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.
What are the amazing ways to help with listening skills?
1st-Establish “rules” for active listening skills
Here are some rules with the body motions to help visual learners.
- 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)
2nd-Practice active listening skills
- 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.
- Play Repeat Simon Says.
- 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; henceforth, they need time to practice! Check out how we Calm Down. We practice this skill whenever we wait in line for a turn. It has to be practiced and discussed to help these listening skills happen.
- 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.”
- Discuss ways to wait.
- Counting to 100
- Saying the ABC’s
- Using self-talk
- (for example: I can stand still. I can wait my turn.)