Focusing on one sense at a time helps children strengthen their perception.  Focusing on sound, for example, sharpens listening skills.  Experts say that about two-thirds of everything learned is learned through listening.  When children are given an opportunity to practice their listening skills, they also enhance their abilities to focus and pay attention, allowing them to understand and interpret more of what they hear.

Ideas for parents:

As you take a walk outdoors with your child, encourage your child to listen, identify, imitate, and discuss the different sounds you hear.  Listen for the sound of birds, neighbors chatting, lawn mowers, vehicles, and more.  You’ll have a lot of fun playing the “Listening Game,” and your child’s listening skills will be sharpened too!

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We engage kids in fun activities every week in Kindermusik music classes for kids – and focus on developing listening skills, cognitive skills, musical skills and more. Learning through music and movement is fun and effective, come check it out.

– Contributed by Theresa Case, whose Greenville, SC program, Kindermusik at Piano Central Studios, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

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