Active Listening

“I hear you but I’m not listening”

Have you ever felt lost during class?

Do you have a hard time listening to others?

Have you ever heard someone speak but not been able to process what they were saying?

You are not alone.

In fact, this is something that many people struggle with. What many people don’t know is that listening is not the same thing as hearing.

We hear sounds all day. We are born with that ability. But being an active listener is a skill we must develop.

 

What is active listening?

Active listening is the ability to process what we have heard and remember what we have learned.

Unfortunately, active listening techniques are not taught in school. Listening, like reading, is one of the most important skills you will ever have. You will need to listen in school, at work, and in life.

Dyslexia, ADHD and other processing delays make it even harder to pay attention. If we struggle to pay attention, we struggle to learn.

We at KidsRead2Kids have designed our program specifically to help you improve your listening skills. The more you practice, the stronger you will become.

 

Getting Started

  1. Find a quiet place to listen
  2. Choose a relaxing time of the day (such as bedtime)
  3. Make eye contact with your reader or close your eyes and imagine the story as it is read
  4. Practice staying completely present and engaged with the story
  5. Summarize the story to yourself out loud after each chapter
  6. Listen to the chapter again. See how much you remember from the first time

We would love to hear from you. Share your stories on how you listen best.

 

The Benefits of Listening to Stories...

  • Allows me to practice paying attention, listening carefully, and remembering what was said
  • Helps me focus on the sounds of the words read without interruption
  • Provides me with a model for fluent reading
  • Guides me in the learning of punctuation, enunciation, and emphasis (which all help me understand the meaning of a sentence!)
  • Inspires my imagination as I bring the story to life in my mind

... Helps me become an Active Listener