Talking and Listening are often overshadowed by reading and writing under the Literacy Umbrella.
This post should give educators and parents alike a few quick ideas for developing talking and listening skills with your children.
Reading with a purpose
Some children will read contently by themselves however others don’t. My eldest likes reading more when it’s for an audience.
Therefore encourage them to read especially out loud (but not necessarily in front of a huge audience) and give the activity a purpose – tell them to read to their siblings, their teddy, a family member or whoever.
My children are really enjoying ebooks as they let you listen to a story being read and some now allow you to record yourself reading.
If they enjoy making up story use the voice memo app to record them or use fotobabble app to talk about a picture. Developing their sense of imagination and giving them an instant audience is very motivating.
We also enjoy making up stories (tell me a story post) and recording them using the voice memo app, croak it or audioboo.
Listening and making improvements
Talking books engage children easily so participating and recording them reading allows the children to hear what they are saying.
Our kids have grown in confidence and sought to add expression to their voices. They are learning to self evaluate and make improvements by listening to the recording. For those who don’t enjoy creative writing, talking the story helps foster skills that can be used as building blocks for future writing lessons.
A sense of audience
Parents, grandparents and other relatives love receiving these pieces of audio. Fotobabble is most definately the talking postcard on holiday.
We have moved far from the tape deck when recording children in class. Although I use the iPad for recording, I do use a few products that enhance talking and listening in the classroom.
TTS sell talking postcards and speech bubbles that allow you to record audio. They have a variety of uses.
These innovative cards are just great for all children, especially those with special needs; they’re interactive, hands-on and suitable for all ages.
I have a few of these in my classroom and they really bring wall displays alive. The children enjoy hearing what the display us about by pressing a button.