Solution Name: Improving Listening Skills
Listening comprehension is the ability to understand the meaning of words heard and to then be able to relate to them in some way. For example, when a child hears a story, listening comprehension allows them to understand it, remember it, talk about it, and even retell it in their own words.
Listening comprehension is more than hearing what is said, it involves the following:
the ability to take in information
the ability to respond to instructions
the ability to share ideas, thoughts and opinions
1. Get the child’s full attention. Encourage the child to look at you when they listen. Full attention is important, and this gets the child into the habit of giving their full attention to what’s being said.
2. Make reading an interactive activity. While reading aloud, stop before turning the page and ask, “What do you think will happen next?” Ask the child to explain the answer to see how well they’ve been listening. If they haven’t been listening, avoid criticizing and instead, aim to get them into a fun habit of predicting what will happen next.
3. Play listening games. Games like Simon Says helps the child build listening comprehension skills in a fun and rewarding way. Make up listening games at home. For example, ask the child to find objects around the house by giving them two-part verbal instructions, then gradually progress to three-part and four-part.
4. Play “story chain”. This is a fun activity that the whole family can play together. Have one person start an original story by saying one line (e.g. “Once upon a time there was a man who went to the grocery store”). Then go around in a circle so that each person contributes a sentence to the story.
5. Place an emphasis on common speech signals. Help the child listen out for important cues by placing an emphasis on common speech signals when you talk. These could include words like first, then, next and last.
6. Help the child to build vocabulary. Children can get stuck on a word they don’t understand and end up missing the rest of what’s being said. Use books, games, flashcards, charts to build vocabulary.
7. Be a good listener too. Avoid interrupting the child when they are talking and show them that you’re listening to what they have to say. Give positive indicators like nodding, smiling, saying supporting words, and following up with questions or elaborating on what they have said to show interest.
8. Remember that most young children have short attention spans. Don’t expect your child to process information if it is lengthy, out of context, or not particularly interesting to them. Focus on building learning comprehension skills in a fun and supportive way and remember to always be patient. (Source Reading Eggspress)
Choose books that your child shows interest.
Pete The Cat
Apples to Apples
Sequence for Kids