Originally Posted by GrendelQ
Who is saying its time to stop? Or "if you don't want to use ASL" -- are you referring to someone you know who doesn't? Or to me, bc I'm looking for advancement, not stopping. Knock that chip off your shoulder and READ carefully what I'm posting here: I'm asking for advice from this community, from people who have learned ASL, teach it, or whose families have found a way to learn, for ways they found to really do it (and what NOT to do) , not for how to start doing it or how to dabble in it, but how to make the language acquisition deep and meaningful and thorough enough to really make a difference in my child's life.
I'm recognizing a sudden shift in where her learning is advancing, and diagnosing that as resulting from where we, her parents are stronger (English vs. ASL) rather than what others might see as her own preference for English over ASL. If I'm shifting to telling a story in English because I know the words for stallion, mare, colt, foal, seafoam, allosaurus, etc. in English and can only dumb it down to daddy horse, mama horse, baby horse, splash water, fat dinosaur in ASL, she's going to pick up on that in a way that might not be conducive to appreciating both languages equally, and her ASL vocabulary will not grow as rapidly as her English vocabulary is.
I see this happening, but it was not our intention to shift from ASL as primary to English as primary as is occurring, and I'm looking to maintain her ASL development in the home. How is it lazy to be assessing this, and, in addition to continuing formal classes, to look to people who have learned the language for practical advice on how they did it?