Because their vocabularies haven’t yet caught up with their thoughts and emotions, young children often struggle to communicate. Sign language can help them express themselves effectively to adults and peers—without the emotional outbursts caused by frustration!
Simple Signing with Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers, rev. ed. features the latest research to equip educators and caregivers with the tools and resources to teach young learners how to effectively communicate. This user-friendly instruction manual will help teachers and caregivers:
“Carol Murray is explicit in reinforcing the value of using sign language in the early childhood classroom. Alternative ways to communicate assists young children with their messages when they are just learning the turn taking language of communication. All the resources you need are at your fingertips to quickly and easily get the important classroom signs under your belt. Language common to any early childhood classroom such as lineup, sad, angry, thank you, etc. is included and encourages teachers to use signs with students in a way that enhances their relationship. The children in my three-year-old class feel armed when they can tell others with a firm sign of stop or no or feel genuine kindness when their teacher signs thank you, or good work. Murray's book is the perfect resource for any early childhood program.”
Lenae Madonna, MS Ed
Head Teacher PreK 3 Leman Manhattan Preparatory School
“Simple Signing for Young Children is an excellent resource for pre-service teachers, as well as experienced teachers looking to enrich their teaching practices. Clear, descriptive text along with photographs provide an effective means for teachers to teach themselves and the children meaningful signs easily used in daily interactions. The background material connects child development, curriculum and teaching strategies interwoven with reflective practices to foster intentional teaching. The book offers sections focusing on typically developing infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as those with special needs. Incorporating simple signing in any early childhood program will enhance the program and this book makes signing accessible to all levels of teachers. I recommend adding this book to resource collection.”
Early Childhood Instructor, Dutchess Community College
“Carol Garboden Murray holds a master's degree in special education and early childhood development. She has worked with young children and families for many years as a teacher and program director. She is the founder of the Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley and is the educational director of the Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School at Bard College in Annandale on Hudson, New York. Now in a newly revised edition of "Simple Signing with Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create an instructive compendium and resource for teachers and parents working with very young children whose vocabularies have not yet caught up with their thoughts and emotions, preschool aged children who are often struggling to communicate. Sign language can help them express themselves effectively to adults and peers without the emotional outbursts caused by frustration! Unique, effective, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Simple Signing with Young Children" is confidently and unreservedly recommended for daycare center, school district, college, and university Childhood Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.”