This week our Reading story was called "Meet Rosina" by George Ancona. It was about a girl who is deaf and uses sign language to communicate at school and with her family. We have a sign language alphabet poster and several books in our classroom to go with this story. The children have been excited to practice the alphabet in sign language and learn how to spell their own names. This morning we were invited into Mrs. Pytleski's classroom for a special guest speaker. Jill Jansma came to share her knowledge about sign language.We learned that she became interested in ASL when she was in 2nd grade, babysat for a small child from her hometown that was deaf, and went to Augustana College to learn more about teaching sign language. She used to be a teacher at a deaf school in Sioux Falls and enjoys interpreting. The children were very interested in learning how to sign words such as: yes, no, hello, goodbye, friend, mother, father, grandma, grandpa, sister, brother, teacher, pencil, bathroom, drink, juice, calm down, quiet, relax, please, thank you, sorry, and Jill's personal favorite....turtle. Thanks for being an inspiration to us today, Jill. Sign language sure is interesting!