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Speaking and listening are in a central part of a child’s social skills. Explore our resources to develop listening and speaking skills.


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Early Years and Primary Resources for Listening and Speaking Skills

As children play, go through classes, and interact with others, they experience many moments of joy and frustration. This roller-coaster of emotion can affect the quality of their day and yours. It might also end up negatively affecting your child’s social and academic development. One way that you can help your little one steady their ups-and-downs is by using listening games for kids and speaking games for kids to help them learn how to communicate effectively.

Speaking and listening skills are a central part of a child’s social skills. These skills allow kids to learn from older people and their peers. They also allow children to play a part in their own education by expressing how they feel and how they understand various concepts. Parents can take an active role in helping children listen as well as improve English speaking skills. This process does not have to be difficult and complicated if you make use of several primary teaching resources.

Listening games for kids

Before they become effective speakers, kids need to learn to become active listeners. Children gain knowledge and improve their speaking skills by interacting with others. This means that they have to be able to take what they hear from others as part of the communication process. The more your child listens to what others have to say, the better their communication skills and vocabulary become. By helping your child improve their attention and their primary resources English listening skills, you make it easier for them to improve English speaking skills. Children also get to develop an appreciation of the sounds around them in everyday situations. Since listening and learning are very closely related, you also make it easier for them to settle and excel in the classroom environment.

Children learn best in a free, fun-filled relaxed environment. Using listening games for kids is a great way to teach them how to communicate as they will see the lesson as more of play than chores that you are forcing them to do. To keep your child engaged, you have to continually change the approach and type of primary resources that you use as teaching aids. Some of the available toys you can use include sing-along audiobooks, listening phone sets, and conversation dice cubes. By far, the best way for helping children listen is by setting a good example in the way you interact with them and other adults. By setting a good example and working with your child to develop these skills, you can give them significant academic and social advantages in the future.

Kids enjoy playing around with language, and take pleasure in simple rhymes and making up their own words and phrases as they go along. Sing-along books provide children with the opportunity to listen to repetitive and familiar rhymes, manipulate and change the words, improve their attention span, as well as develop an ear for sounds. Another way that you can use to enhance your child’s primary resources English listening skills is story-telling. Kids love listening to story-book CDs and looking at the characters and images within the story. They usually get a favourite story that they enjoy listening to over and over again. This repetition helps them remember specific words and begin to read-along their favourite parts. The listening phone set helps kids learn how to give each other turns to speak in a group setting.

Speaking games for kids

In as much as children need to learn how to listen, they also need to learn how to express their feelings and ideas clearly. Speaking games for kids will help them improve their speaking skills, and:

  • Find it easier to start conversations.
  • Communicate clearly in sentences that are at their age level.
  • Know how to get others’ attention properly. An example is by waiting for a pause in the conversation.
  • Observe cues that another person also wants to speak, and then stop talking.
  • Know how to take turns talking and listening.
  • Be polite and not talk back to adults.

One of the best speaking games for kids is a set of conversation dice cubes. These dice can engage even the quietest of kids in conversation and are a great way to improve your child’s speaking and social skills. The colourful blocks include conversation starters like, “Do you have a pet”, “If you were an animal, what animal would you be”, and “If you were going to the moon, what would you take”. Children have fun listening to these simple questions and using their active imaginations to come up with suitable answers. They can also take turns to ask and answer questions, as well as contribute to what their peers have already said.

Memory games are another way to get kids talking while they attain knowledge on a variety of subjects. On this exciting game, kids study a card for ten seconds and then ask each other questions that are on the flip side of the picture cards. A set of dice determines the question to be asked. The child who gets the correct answer keeps the card, and the one who ends up with the most number of cards is the winner. You can also use free, printable worksheets to show kids a set of words, remove one, and then ask them to figure out and say which word you removed.

Kids can also use sound banks to speak and record their own voices, then play and listen to themselves. Sound banks allow children to improve speaking skills by self-correction. They can be able to hear how they sound compared to other people.