At Bright & Early, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to communicate, connect, and celebrate diversity. That’s why we’ve incorporated American Sign Language (ASL) into our curriculum! ASL is more than just hand gestures; it’s a powerful tool that enhances children’s overall communicative ability, strengthens their interpersonal connections, and promotes bilingualism. Here’s a closer look at how ASL plays a pivotal role in our educational approach at Bright & Early and how parents can continue this learning journey at home! 

Boosting Communication Skills 

Integrating American Sign Language into our curriculum at Bright & Early offers a unique opportunity for children to broaden their communication skills. Our teachers use basic ASL in their lessons and actively incorporate it into student interactions. This method has proven incredibly effective, as children are naturally skilled at grasping new communication methods. By using ASL alongside verbal and physical cues, children can express their needs and emotions long before their verbal skills are fully developed. This early ability to communicate decreases frustration and empowers children by enabling them to express themselves more completely and clearly.

Improving Interpersonal Connections

Another remarkable aspect of incorporating ASL into our curriculum is its positive impact on interpersonal connections. By learning sign language, children develop empathy and inclusivity as they engage with their peers who may have hearing impairments or rely on ASL as their primary means of communication. Signing becomes a shared experience that fosters understanding and deepens the connection between children. This inclusive environment extends beyond our classrooms, promoting acceptance and empathy among families and the community as a whole.

Promoting Bilingualism and Cognitive Development

Research has shown that exposure to multiple languages from a young age can enhance cognitive development and improve academic performance. ASL is considered a world language, which means that children who learn it alongside their primary verbal language are technically bilingual. Learning to sign has significant cognitive benefits as it stimulates both brain hemispheres, ultimately enhancing children’s problem-solving skills, memory acquisition, and attention to detail. By introducing ASL alongside English, Bright & Early promotes bilingualism in our students, setting the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of language diversity.

Extending ASL Learning to the Home Environment

At Bright & Early, we understand the importance of continuity between the classroom and the home environment. That’s why we provide parents with our Bright & Early ASL Chart, allowing them to extend the learning experience beyond our walls. Our ASL Chart offers the same signs used in the classroom, enabling parents to incorporate ASL into their daily routines and interactions with their children. By doing so, parents reinforce their children’s learning, strengthen the parent-child bond, and provide ongoing opportunities for language development and connection.


Incorporating ASL into our curriculum at Bright & Early goes beyond teaching a new language—it cultivates a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and bilingualism that benefits children inside and outside the classroom. As children learn to sign, they expand their communication skills, broaden their worldview, and set a solid foundation for success in the diverse and interconnected world they’re growing up in. Join us in celebrating the transformative power of sign language at Bright & Early!