Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hellen Keller

Bear has been interested in sign language lately because I've gotten some good sign language teaching videos from the library. A couple of weeks ago, I got a video on Hellen Keller from our church library - just a 30 minute cartoon video that I thought she might find interesting. She really enjoyed it, so I got "The Miracle Worker" (starring Patty Duke) from the library so that she could a live actor portraying Hellen Keller. (Patty Duke did an amazing job in that movie!)

We watched it and then last Friday we did an "experiment" so that Bear could get an idea of what it was like. I got some heavy duty earplugs and stopped up her ears, put a towel over her eyes, and put a band-aid over her mouth, and then watched her as she maneuvered around the house. The most interesting thing from MY standpoint was watching her imitate Patty Duke from the movie - patting things with an open palm, banging her laundry basket on the table when she encountered it in her room. I led her outside and let her explore the backyard, which was neat. Since there weren't walls to run her hand along she was much more careful as she walked. She peeked a couple of times :) but stayed true to "character" for the most part. Afterwards, I made an audio recording about her experience, but the best way she could describe it was "weird"! (I guess we need to work on the vocabulary!)

1 comment:

Sherri said...

What a great idea. We haven't studied her yet. I love sign language and have taught myself a lot of it...a lot of Christian songs. However, I haven't done it in a while and am forgetting it. I really would love my kids to know it.
Your slide thing popped up this time. I like where you put it. If someone doesn't scroll down to the older post on mine, they will miss it. Way to go!!