Reading helps children learn to listen
It is well known that you cannot help your child learn anything if you do not teach him or her to listen and pay attention. That is why we believe that reading helps children learn to listen.
We can help our children through a clear and consistent structure and expectations about how to listen and pay attention. Without these two skills, children cannot learn how to learn.
Reading out loud, day by day, will help our children learn to listen. It’s enough to start out reading one minute a day and keep adding a minute a day until we get to thirty minutes.
Each child has a different learning style and, in order to help them, we should understand their needs and adapt our teaching approach to their own style. So, if the child walks around the room while we read, we should keep reading. He or she may have a learning style where movement is important. In fact, we all know that many children and even adults are able to move and listen at the same time.
We encourage the circle time practice during which children stay in a circle and make routine activities that will give them a good sense of responsibility and awareness of the others.
This is a good opportunity for reading stories, acting out and leaving enough space for children to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings related to some specific topics.
At Questfield, stories are part of our daily life! Each week, we explore a specific book related to chosen objectives for that age range and each classroom and the connected educational activity areas involve elements, characters and actions from that book, so children can easily correlate what happens around them to the weekly book.
Actually, we believe that stories remember and make sense of our lives and the lives around them. Stories give children a sense of identity, self and others, structures and nuances their thinking, develops their language and their brain and offers them a more nuanced perspective of reality. More about our educational concept, here.
Besides reading, learning to hear silence is another way to help them concentrate better. When we appreciate silence, we allow ourselves to hear what is important. When our children know how to listen to both sounds and silence, they can choose to respond with ability, becoming more responsible.
To help our children appreciate silence, we can play some silence games. For example, we count silently, using our fingers to help our children focus on staying silent. Often, we sit quietly for 60 seconds, and then ask them what they hear. Their concentration increases according to the amount of time spent in silence.
Also, one of the wonderful things about working with toddlers and pre-schoolers is that singing and playing are part of our learning process. When we work with children who are having difficulty responding to their names and requests, we sing songs using their names and so on.
Reading out loud, singing songs and playing games, we help children learn how to listen and pay attention. Book WEEK is an event we treasure a lot, because it emphasises the importance of reading and it involves parents in this learning process. And we believe in this type of parental involvement since this will transform the children’s learning process into a reading journey where they will learn to concentrate and listen more actively.