Children are able to communicate by signing before they develop the skills necessary for speech. By teaching simple sign language to children from as young as eight months, we can help them to convey their emotions and their needs. When children begin to talk, having sign language to fall back on provides a comforting safety net. Favorite nursery rhymes and songs, with babies and toddlers, signing and miming along.
A child’s language development is strongly influenced by the close sharing of well-known songs and rhymes, and actions and movement aid coordination. Motor skills are closely related to language skills. Encouraging action through rhymes will aid language development.
These books keep this valuable oral tradition alive, with the added benefit of encouraging actions through mime and ASL signs.