Five-year-old Claire Koch learned American Sign Language (ASL) as her first language. Born to two deaf parents, Claire instinctively did what any other KODA (Kid of Deaf Adult) would do during her kindergarten class’s holiday concert: she signed along with the music.
Many of the other children were using hand motions to go along with the catchy tunes, but Claire’s hand motions were ASL, including spelling out S-A-N-T-A in a Christmas version of B-I-N-G-O (and Bingo was his name-o) and Rudolph’s name in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Claire’s parents weren’t expecting this and they were surprised and delighted. Said Lori, Claire’s mother:
I, myself, haven’t been able to stop watching the video!
Be sure and watch closely at “Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel” at 2:35. Priceless! Besides being so completely adorable, bear in mind, as you watch, that Claire brought this concert to life for her parents, which is something that they’d otherwise not have been able to take for granted. Enjoy.