For the Love of Books....
We have always signed as we read to our children. It was so exciting to see, as they grew, their involvement in reading increase. Beginning with expressing their desire to read, with the sign for "book," to making a request for a specific book with a sign for "jump" or "dog" or something to describe the book of choice... to eventually taking books off the shelves themselves and independently "reading out loud" as they signed what they saw from page to page.
Our children's love for books has continued to grow. They are active readers, in school and for pleasure. Now and then, if they struggle with the pronounciation or the meaning of a new word while reading, finger spelling it or signing it provides a concrete visual tool for them to more easily grasp and remember the new word.
Some Favorites: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton; Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumbs a Dr. Suess Book; Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, two classics for kids; and also the Baby Fingers: Teaching Your Baby to Sign Board Book Series. My children especially love the first one, as they are in it!
I hope your family can share our love for books!