Did you know learning to be an ACTIVE listener can help your child with:
Time management, Interpersonal Skills, & Educational Success?!?
(Learn more at Learning Through Listening)
This week at my Early Childhood circle time we talked about what it means to be a good listener! Being a good listener means much more than just hearing what is said with the ears. It is important to break down ALL of the components of listening for your child. Many children hear various statements like, “Show me good listening” or “I need you to listen”; however, we often forget to talk about what that means. When the entire family understands the components of Whole Body Listening, you can give specific instruction about which areas of listening you would like your child to improve – “Sally, I need you to listen with your feet.”
What is Whole Body Listening?
listening with the eyes (looking at the speaker)
listening with the mouth (closed and quiet - no talking, making sounds, etc.)
listening with the body (facing the speaker)
listening with the hands (quietly at the side of the body or in the lap)
listening with the feet (standing still or quietly on the floor)
listening with the brain (thinking about what the speaker is saying)
listening with the heart (caring about what the speaker is saying)
The Poster was created by Kristen Wilson and Elizabeth Sautter and you can purchase it here
Learn more about Whole Body Listening Here
How can you practice listening at home???
Guessing Games / Riddles
Listening to stories together
Make up silly rhymes