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Tressa Azpiri


Tressa Azpiri is the founder and lead teacher of the Puddle Stompers preschool and kindergarten program on Vashon Island, in Washington, where she has provided a high-quality early childhood program for more than twenty years. Her goals as an educator have always been to teach children in a loving and safe environment, to provide days bursting with adventure and joy, and to meet each child,s developmental needs. She has a degree in early childhood education from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and American Sign Language (ASL) training from Seattle Central Community College and the Washington School for the Deaf. Tressa and Kirsten Dennis co-authored an ASL curriculum for hearing students in the Redleaf Press book Sign to Learn. The integration of ASL into her curriculum has helped Tressa provide a calm and stable environment where hearing children are motivated, engaged, focused, and excited to learn. The use of ASL in her classroom has enriched her program and touched the hearts of her students. Publications: Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom (Redleaf Press, 2005)

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  • Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom

    Authors: Kirsten Dennis, Tressa Azpiri
    Product Code: 413001
    ISBN: 978-192961069-3

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    Everyone is talking about signing with young children. As a form of early communication for infants and toddlers, or as a transitioning tool for children just beginning to speak, the benefits of signing with hearing children are endless.

    Sign to Learn is the first complete introduction to sign language curriculum for hearing preschoolers. In this unique resource, you will learn how to integrate American Sign Language (ASL) into your classroom to enhance the academic, social, and emotional development of children, and how to respectfully introduce children to Deaf culture.

    This comprehensive, fully illustrated curriculum contains captivating activities and lesson plans grouped by themes, including feelings, food, seasons, animals, songs, and families. Sign to Learn also contains strategies for using sign language with children with special needs and in multilingual classrooms; it also describes how ASL can assist you in developing a literacy program and in managing your classroom.

    Information-rich appendices include a thorough ASL illustration index, sample letters to families, and resources for further reading. Age Focus: 0-6. Softbound, 208 pgs.

    "Sign to Learn will enable other hearing teachers without a sign language background to begin implementing the beautiful and visual language of ASL and to begin understanding Deaf culture with a fresh, innovative perspective."
    -Billy Seago, Director, Deaf Youth Drama Program, Seattle Children's Theatre