“Oh the Thinks You Can Think”

“Oh the Thinks You Can Think”

Yup… Dr. Seuss.
Revered by all educators and parents everywhere, Dr. Seuss is a legend. Right?
But… have you ever tried to sign a Dr. Seuss story in ASL? Now that’s a different story. I would balk at trying to translate any Dr. Seuss story into ASL. Attempting to translate the rhyme and the nonsense words was pointless to me. The books that tell actual stories: Horton Hears a Who, etc. would get my best ASL story telling skills, but the rhyme never translated. Being hearing myself, I always felt like my kids were missing out on something. Something I had no way to give them….
 
Until I found “Hands Land: ASL Rhymes & Rhythms.” This project is underway and is creating great resources for deaf children. I love their translation of Dr. Seuss’ “Hop On Pop”. It inspired me. When I saw our copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” I knew I had to try my hand at reading it to my kids.
It was an instant success! My 20 month old was copying the signs with me from the 2nd page, learning 2 new signs the first time I read it. When my older children arrived home, I had them sit down so I could sign it to them. They, of course, helped me add and revise the translation. It was so fun!
Hope you enjoy the video! And the next time you pick up a Dr. Seuss book… just Think of all the Thinks you Can Think – and start signing away!