If I decide to take up a new hobby, or learn something new, I go ALL IN.
I don’t just watch a few videos, or buy a book.
I watch ALL the videos, purchase at least 4 courses, buy a handful of kindle books and another shelf full of physical books.
Then comes the equipment.
I research for days the best equipment for that hobby. And then I buy as much of it as I can.
Praying that the UPS guy comes when the husband isn’t home. 😬
If you think I’m bad, you should see my brother. Ha!
Anyway, it’s safe to say that I am hell bent on learning it, and learning it all as fast as I can. I LIVE to learn new things.
I also NEED to have all my supplies ready to go, in one place, and organized, so that I can tackle it the right way from the beginning.
Since I myself am a teacher of sign language, I’m betting that many of my students (YOU) feel the same… or close to the same. Maybe not as psychotic about it, but at least, on the same page (or sentence).
If you’re taking one of my ASL courses (a full course, a mini course, or a masterclass), these supplies will help you get all your ducks in a row, ready to catapult to the next level.
These items aren’t required to complete the courses, but they will come in handy. Especially during those times when you’re ready to practice, but don’t have all your things organized so you decide to go eat cookies instead.
I have spent the last several months updating all my courses, creating new mini courses and learning resources, and getting everything organized so that everyone who visits can find exactly what they need.
I have about 17 listings as of the date of this writing, and I hope to add to the shop each and every month, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for quite yet, don’t worry! I have more coming soon! (And I’ll still be offering plenty of free goodies as well– woohoo!)
MY FAVORITE COURSE SUPPLIES
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Here are my favorite supplies, in no particular order.
I know you know how much I LOVE this dictionary, and it’s true. I do. It’s still my all-time favorite ASL dictionary.
Gallaudet has another dictionary, which I think is excellent as well, but I believe everyone should start with the Children’s dictionary first. The layout of the dictionary is very user friendly, the images are clear and easy to understand (which is often the worst part of ASL dictionaries) and the signs are all accurate. Which is another hard thing to find.
Once you master the Children’s dictionary, then you’re ready to move on to the non-children’s version.
With each of my courses, I provide workbooks, guides, or worksheets. You’ll want to have a place to keep all of these so that when it’s time to read over a lesson, complete an assignment, or sit down to practice you’re ready to go.
If you’re in multiple courses, you’ll either want a binder for each course, or just use some snazzy dividers to break up the course work so that you never lose a worksheet or get them all mixed up with one another.
Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to enroll in lots of courses because, hello, you’re prepared for them now! 😆
Organize your flashcards
If you’re using flashcards, as I teach in ASL in Five and ASL Done Right Vol 1 Flashcards, you’ll want some supplies for that as well.
If you’re in those two programs, these ARE mandatory for success.
You’ll need an index card box and dividers.
You can buy one of these sets to make it easy:
You can get a smaller case for traveling. This is a fantastic option for taking your cards in your purse, backpack, or luggage for when you’re out an about, but still want to practice your ASL.
You can use each box for a different section.
For ASL in Five, you can use one per term. For Vol 1 Flashcards, you can break it up by vocabulary & sentences, or by units.
Or you can grab the box and cards separately, if you don’t like any of the ready made sets there are out there.
Tracking your progress
I firmly believe in tracking progress and effort, but more importantly, to have a plan and action steps laid out so that you have something to track in the first place.
It’s one thing to say you want to learn ASL and jump right in, but another to say, okay, I’m going to learn AND I’m going to make a plan (and still jump right in).
It’s like a treasure map. You don’t know how to navigate to the treasure if you don’t know where you’re starting.
Because I firmly believe in goal setting, plan making, and tracking, I created the ASL Goal Planner & Tracker.
Get your materials printed
My courses have been updated recently, and most of the workbooks and manuals are fillable on your devices, so you don’t HAVE to print them out.
I personally, do better when I have tactile materials in front of me and can read off of paper rather than a digital device. It’s weird, but if I’m learning something, I do much better when it’s on paper and not my tablet or computer.
So, I bust out my trusty printer.
Here’s a few good ones, including the laser printer I own.
These printers qualify for Instant Ink, which is pretty dang sweet. Okay, the laser printer’s program is called Dash Ink, but seriously, it’s the same idea, just different name for different types of ink.
If you want to print in color a lot, these are your best bets. Excellent pricing on the ink, and it’s sent to your door on the regular. No more going to the printer and realizing that you’re out of ink.
Which is what mine always says.
Even though my workbooks are in color, and all the other workbooks I buy for various reasons (kids, business, etc) are in color as well, you can bet your boots I only print in black and white. You can as well.
I love my printer, but I’m going to be honest, I am always low on toner. It’s probably because I haven’t enrolled in Dash Ink for my laser printer (doh), so I send my big orders out to a place like Office Depot or Staples. Really, any place that prints on demand will do.
So if you’re like, “dude, I’m not buying a printer,” then either bum off some prints from someone else (haha), or send the PDF to the shop to be printed.
If you’re using flashcards, the ASL Alphabet Flashcards, or playing games using either Master the ASL Alphabet or ASL Summer Camp, you may want to laminate your goods to protect them and give them longevity for lots of use.
Of course, you’ll want some pencils, pens, and highlighters to take notes with and draw stick figures to help you remember signs you’re learning, but I’m just going to assume you have those.
If you’re wanting additional help with ASL grammar, I’ve got an awesome workbook you’ll love. Perfect for beginners and intermediates.
support your asl learning
Learning ASL is no small feat.
It’s best done with others and with support from someone who’s been there, knows what you’re going through, and knows what you need.
These are two of my favorite ASL course supplies.
Feedback videos are a chance for you to get one on one feedback on your signing ability from me.
You send me a video of you signing, and I evaluate it, take copious notes, and then make a video of me evaluating your entire video, step-by-step, with feedback, suggestions, and action steps for you to take.
You can check it out here —>