How do you teach a preschooler to listen? I start with a fun story. I love these stories because they are sweet and cute, BUT they also teach values like kindness and telling the truth. Every story can be either read to the child, or it comes with an audio download that can be played for the child to listen to. It is fun to listen to the stories and leave it at that, but I like to up it a level by having the child use the worksheet that comes with the unit. The child marks the picture of everything that is in the story, and they all start with the same letter, to help the child learn the letters as they learn to listen.
Each of these stories also comes with the same story, but written at a level for a little person to be able to read. The story has the same ideas, and builds on phonics and sight words too. The child is able to “read” the story with all the details of the original one, or they can read the book with the condensed version. I love the ideas of fairies and elves playing together and learning from the nice witch and Santa that live in their neighborhood too. I enjoy helping children to imagine a wonderland filled with all kinds of people learning just like them.
Learning to listen can be as easy as listening to a story and marking the picture you hear. It should always be fun to learn because when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles. Written by Raeann Hansen 2019