochell is doing in the videos.
I am happy to say it is a success!
ASL Summer Camp-why I feel it is the perfect curriculum for the working parent:
I feel that this is the perfect curriculum for busy working parents because:
- you after you get the workbook printed off, you can easily have the program ready at the drop of a hat.
- It takes little to no prep work besides finding the program on your computer, entering the login information and hitting play.
- Crafts are materials you have around the house or easy to get and fun to make.
- You can change the days you want to work on it to suit your crazy schedule. The course is very flexible.
- The video can be watched over and over again if needed. Which is great if you are having a problem. Which is kind of awesome! Just sayin’.
If you are looking for an ASL Course to teach your child in a fun, engaging way ASL Summer Camp the course for you. I recommend this for any beginner, however, if you have a more advanced student, then check out her other courses such as ASL Done Right.
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*I was given access to ASL Summer Camp in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are mine, FYI: it blew my expectations out of the water 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please share if you do!