For two weeks during the summer, a language camp offers kids an introduction to the world by showing them the basics of world languages, including sign language.
The Frederick County, Maryland public schools “Taste of the World” program hosted roughly 100 children each day for two weeks, learning basic conversational pieces, colors, and numbers. The classes are only open to rising third and fourth graders, but DeWayne Cash, the school system curriculum specialist for world languages hopes to expand the age range.
Songs were one means of teaching the children language phrases fast. They learned songs in German and french, and learned to sign “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.
Language classes are not available in Frederick County Public Schools until middle school, so offering the children a chance to explore new languages early may well encourage future study. The languages covered at the camp are American Sign Language, Spanish, German, Latin, French and Russian.