Do you know how to interpret and make sign languages? I have to say I didn’t until I found Sammi Signs. It’s an app designed to show kids how to make 25 sign languages that are commonly used when playing in the park, such as play, happy, and park.
Sign Language with Sammi Signs
When you start the app, a young girl named Gracie will greet you. She will introduce you to her friend, Sammi, who will show you how to make the sign languages. Gracie will call out the words one by one and wait for Sammi to sign it.
If you want Sammi to repeat what he just did, simply tap on the green arrow with the word on it. You can repeat this for as many times as you like. When you’re ready for the next word, simply swipe left and have Gracie announce the next word. To give you an idea, here are some other words that Sammi will show: bee, bird, butterfly, cloud, hot, rain, rainbow, sun, thirsty, and tree.
Once you’ve gone through a full cycle, you can test your knowledge by taking the word quiz. The quiz will show Sammi performing one word, and you have to guess which word he’s trying to say. Simply choose one from the three options provided by the app.
Parents Need to Know
Sammi Signs uses a cartoon character named Sammi to teach kids how to use sign language. I think this approach is more appealing to kids compared to most YouTube videos that are performed by adults.
The app works great without Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. Kids ages 3+ should be able to get the most out of the app.
Things I Like
Instead of trying to tackle a whole bunch of sign language words and phrases with one app, Sammi Signs focuses on the ones that fit into the context of the primary activity in this app, that is, playing in the park. If you search on the Internet, you may find other videos that show you 100 first words that your kids should learn. But it wouldn’t be easy when compared to learning words that fit into a single context, like what Sammi Signs shows here.
After learning with this app, I found out that learning to mimic can be quite difficult. That’s why I appreciate the way Sammi Signs allows you to see an animation of how the sign is made and to repeat that process over and over again. By playing the mini quiz, I learned that interpreting sign language is relatively easier than making a sign. So, when your kids are having difficulty in making the signs, there’s no need to worry, because at the very least they would be able to interpret them.
Sign language is a new topic for my family, but I think it’s a great subject to learn. I wish that sign language can be universal, but nonetheless I’m grateful that this app has taught my sons and I the basics of the American sign language. If you think it’s a good idea for you and your kids to start learning sign language, I’d recommend you start with Sign Language with Sammi Signs.
App was suggested to us.