Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling – A Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers
My son just turned three. It is nothing short of amazing to watch the growth of your child verbally as he transforms from those infant soft coos to engaging (and often hilarious) lines of questioning. But there were so many points along the journey that I was uncertain, and sometimes even worried, that he was behind where he should be — maybe I wasn’t doing enough as a parent to stimulate his language skills. Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling – A Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers is a wonderful guide for those moments where we wonder what “should be” when it comes to our children and the world of language.
Authors, Kenn Apel, PhD., CCC-SLP and Julie Masterson, PhD., CCC-SLP, do a great job of simply sharing the road of language for a child and the efforts parents can make (and likely are often already making) to pave a successful path. The book has been updated from its original version to include:
- Two new chapters and a larger age range of children (birth through elementary school) — focusing on literacy milestones and development
- Information regarding current technology (television, cell phones phones, computers, texting, and apps)
- A dive into fads that claim to increase language and literacy development
- And, updated references and resources
To give you a quick sense of what this book offers, my son recently started preschool — so I was drawn to Chapter 4: Preparing for Written Language: Setting Your Preschooler on the Right Path. The chapter outlines simple ways that parents help guide their children in language — showing that really by age 4, your child is soon considered adult-like in the complexity of sentence structure and language interaction in which he engages. The chapter goes on to talk about social language, storytelling skills and knowledge about print (the foundation for developing reading and writing skills). The chapter really solidified for me that 1) children are sponges that are constantly learning 2) I miss a lot of milestones that my kiddo is making because I don’t realize how really profound some of the little things are to my child successfully growing in his language skills and 3) I don’t give myself enough credit for the daily activities and efforts I make to help my child understand the world of language (reading the letters on a box of cereal, having my child check items off a grocery list, reading to him (and letting him “read” to me), sharing new words and explaining what they mean, etc. — this stuff all matters, a lot).
I think this book is a great resource and I am glad it is within arms reach as my child grows.
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