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