Joseph Garcia's Fingerspelling Book has jump-started my 6yr old daughter's interest in sign language in a fun and creative way. First of all, labeling sign language as fingerspelling gives her the context that she's using her fingers to make letters. Second, the story gives a fun way to practice. She spends at least five minutes dwelling on each page as the illustration is so detailed, creative and colorfully unique. The practice at the end is fun, and gives her confidence to practice on her own. We have a place mat that shows the alphabet, and since she's been spending time with Fingerspelling, she's been using that place mat more, and even showing her friends how to spell their names and sight words. Fingerspelling has been a bright and educational addition to our home library!
Cressey, Washington State
(Submitted May 7, 2019)
Wow, Wow, Wow! Yesterday I attended Dr. Garcia's "Baby Sing Language Workshop"; WOW!! I can't begin to express how much I appreciate Dr. Garcia's books and workshops! For those of you who may not know, Dr. Garcia was the first person (in the world!) to suggest that babies are happier knowing signs before they're physically able to speak. Makes perfect sense to me! Babies who can express their needs and wants, problem-solve and communicate, these babies are happier. And so are parents!
If you're a parent that cares deeply about your baby, I strongly encourage you to find a Dr. Garcia workshop near you or purchase his outstanding book (dvd included) "Dr. Garcia's Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language".
Ahead of you is that first beautiful moment when your baby communicates to you with language: maybe it will be the sign for "LOVE" or "DAD" or "MOM" . Your family journey - of sharing the wonders of this exciting world together through language - begins!
Educator, homeschool parent, librarian Cynthia