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Listening for Sounds

Need your child to sit still for a bit? Make a game of being very quiet so you can listen for and name as many sounds as possible.

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Extending this activity

  • -Listening for sounds is a great way to help active children calm down and focus before beginning another activity that would require them to be quiet (sitting in a waiting room or waiting in line). New locations provide fun opportunities for listening to new sounds.

    -Read "The Listening Walk" by Paul Showers. Talk about places your child might like to go for a listening walk. Discuss which places would have many sounds and which places would have fewer sounds.

Adjust for an older child

With his eyes closed, ask the child to point in the direction from which each sound is coming. This is a fun challenge and requires an even greater degree of critical listening.

Adjust for a younger child

Allow the child to keep his eyes open and ask him to name the different sounds that he hears. Assist him in labeling sounds like clapping, snapping, whistling, etc. As he becomes more confident, he can try closing his eyes while listening for different sounds.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Segmenting Sentences and Words

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