Specific instruction and practice of listening skills prepare a young child for formal learning. This book includes teacher-directed activities that can be completed with paper and crayons. There are nine sections in the book, with twelve listening activities in each section. These listening activities begin with simple, single directions and progress into activities with more complex, multiple directions. Students are told to write, draw, or color certain things on the worksheets in specific ways, relying only on verbal commands. Due to the simplicity of the activities, an answer key is not provided, but there are many teacher helps located throughout the book. Specific directions are set up for teachers to read word-for-word. These are separate from the reproducible student worksheets. There are also physical activities included to practice more active listening skills, in which children are instructed to move in single or multiple ways through the teacher's verbal cues. A good listener award is included in the back of the book for the teacher to fill out, sign, and present to their student. ~ Rachel S.
If your children aren't hard of hearing, just hard of listening, they may need to practice that ability. Many situations in life require students to be able to follow oral directions. Children who are excessively visual and very non-auditory may need a little encouragement to develop their auditory skills. Listening exercises also can help improve short-term memory, as children must concentrate to recall instructions. In this series, children must pay attention as you give oral directions, then use their retention powers to complete the exercises. Direction script to be read by the teacher is separate from the reproducible student worksheets. Nice variety of formats and responses.