Develop your Toddler’s Learning Ability.(13 months to 3 years) – LISTENER SKILLS
A toddler calls upon her Listener skills when she speaks, when she plays, when she interacts with others and when she learns from the sounds around her. Listener, Looker and Mover toddlers can all profit from activities that call upon the sense of hearing. Listeners benefit because these experiences affirm an inborn strength; Lookers and Movers, because their ability to communicate and socialize improves along with their growing auditory skills. Just as with Looker skills, the toddler who already possesses this learning style will need no prodding to play with games and toys that stimulate her preferred sense. Lookers and Movers may need some convincing though, and this is best accomplished by incorporating sights, motion or touch with whatever Listener activities you present. These ideas may help.
Enhancing a Toddler’s existing LISTENER Skills.
- Provide a pair of sturdy headphones so that your toddler can listen to music whenever she chooses. Collect cassettes of children’s music for use in the car.
- Encourage language development by asking your toddler to describe, explain and otherwise expand on what she says.
- Speak to your toddler in fairly complex sentences, giving lots of detail. This will encourage her to do the same.
- Expand your child’s vocabulary with a book like First Picture Dictionary, which has many pictures.
- Set aside a special time of day for reading aloud. Let your toddler select a favorite book and ask questions to help her express her feelings about it. For example, you might ask, “What did you like best about the puppy?”
- Buy or make a tape of household sounds like the dishwasher, the dog’s bark, the telephone, footsteps on the stairs, the doorbell, and the vacuum cleaner. Play the tape back and ask your toddler to identify the various sounds.
- Play a modified version of “Simon says” by asking your child to follow the usual commands without visual cues from you.
- Check your local library for toddler story-time programs.
- Encourage your toddler’s auditory memory by turning ordinary activities like dressing, meal preparation and bath time into sing alongs.
- Provide plenty of opportunities for your child to socialize with other children by enrolling her in a play group or by scheduling play dates with the children of friends.
Encouraging the development of LISTENER Skills in toddler’s who are LOOKERS
- Keep television watching to a minimum and encourage talking, music and reading in its place.
- Browse through mail-order catalogues together. Your discussions about the pictured items will be great vocabulary builders.
- Get in habit of talking about what you’re doing as you do it. For example, you might say, “ Daddy is going to wash the car. First, I use the hose to put water in a bucket. Now, I need bubbles. What can I use to make bubbles?” Involve your toddler in the conversation.
- Make a chalkboard picture according to your toddler’s specifications. Ask her what she’d like you draw and have her dictate the size, color, shape and location of each detail.
- Make hand puppets for yourself and yur toddler by sewing two buttons on a sock to look like eyes. Have the puppets talk to each other.
- Create a special story corner with a bean bag chair or a soft rug and a cart or bin for storing books. Encourage your toddler to sit with you while you tell stories and read aloud to her.
- Hide a treat and give your toddler verbal instructions for finding it.
- Watch a video created especially for children and sing songs from the video during other times of the day.
- Your looker will enjoy manipulating a Sing along microphone. She can listen the words to favorite songs, press the “record” button to sing along and the press” playback” to hear her own voice.
Encouraging the development of LISTENER Skills in Toddler’s who are MOVERS
- Make a game of giving your toddler silly directions like “Put the washcloth on your head,” “Stand on the top of the chair,” or “Put this toy under the chair”.
- Make it a practice to speak to your toddler slowly and in short, simple sentences.
- Use creative Story telling books are perfect for active storytelling.
- Hide somewhere in the house and make a game out of your child finding you by following the sound of your voice.
- Make it a practice to ask your child to relay messages to a grandparent, sibling or friend.
- When your toddler mispronounces a word, repeat and affirm your child’s thought while pronouncing the word correctly. At a lake, fro example, she might say, “Guh, kack kack”. You can respond, “you’re right! The duck says ‘Quack Quack”.
- Play supermarket with your toddler, using goods from the kitchen. Take turns being the shopper and the storekeeper and make conversation while you play each part.
- Plan special outings to help build vocabulary. There’s a lot to talk about at a grocery store, pet store or post office.
- Stage a make-believe tea party. To encourage conversation, ask questions of your toddler such as “ Do you want hot tea or cold tea?” or “ How many cookies would you like?”.
Read my other articles for complete understanding of your CHILDS Learning Skills.
To see how you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your infant yourself, click the links below.
How to Develop Toddler’s LISTNER Skills.
How to Develop Toddler’s MOVER Skills.
How to maximize Toddler’s LOOKER Skills
To Take a Quick Check of your child’s Learning Styles, click the links below.
Learning Styles in INFANCY Quick Check (Birth to 12 months).
Learning Styles in Toddler Quick Check (13 months to 3 years).
Learning Style Quick Check in Preschooler (3-5 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Kindergarteners (5-6 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Grade 1 (6-7 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Primary Scholar (9-10 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Teenager (13-14 years).
Learning style Quick Check for Parents.
See How you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your Child during various stages, click the links below.
Infancy (Birth to 12 months).
Toddler (13 months to 3 years).
Preschooler (3-5 years).
Kindergarteners (5-6 years).
Grade 1 (6-7 years).
Primary Scholar (9-10 years).
Teenager (13-14 years).
To determine your personal learning style and its influence on your child, click the links below.
Take the learning style Quick Check for Parents.
PARENTS Learning Styles and Life Styles Quick check
Why Identify and Modify Learning Style
How Parental Learning style influences a Child’s style