Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Can you hear me now?

Listening is such an important skill for children to acquire. Among other areas, it plays a vital role in language development, conversation skills, and academic success. When you speak, your baby probably listens intently while studying your face. Allow time for him to respond back. This will help him understand a conversation involves both listening and speaking. In Kindermusik class, we listen to a variety of sounds and label what they are. Focused listening activities like this help children practice tuning out distractions while interpreting and understanding one sound. You can play this game at home too. Take your baby or older child on a sound scavenger hunt. What sounds can you identify? Be sure to try to mimic the sounds for some added language development. I look forward to "hearing" all about the sounds you find!

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