Kindergarten Girl Performs Holiday Concert in Sign Language for her Deaf Parents. {Video}

Via Jennifer S. White
on Dec 14, 2013
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I recently attended my toddler’s school holiday program, so I can officially vouch for how darling these productions are in real life.

However, nothing quite prepared me for this video.

In it, five-year-old Claire Koch is captured using ASL to sign “Santa is his Name-O”—sung to the tune of “Bingo was his name-o”—so that her parents could understand the lyrics.

Claire’s mother Lori Koch told Yahoo News, via email, that she wasn’t expecting her daughter to sign during the concert. “The regular kids used generic hand motions while my daughter chose to use sign language, to our surprise,” she said.

Koch said that she can read lips and speak and sign, while her husband, who is also deaf, uses only sign language. “ASL is the first language in our home, so our daughter has been exposed to it since birth,” she said.

Koch also complimented her daughter’s signing abilities, joking that she “is a much better interpreter than Nelson’s fake one.”

And thankfully for us, Claire’s proud mom recorded it all.


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About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


One Response to “Kindergarten Girl Performs Holiday Concert in Sign Language for her Deaf Parents. {Video}”

  1. laurakutney says:

    OMG—I am in love with that little girl. Gotta love her facial expressions too! What a character. Her parents are surely very proud! Thanks for bringing this story to us Jennifer! xo, Laura