Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

Throughout the year, Ms. Kate, our school counselor will come in to teach us strategies for working and learning together. This week Ms. Kate came into our class TWICE to help us learn about “Whole Body Listening” and “Skills for Learning”.

She brought two puppet friends with her…”Puppy” and “Snail”…


Puppy is a bit impulsive and we are trying to teach him how to be a good listener so that he can learn! :)

Listening is a fundamental skill and “Whole Body Listening” helps children listen to their teachers and their classmates effectively. Whole Body Listening is more than just hearing with the ears! We learned in class that the four parts of “Whole Body Listening” are…

1) Eyes Watching
2) Ears Listening
3) Voice Quiet
4) Body Still

Ask your child to show you the actions paired with each of the 4 main listening rules. We played games to help us remember the parts of Whole Body Listening…


When you talk about the concept of Whole Body Listening at home, be specific about which areas of listening you’d like your child to focus on, for example, “Sarah, I need you to listen and keep your body still.” Or, “David, please be sure to keep your eyes watching the person who is speaking.”

Your child brought home a drawing of their body with all the body parts needed for whole body listening. Ask your child to explain it to you! :)

After talking about “Whole Body Listening” Ms. Kate came in another time to teach us about four important “Skills for Learning”…

1. Focus Attention
2. Listen
3. Be Assertive
4. Use Self-Talk

She focused on the first two this week. She taught us to use “Attentascopes” to help us pay attention both to what is important in the classroom and to our peers when playing. Our “attentascopes” help us to ignore distractions. She also taught us a trick for listening with our brains…repeating what we just heard! Repeating information is a helpful strategy for children to build their memory skills.

During Ms. Kate’s lessons, we always have a chance to share our thinking and learn from each other…


In her next visit, Ms. Kate will help us learn how to be assertive by asking for help when we need it and to use positive self-talk to let our brain know that we can do anything! Ms. Kate is a wonderful resource for our students and families at ISB!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

* Can you tell the drawing story about Tom and Sally?
* What are Owl Eyes? Lips the Fish?
* Who are Mr. and Mrs. Wishy Washy? What do they like to do?
* What are “Attentascopes”? How do you use them?
* What month did we start this week? Who has a birthday this month?
* What TRUE stories did write this week in Writers’ Workshop?
* What shapes did you find on your shape hunt around school?
* Can you find lots of shapes around the house?
* How was the new cafeteria system for you this week?
* Did you try to eat something new?

2 thoughts on “Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

  1. We really enjoy reading the class weekly report! Thanks so much :)

    The most fun is asking Branden the list of questions and seeing his surprised look (mummy how did you know that?) And to hear all his wonderful answers.

    Keep it coming, it is so fun!!!

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