A listening activity was much needed… I hate to admit how bad my kids have been at listening lately.
They totally either tune me out completely or just plain ignoring me unless I’m yelling at them. And I hate that.
Completely hate it.
I figured it was time we actually work on their listening skills with a simple activity.
I intentionally chose to do an activity that they know. It’s not new skills [besides listening itself]. It’s not learning something new. I did this so that there wasn’t a question about whether they knew the correct thing to do, instead the question would be if they listened to the directions.
I used our colored blocks for this with Candy Land cards. The cards had colors that matched up with all of our block colors. Perfect!
[If this isn't the case for you, you can either make up cards quick that fit whatever you have on hand, or you can just rattle off directions without drawing something. You could also use Legos.]
I drew a card and gave Henry a direction.
Place one red block on the tower.
And then drew another and gave George a turn.
Place two orange blocks on the tower.
The special cards from Candy Land are pink [we don't have pink blocks] and since they’re ‘special’ cards in Candy Land, I made them special cards for our listening activity. I made these cards a ‘remove a block’ card.
I realized as we went along, I was showing the boys the cards as I told them their directions. Whoops! I stopped doing that since this is a listening activity and we’re trying to get them to listen to the directions I give them as opposed to seeing what they’re supposed to do.
That changed up the game!
Henry listened very well. I know he can when he wants, or needs, to. Very well done.
George… wow… George has some listening skills he needs to work on! When he didn’t listen and I’d repeat the direction, he ended up throwing [his usual] tantrum when something doesn’t go his way. This happened several times and he was put in a timeout to regroup himself.
He came back to the game and played again. He usually caught one part of the direction either the “one” or “two” or it was the color of block that he got right… past that it was merely a guess until I repeated the directions again. This was tough for him. So we’ll be doing more listening activities like this. Probably working the listening part into more of our usual activities.
I knew we had to work on listening… it was getting pretty bad. I’m hoping a few more of these activities will help turn things around.
The trick to this listening activity? I used an activity that I knew would be a hit. BLOCKS!
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Henry is 5 years old. George is 2.5 years old,
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