Cute schoolgirl signs Christmas songs as kindergarten class sings so her deaf parents can enjoy the show
- Five-year-old from Florida used sign language during school concert
- Proud mother posted video of show amid criticism of Mandela sign language interpreter
By Jessica Jerreat
PUBLISHED: 01:09 EST, 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 01:21 EST, 12 December 2013
A five-year-old girl who signed during her kindergarten Christmas concert in Florida so her deaf parents wouldn't miss out has melted hearts across the U.S.
Claire Koch can be seen singing as she uses finger spelling and signing to match the lyrics of popular carols such as Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer and Jingle Bells.
Proud mother Lori, who is hearing impaired, posted the cute video to YouTube after reading about claims that a sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial was a fake.
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Christmas spirit: Claire Loch signs the words to Jingle Bells for her deaf parents
Enthusiastic: Five-year-old Claire sang and signed to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer during the kindergarten concert
In a tweet earlier today, Mrs Koch said: 'My five-year-old signed even better for her deaf parents in an xmas show.'
The video quickly went viral and had more than 100,000 hits as viewers watched little Claire enthusiastically signing to a series of Christmas songs.
Claire's parents, who are both deaf, decided to put the video on YouTube after watching the poor performance of the Mandela sign language interpreter.
'It became obvious he was making things up. He was repeating the same hand movements so it was obvious he was a fake,' Mrs Koch told Fox 13.
Proud: Claire with her parents Thomas and Lori, who are both deaf
Festive cheer: Lori Koch tweeted about her daughter's performance amid criticism over the Mandela memorial interpreter
Singing along: Claire signs the lyrics to Santa is his name-O
Natural: Claire, seen here during a rendition of I Have a Little Driedel, was praised for her American Sign Language abilities
Her husband, Thomas, added: 'It was just totally deflating for deaf people, like saying deaf people are not important. This is a famous man who did so much for many people.'
During the video of their daughter's school concert, the other children were doing hand actions for the songs, but Claire stood out from the crowd as she used American Sign Language.
'I, myself, haven’t been able to stop watching the video,' Mrs Koch told Buzzfeed.
The mother-of-two, who was born profoundly deaf, wasn't taught American Sign Language until she was about 10 so her little girl is well on the way to being a top signer.[embedded content]
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