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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Signing at the Nutcracker | Lone Star Signers, San Antonio

This weekend, my mom and I took my oldest daughter (5) and niece (7) to The Nutcracker, courtesy of Seven Lovely Things and Ballet San Antonio. We had a wonderful time in our fancy clothes, enjoying the ambiance of the Majestic Theater.

The ballet was incredible--both the company and the symphony did an amazing job bringing the wonder and imagination of the classic story to life!

The family behind us talked through the entire show (PLEASE don't do that!), which rather undermined my whole pre-ballet speech about theater manners to my daughter. (She's a chatty extravert, you know.) Thankfully, we have a cool tool in our pockets for times like this--signing!

Addie was able to sign her thoughts about the ballet: pretty, scared, mouse (for rat). We were able to communicate that Clara was having a dream and share our thoughts about the beautiful snow and dancing candy.

She also let me know that she was thirsty and needed to use the restroom (thank goodness for a 20 minute intermission). I was able to remind her to stay quiet (despite the people behind us) and to pay attention when she started getting antsy in the second half.

It's times like these that I am so thankful to have ASL as part of our family culture. It only takes a few signs to get started! Special thanks to Veronica for hosting a great giveaway! It was a great way to kick off the Christmas season.
Clicking on the links will take you to lifeprint.com, where you can view Dr. Bill Vicars demonstrating the ASL signs.

5 comments:

  1. we went to the show the past weekend as well and it was beautiful! we also sat in front of a family of talkers and it was VERY frustrating, the parents were just as bad as the kids, if not worse!

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    1. I couldn't figure out why they were there if they planned on talking through it! The kids were older, too--3rd grade and up. Oh well!

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  2. Melissa, this is SO cool. What a wonderful way to use ASL. I loved this story!

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    1. :) It's come in handy more ways that I can count!

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  3. I love watching you sign to Addie during a quiet time ... school, church, the theater. She responds so well and knows exactly what you are saying to her! L, M

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