A First Guide to Baby Signing (Amazing Baby) Spiral-bound – 28 Mar 2008
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It has clear sections with tabs - so they are easy to navigate to - for each topic, such as food and drink, outdoors, people, and animals. It has lovely black and white photos as well as written instructions showing you how to make each sign and they are all very well explained and easy to do from the diagrams. The book is also illustrated in colour which nicely adds to the photographs.
It is spiral bound and has a plastic cover. I would say this is a good book to lend to babysitters or family members who would find it helpful when your baby is young if he or she is signing.
It also includes a sign for potty/toilet, making it a great companion for parents doing elimination communication.
Good points: Beautifully illustrated, durable, easy to follow and has a good selection of starter signs.
Bad points: A little big to be carried around 24/7, doesn't have many advanced signs in.
Overall: Fantastic for those who want a quick reference guide or a starting point.
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As a language expert at Play on Words, I see parents increasingly interested in teaching sign language to their babies. Sign language provides babies with a way to communicate with hand movements long before their vocal mechanism is ready to say words. Allowing babies and toddlers to express their needs and wants earlier, relieves frustration and gives us a peek into their thoughts and desires.
The author's expertise accounts for the simple but accurate information and inclusion of important tips such as making sure family members and care givers can recognize and use signs too since the purpose is to provide a means for your child to communicate. Her tip to keep background noise to a minimum correlates with research that says babies learn language better in a quiet environment, since they have a harder time distinguishing foreground and background sounds.
The yummy colors and kid-friendly graphics surround captivating pictures of babies and moms signing 44 basic words divided into ten categories from "starter signs" relating to your child's basic needs of hunger and thirst, to "indoor", "outdoor" and "evening" signs. The categories of signs as well as the sequence in which they are introduced are based on language learning while individual signs were chosen to link to earliest speech sounds and words spoken. Step-by-step photographs make learning easy and fun.
Grab this inviting manual and start signing with your child. Your reward will be a gesture of "I love you" far before your child can say the words.
The description above says - great for small hands for handling- maybe the other books in their series- not this one, careful with the toddler- you may get pages ripped out here!
There are about 58 signs to learn here. They are organized with tabs to find easily AND has a great index in the back. It is missing a few signs I wanted to learn and teach as "bike", "bubbles" and "blanket"....but you can't have it all! I wish it was in a three-ring binder format and that one can buy additional pages/sets to use/learn if they continue with signing.
If you are serious about the child learning signs- imo- DVDs are great in addition to books! I am also watching "baby signing times" with my non-verbal toddler- visual DVDs are SO helpful!
Overall- great book!