- Explain that the children will learn how to listen to another person.
- Invite a child.
- Get down on his level.
- Ask the child to begin a conversation with you and to talk about something he likes or is interested in.
- Make strong, continuous eye contact and be very quiet.
- Every now and then, shake your head up and down to show that you are listening.
- After the child is done, or by politely suggesting the child be done, ask the child to listen to you.
- Tell the children “I remember what [child’s name] said. He said that [what child said.]”
- Ask the child if he remembers what you said when you talked.
- After the conversation, tell the children that good listening means we know what the person is saying and that we can remember what they said.
- Encourage the children to practice this with their friends.
Teaching the children how to demonstrate respect for others by listening carefully.
3 1/2 to 4