Talk to Me Baby!: How You Can Support Young Children's Language Development / Edition 1

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Overview


Playful, engaging talk with young children is much more than a social activity: it's the foundation of language, intellectual, and social-emotional development, and it's also the key to narrowing the achievement gap between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Now there's a practical, easy-to-read guidebook that shows professionals and parents how to talk to and play with young children in ways that directly support their emerging language skills.

With passion, warmth, and wisdom, early education expert Betty Bardige takes readers on a fascinating tour through six stages in a young child's language development&starting with the "baby babbles"of infancy and ending with the early literacy skills of the preschool and kindergarten years. For each stage, readers will

  • boost language skills with fun and easy activities that build on children's natural curiosity
  • get specific, research-based tips on how to talk to children of diverse backgrounds and temperaments, from encouraging their first words to answering their questions
  • tune into the questions children ask and the stories they tell—with and without words
  • understand the typical milestones of language development
  • explore the language challenges children might encounter and how to help
  • help bilingual children develop skills in both languages
  • select playful, age-appropriate books, songs, and poems to share and enjoy together
  • build communities that support every child's language development, as well as their emotional security, confidence, and overall healthy development
A lively, compelling read, this book includes vivid examples of successful adult-child interactions, accessible summaries of what the latest studies say about language development, and a helpful study guide perfect for individual study or group trainings.

Essential reading for all early childhood professionals—and a must to share with parents of infants and young children—Talk to Me, Baby! will support interactions that capture children's imagination, strengthen communicative confidence, and build a framework for lasting success in school.
See which domain of school readiness in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework this book addresses.

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Editorial Reviews

May/June 2010 SEN Magazine

"The style is engaging and encourages the reader to dip in and out rather than to read through...This is an excellent book, with a wealth of resources and ideas."

Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Senior Scientist, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, The Univers - Betty Hart

"A wealth of good ideas for things to do with children . . . The chapters on learning to read are among the best a reader is likely to find."

A research-based practical response to increasing young children's vocabulary, particularly useful in helping to assure - Andrea DeBruin-Parecki

"A research-based practical response to increasing young children's vocabulary, particularly useful in helping to assure a more positive trajectory for poor children than that determined by the well-known Hart and Risley study."

Professor of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University - Laura Justice

"A must have for all adults who interact regularly with young children. Betty Bardige has a real knack for making complex developmental concepts accessible to all of us!"

Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Professor, College of Education, Arizona State University - Billie J. Enz

"A significant contribution to the field of early childhood and language development . . . beautifully integrated theory, research and practice through vignettes and examples."

Midwest Book Review

"With plenty of activities that one can do with their child to spur their natural talent for speech..."Talk to Me, Baby!" is a strong choice for parents and community library parenting collections."

NAEYC Young Children

"Bardige captures the excitement of the language-learning process . . . one of the most comprehensive and practical books in recent years on children's development of language."

From the Publisher

"The style is engaging and encourages the reader to dip in and out rather than to read through...This is an excellent book, with a wealth of resources and ideas."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557669773
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 407,840
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword
Joanne Knapp-Philo
Preface
Acknowledgments

  1. The Power of Play Talk
  2. Baby Babbles: Birth–1.5 Years
  3. First Words, First Stories: 10 Months–2.5Years
  4. Off Like a Rocket:1.5&–2.5 Years
  5. What Will They Think of Next? 2.5–5 Years
  6. From Language to Literacy: 4–6+ Years
  7. Building Languagemdash;Supporting Communities

References
Resources for Parents and Providers
Talk to Me, Baby! Study Guide
Worksheets and Handouts for Practictioners and Parent/Teacher Educators
Index

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