So adorable! A 5-year-old girl skipped out on the choreography of her kindergarten holiday concert so that she could enthusiastically sing, sign, and fingerspell the spirited lyrics to songs so her hearing impaired parents could enjoy the show! See the amazing video, here.
Claire Koch is giving us so many reasons to smile this holiday season: the 5-year-old Florida kindergartener honored her parents, who are both deaf, by signing with real ASL along to the lyrics of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Was His Name-O,” and more Christmas hits during her school’s concert — because she didn’t want her parents to miss out on the holiday fun!
Girl Signs Holiday Concert: Claire Koch Honors Parents With ASL
Claire’s parents were shocked that their daughter chose to use real American Sign Language to accompany her performance instead of the choreographed hand movements of the school show, and proudly filmed her performance for YouTube.
“The regular kids used generic hand motions while my daughter chose to use sign language, to our surprise,” mom Lori Koch told Yahoo! News. “ASL is the first language in our home, so our daughter has been exposed to it since birth,” she said, while explaining that she is able to read lips, speak, and sign while her husband only signs.
Girl’s Adorable Signing Video Goes Viral
Claire’s mom was prompted to share her daughter’s video when news broke that the sign language interpreter assigned to Nelson Mandela‘s funeral services was not following an understandable system of signing. Lori tweeted:
— Lori Koch (@lpkoch) December 11, 2013
Claire’s adorable performance was so awesome that it quickly went viral. In fact, even deaf actress Marlee Matlin discovered the performance, and shared it on Twitter:
This is too cute. Can you spot the child who has Deaf parents in Kindergarten Holiday Concert? http://t.co/uYbCOnBmfY
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 11, 2013
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Are you touched by Claire’s performance?
– Kristine Hope Kowalski