Help with Listening Skills

Children need to develop strategies to effectively and efficiently remember auditory information to learn, especially in kindergarten.  Active listening needs to be taught so learners become responsible for success; it is not a passive experience.

Many times as teachers, we feel that students have difficulties "listening" and we spend so much time telling them to listen!  They may need to be taught how to do this important skill!
How do you teach students to listen?
Blog from Teach Magically about Active Listening

1st-Establish "rules" for active listening!


  • body still (hug body)
  • voice quiet (pointer finger to lips)
  • eyes looking at the speaker (point to eyes)
  • ears listening to what is being said (not what you know about a topic) (cup ears)
  • ignore background noise and movement (use finger like binoculars around eyes)
  • don't interrupt speaker (pointer to lips then move finger out)
  • wait to ask questions (pointer finger up...like "wait a minute" signal)


Be sure to discuss and review what each rule looks like and sounds like. Practice by saying the rule and see if the students can do the motion.  Then do the motion and have the students tell the rule. Be sure to review and practice until it becomes habit!


2nd-Practice active listening

Tell a story and have the students tell it back making sure not to tell any extra information, only the information they heard from you.
 Dog story- I have a special dog.  It is a little, tiny dog.  It is all white with a black spot on its eye.  It loves to dig in the dirt and run around the house.  I give it food and water each day.  I walk my dog on a long leash.

Play Repeat Simon Says.
Play just like "Simon Say" but make the student repeat what you said before doing it. Increase number of directions from 1, then 2, then three, as auditory memory gets better. 


3rd-Practice patience.



Be sure to provide times for students to focus on what they need to do to listen.
Students need to stand and wait some times! Check out how we Calm Down. Then we practice this skill as we wait in line for a turn.  It has to be practiced and discussed to help these skills occur naturally!
Active Listening Teach Magically waiting patiently

Here we are waiting to write on the board!  
Practicing active listening started with repeating the directions for the activity!
Ss-"Start at the top.  Say the letter and sound. Pass the chalk to the next person."

 We discussed ways to wait and to be patient.

  • Counting to 100
  • Saying the ABC's
  • Using self-talk "I can stand still.  I can wait my turn...)
Then we did the activity and put it all together!

Finally, we reflected on what we did!  Students shared what they did to wait patiently and what they could work on in the future!

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