American Sign Language is the third most used language in the United States.

This fall at Penobscot School two levels of American Sign Language are being offered, beginning Oct. 15. Taught by Marcie Howard who is a certified Signing Time Instructor and elementary school teacher, the courses
will meet Friday mornings for eight weeks, and are for children and their

Howard first realized the benefits of teaching ASL vocabulary to
hearing children when her first son was born. “Children who
learn to sign often have increased self-esteem, learn to read more
easily and have higher test scores. We’ll learn this hands on language
through songs and activities. Come and have fun with your child and
realize the benefits of ASL vocabulary,” Howard said in a press release.

She believes that new, young families often can reduce the frustration
of miscommunication through sign language.

The courses are in two levels: for ages 6 months to 3 years at
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and for pre-schoolers, ages 3 to 6 years at 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The infant’s class will learn signs related to play, family and
food; the older group will also learn stories and songs. Tuition is
$75 per family.

For more information about this course or about the full 12-week fall semester of language classes, please call 594-1084 or visit