I teach young learners English as a second language.
After reading Baby Signing with Rollo Bear, I can teach my groups of pre-learners, starters and young learner all the basic building blocks: the alphabet, colors, days of the week...with signing to bridge the language barrier and to help accelerate classroom learning. This book gives me materials. I can adapt for the bear puppet, I already use in class to help elicit speech from the students. Now Rollo has taught my bear new tricks. Baby signing is a new tool for the classroom. And also at home with my granddaughters. They are at that age between baby and school where they have a frustrating time communicating their thoughts and needs. For a parent (or grandparent) and child to be able to communicate well, creates a bonding experience. Children who have their needs met are less frustrated, cry less and have accelerated verbal language skills and show an interest in books from an early age.
Baby signing With Rollo Bear should be included with the gift products sample packs given to mothers of newborns in the hospital. And included in kindergarten training programs. And as a coursebook and reference book for ESL teachers. Of all the resources for young children I have read this year, this would be my must read choice. A brilliant book, well written, beautifully illustrated. I highly recommend it to all Mum's dad's grandparents, teachers and caregivers of children.