There is a big difference between the physical act of hearing and the menial process of listening. While we are constantly surrounded by sound, we choose whether or not to listen and process the sounds we hear. Listening goes far beyond the physical act of hearing. Hearing is a process involving nerves and muscles that reaches adult efficiency by age four to five. However, listening is a learned menial process that is concerned with hearing, attending, discriminating, understanding, and remembering and it can be improved with practice…at any age:)
In Kindermusik one of our goals is to teach children to be good listeners through active listening activities. For example, we listened to various animal sounds and imitate the sounds and movements of the animals listened to. In this way we explore the process of "active listening". Through such activities, your child begins developing skills of attentive listening, comprehension, categorizing, recalling, recognizing, characterizing, describing, identifying, and evaluating. Active listening activities are an opportunity to learn to listen intentionally. Developing good listening skills is perhaps The most important skill; it affects social interactions, one's level of functioning, and perhaps one's overall success in life. There are five different types of listening: Informative, Appreciative, Critical, Discriminative, and Empathic. Although we touch on all types of listening in Kindermusik, we primarily focus on discriminative listening, as it is the basis for the other four types. For more detailed information on the different types of listening, please CLICK HERE to access an excerpt from Dr. John A. Kline's book: Listening Effectively: Achieving High Standards in Communication. Let’s teach our children to be good listeners!