Attention and listening skills are the basis of all language development and learning. A student must be able to listen and attend to what is happening around him/her in order to understand it, despite varying levels of distraction.
Good attention is the ability to focus on something specific for a certain length of time. As children progress through education, it becomes increasingly important for them to focus their own attention for sustained periods of time.
Make sure you look at the child you are speaking to.
Ensure you have the child’s attention before giving an instruction e.g. say the child’s name first and wait for him/her to look or touch the table in front of the child; clap your hands to gain attention before speaking
Minimise distracting background noise both inside and outside the classroom.
Minimise visual distractions, especially behind the teacher.
Try to keep children’s desks free of clutter
NB. Without the ability to hear, a student will not be able to develop listening skills. If there are any concerns regarding a student’s hearing, you should discuss this with their parents first.
Age 3 - 4
Attention and Listening
Needs to give full attention (both looking and listening) to directions in order to be able to follow them.
Needs to stop what s/he is doing to be able to listen.