Developing Listening skills
The learning environment should be free of auditory distractions. Music should not be played in the background during the lessons.
What children say is always important and it should be regarded as so, the adult should speak clearly, precisely and consistently to the children.
To capture the children’s attention the adult rings a bell, as the children gather; this will help the child increase control and refine their auditory sensitivity. One should give lessons about talking softly, listening and waiting while the other speaks.
Materials used are designed to develop the child’s learning and sensitivity to different sounds. Also sound games, name lessons, story telling and conversational sessions aid the children in language development.
The Montessori environment encourages children to speak freely.
Sitting symmetrically with their hand on their laps helps them be relaxed.
The teacher should avoid eye contact during the lesson so that the children focus on auditory stimuli.
Silence induces calmness and aids contemplation; by focusing on silence children are able to hear once unnoticed soft sounds. This activity is a good exercise for improving a child’s observational skills and patience.