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Listening And Following Directions

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Listening And Following Directions

We should work on: a) Rhyming sounds: b) Auditory memory: recall a minimum of three items. c) Sequence of listening: use a minimum of two items in sequence. d) Listening to specifics: listen to the letter sounds, rhymes, sounds, etc. e) Following directions: use a minimum of two stage directives. 1. Echo: the teacher or a child says a word, a phrase a sentence or a rhyme. The children have to repeat exactly what they hear. Body position, clear diction and a loud voice are important. This activity also helps to give confidence to the children who are learning a new language or are very shy.(a, e) 2. Follow the leader - the teacher taps, claps rhymes, the children imitate the sounds. "Simon says" is another variation to this activity. (a, d) 3. Read each group of items. They are not in order. Children name the items in the correct order or sequence. (b, c) a. shoe, sock, foot (foot, sock, shoe) b. eat, school, breakfast (breakfast, eat, school) c. hurt, trip, fall (trip, fall, hurt) d. eat, cook, food (food, cook, eat) 4. Read each group of items. Children identify the largest or the smallest object in the list. (b, d) a. cow, house, cat, tomato, bench (house, tomato) b. moon, banana, lamp, dictionary (moon, banana) c. peach, sofa, dog, brush, girl(sofa, peach) d. coat, pencil, piano, truck (truck, pencil) e. hat, planet, pond, button (planet, button) 5. Read each word, children identify each item as natural or man-made. (b, d) Soup (man-made) balloon (man-made) Stone (natural) stars (natural) Mountain (natural) shells (natural) Cheese (man-made) rain (natural) Candle (man-made) paper (man-made) 6. Folding paper (hat, boat) the teacher gives the instructions and does it together with the children. (e) 7. Identification of initial, middle, final sounds, rhyming words... by clapping, tapping, standing up... (a, d) 8. Describing a sequence, omit one. Children have to identify the missing event. E.g. clouds gather, rain falls, ... (the umbrellas open, puddles are formed, etc) (c, d) 9. Listening to sentences and discriminating: which are nonsense, which factual; which are true, which are false; reality and fantasy. E.g.: "I jump over the moon." (fantasy) "The moon is bright." (fact) (d)

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