We need to TEACH them to listen…

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I was just doing some research for graduate school and found an article in the September, 2002 issue of Parenting Magazine. The article focused on the importance of listening and made the point that, “Throughout life, listening is the communication skill most used—to gather information, to show others that we care, to do our work. But it’s also the one that’s least taught” (Parenting, v.6 no.7). As a teacher, I give directions, new information, and feedback to kids verbally more than by any other means. And yet, the only way I teach listening is by reading aloud to kids. This makes me wonder, would listening to audio books and audio content help kids further develop these critical listening skills? Should I be encouraging my kids/their parents to regulalry practice with audio books?

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