The Importance of Listening
Children began to listen long before they read, write, or speak. Some children enter school without ever having listened consciously or been held responsible for listening. For many children, listening is the most important medium. Growth in the other skills of communication is always conditioned by the ability to listen. Listening is a complex process, since it involves a physical process of hearing both mental and emotional factors.
Listening like reading is a process of meanings with symbols. In one case, the symbols are aural and in another, visual. It is the child’s ability to understand on the depth and variety of the concepts, word meanings and language skills the child has developed. Note: The child builds meanings and concepts through experiences. Thus, opportunity to plan, observe, explore, and talk are essential to growth in LISTENING!