Sign and Swing! on July 23

On Saturday, July 23 Black Bear Healing Home will be hosting the next free session of Sign and Swing! from 6pm-7pm at The Yellow Park in Carleton Place (intersection of Bridge Street and Thomas Street).

ASL Circle Time will begin at 6:15pm. We’ll start by reading Milk and Cookies, a story about a young bear who visits his grandparents, sees dragons in the night, and eats milk and cookies.Milk and cookies a Frank Asch Bear Story

We’ll sign Old MacDonald Had a Farm and learn some farm animal signs. Then we’ll practice signing our numbers from 1 to 20. After that there will be time for questions and discussion on the topic of ASL and signing at home. And of course the swings, play structure, and large open space will be available for free play before and after the workshop (and during, for those who prefer swinging to signing).

Weather permitting… it’s just too hard to read a book in the rain! If you’re wondering whether or not the group will be running, you can call or text Lisa at 613-558-3199. Cancellations will also be posted on Black Bear Healing Home’s blog.

All ages, all ASL levels, all welcome. Hope to see you there!

Our first free session of Sign and Swing! is July 9

Have you heard about Sign and Swing!? The first free session is this Saturday July 9 from 6pm-7pm in Carleton Place. Here’s a link with all of the info you need to know: Announcing the Launch of Sign and Swing!

For our first ASL circle time we’ll be reading the gorgeous children’s book Ten Little Caterpillars, written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Look at the pictures, watch Lisa sign the story, and experience an immersive ASL environment. All ages and all welcome!

ten little caterpillars

We’ll also sign the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star together and practice a few ASL words of the week. Then we will have an open discussion time for those who want to start signing at home. Share your experience and learn from others. Bring your questions and your advice, and any park toys you might want to share for the evening.

Hope to see you on Saturday! If you have any concerns you can reach Lisa at or 613-558-3199 (text and phone).

Announcing the Launch of Sign and Swing!

Join Black Bear Healing Home for Sign and Swing! All ages. No registration required.

6:15pm – ASL Circle Time
ASL picture book. ASL nursery rhyme. ASL words of the week.

6:30pm – Intro to Using ASL with Your Baby
What is ASL? How do I start signing? Time for questions and discussion.

Dates: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30
Time: 6pm-7pm
Where: The Yellow Park, intersection of Thomas St. and Bridge St. in Carleton Place
Who: All ages, all ASL levels, all welcome
Cost: Free!

Lessons will be held under the apple tree.
Learners can sit and sign or play and swing!

For questions contact Lisa by text or phone at 613-558-3199 or by email at