Lesson 1 – Listening
Understand what we use when we listen.
The Ear Book – Dr. Seuss
What to do:
- Talk about what we actually do when we listen.
- Stress the behaviors that show how well we are listening:
- Eye contact
- Sitting still
- Responding appropriately
- Discuss how fidgeting, talking to a friend and not paying attention interfere with listening.
Lesson 2 – Make some noise!
Focus listening/attending behaviorBecome aware of a variety of ways to make sounds
Follow directions to start/stop noisemaking
drums, bells, horns, pots/pans, game buzzer, toys that talk
What to do:
- Talk about the different ways we can make noise (clapping, snapping, stomping, mouth noises, etc.)
- Talk about how we can turn them on and off.
- Make some noise together and then say “off” or “stop”
- They may not respond right away. Calmly, say it again. You may also want to use a hand motion or a picture of stop sign.
- Practice until the child learns to respond quickly and appropriately to the commands.
Lesson 3 – Hearing Sounds
Learn that objects and people make sound
Learn that there are many different types of sounds
Encourage children to respond to verbal cues
Learn that you hear sounds