Product Work LogName_____________________________________________________ Date ________________Product ________________________________________________________________________Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I learned the alphabet in sign languageSaturday, 10/22/11 today. I also explored a website my2:27 - 4:30 PM project facilitator told me about that consists of a lot of beneficialTotal time: 2 hours information on sign language that can be useful to a beginner. Commentary: Beginning my senior project by learning the alphabet was a good decision. My project facilitator told me that I can spell out the words that have difficult or unknown signs. I spent the spelling out the words I used in conversations with my family. By doing this, I became more comfortable with the idea of using my hands instead of my mouth to express thoughts. The website I will be using to learn sign language is www.lifeprint.com and the website is extremely helpful. It contains videos that slows down and simplifies the process of learning signs.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I learned to sign family vocab. ForSaturday, 11/05/11 example, I learned how to sign7:04 – 9:10 PM “mother”, “father”, “sister”, “brother”, and more.Total time: 2 hours Commentary: The website I am using to learn sign language stated that learning simple vocabulary is the best way for a beginner to grasp the concept of sign language. My project facilitator has been really helpful so far. Since she has a family and job of her own, it’s difficult for us to meet up. Nevertheless, we communicate frequently through Facebook and our phones to make sure I’m learning the correct signs and she answers any questions I have.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I met with my project facilitator toFriday, 11/18/11 strategize how I would conquer this4:07 – 6:11 PM project. Andy, my project facilitator, told me I should start off by learning asTotal time: 2 hours much simple vocabulary as I possibly can. In the second semester, she told me I should begin to put the words together and form sentences. She also gave me a book with simple vocabulary that can be used to communicate with babies and young children. Commentary: After meeting with Andy, I spent an abundant amount of my time studying the book she had given me. I attempted to memorize all the vocabulary words in the book and took the book with me wherever I went.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I started off by reviewing theTuesday, 11/22/11 vocabulary I had already learned.2:38 – 3:39 PM Additionally, I dove into learning the “First 100 Signs” fromTotal time: 1 hour www.lifeprint.com. Commentary: “Outside” and “inside” are two examples of signs I learned today. I tried to learn as many vocabulary words as I possibly could because I only had one month remaining of the first semester and I had planned to start forming sentences in the second semester. The words are starting to become more and more intricate now that I am passing the beginner stage of learning sign language. I am also, however, finding many videos that display simpler ways of performing specific signs.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I continued to learn new signs throughMonday, 12/19/11 the “First 100 Signs” from1:19 - 3:21 PM www.lifeprint.com. I also learned to sign my first conversation. In signTotal time: 2 hours language, I said “Hi, my name is Maida Ahmad and for my senior project, I am learning sign language.” Commentary: Andy was busy today, so I talked to her through Facebook and filled her in on the signs I had learned since our last meeting. She was happy that I had been learning sign language so successfully and encouraged me to begin forming sentences. I encountered an obstacle when I transitioned from learning simple words to forming long sentences. Just like any other language, sign language requires correct verb tense and syntax, so it took quite a lengthy amount of time to form a correct sentence.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I used all the vocabulary words I hadTuesday, 12/27/11 learned during the first semester and1:43 – 3:49 PM formed simple sentences with them. I also researched the correct way to signTotal time: 2 hours past, present, and future tense verbs in sign language. Commentary: This is the first time I truly spent my time creating sentences and phrases with the words I have learned. I can honestly say that creating sentences is a lot more enjoyable than just learning simple vocabulary. However, learning sentences takes a lot longer because I have to make sure the tense and structure of each sentence is correct.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: I learned more phrases today andWednesday, 2/22/12 reviewed the possible visual displays I12:10 – 3: 15 PM can create for my presentation. Through Facebook, I let Andy knowTotal time: 3 hours about what I was planning on doing for my visual displays and my actual senior project presentation. Commentary: I learned to sign some phrases that I will most likely have to sign to the judges I present to the judges in my senior project presentation. Also, after much consideration, I decided on making a tri-fold board that highlighted the past, present, and future conditions of sign language. However, I am still undecided and a little confused on what my second visual display can be.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I decided to teach sign languageFriday, 2/22/12 to junior at Creekview High School,12:30 – 1:30 PM Ashley Bridges. She told me that she had always been interested in learningTotal time: 1 hour the language, but never got the time to actually pursue her interest. Commentary: I spent one hour reviewing the alphabet with Ashley. She told me she had learned the alphabet when she was young, but wasn’t sure if she remembered it all. After polishing up her alphabet, we dove into simple vocabulary. I decided to teach Ashley sign language the same way I had learned it. Therefore, I was happy that we started off our lessons with the alphabet and simple vocabulary words, like “family” terms.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I bought supplies for my firstSaturday, 2/23/12 visual display, which will be a6:12 – 7:20 PM scrapbook of my time teaching Ashley sign language.Total time: 1 hour Commentary: I went to Michaels and bought a scrapbook, ribbons, stickers, colorful paper, and many more supplies. I also began to take pictures of my lessons with Ashley. Later on, I will get all the pictures developed. My goal is to make the scrapbook as visually attractive and creative as possible! After adding up the price of each supply, the total price tag was a little high, but my mom agreed to pay for it since it was going towards an important cause. After all, my visual display will be one of the most important parts of my senior project presentation!
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I spent an hour teaching signMonday, 3/12/12 language to Ashley.12:30 – 1:30 PM Commentary:Total time: 1 hour Today, I reviewed the alphabet and family terms with Ashley. After about 10 minutes, we were ready to create simple sentences! I taught her to sign “hello, my name is Ashley.” Also, by using the family vocabulary words, I taught Ashley to say “he is my brother”, “she is my sister”, “he is my father”, and “she is my mother.”
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I spent an hour teaching AshleyMonday, 3/19/12 “animal” and “food” vocabulary.12:30 – 1:30 PM Commentary:Total time: 1 hour After teaching Ashley how to sign various food and animal vocabulary, Ashley stated that her favorite sign out of the “animal” vocabulary was the sign for “dolphin”. Also, her favorite sign from the “food” vocabulary was “hamburger”.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I spent an hour reviewing all theThursday, 3/22/12 signs I had taught Ashley and then12:30 – 1:30 PM began to teach Ashley conversations in sign language.Total time: 1 hour Commentary: One of the most critical rules in sign language is that be-verbs, or state of being verbs, are never used. Therefore, it became a little tricky to teach Ashley to sign conversations that you would normally use be-verbs in. Nevertheless, we overcame this obstacle by practicing and Ashley got the hang of it pretty quickly!
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I went back to simpleWednesday, 3/28/12 vocabulary and taught Ashley how to12:30 – 1:30 PM sign “clothing” vocabulary terms.Total time: 1 hour Commentary: One technique that I used to teach the “clothing” signs more easily to Ashley was that I pointed to the clothing garments I wanted Ashley to sign. For example, if I wanted Ashley to sign “socks”, I would point to my socks. This technique was quite helpful and assisted both Ashley and me in understanding the signs.
Product Work LogDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Today, I reviewed all the sign languageTuesday, 4/10/12 I had taught Ashley. Instead of learning12:30 – 1:30 PM any new terms, we held simple conversations with the signs I hadTotal time: 1 hour already taught her. Commentary: Since this was the last lesson I had with Ashley, I made sure that she still remembered all the signs I had taught her a couple months ago. Although Ashley had mixed up a few of her vocabulary terms, she held simple conversations very well. When I signed “hi, how are you?” to Ashley, she immediately signed back “I’m fine”.