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06/18/2015
 As your children travels through their schooling path, listening skills will naturally increase as they are presented with common words and sounds.  In this post, The Tutoring Center in Hoover will give you some ideas on how you can give your children a head start with their listening skills alongside formal education such as tutoring.

With so many homonyms in English, it’s important for your child to have the skills to quickly identify the words they hear from surrounding context. These are skills that parents can teach their children around the house, without a formal educational environment.

Just joking around.

What do children love? Jokes!  So let’s build this into an enjoyable learning activity. Provide your children with a list of homonyms (a short list downloaded from the internet will do the trick) and have your child write jokes to incorporate them. 

How do you make a sausage roll?  You push it.

Even simple usage can mean that your child has comprehended the task and is able to reproduce the learning in a creative way.

Keep it incidental.

Being able to teach kids without them realizing that they’re learning is a great skill for every parent to have. An environment such as the kitchen can be a great place to start.  While cooking the next meal, ask your child for help using a homonym, such as ‘Could you please pass me the flour/flower’.  As they do, ask them to guess which word you are referring to by context.  Such as where you are, what activity you are doing or where you may be looking.  Then have them use the alternate meaning in a sentence.  This can be a great way to teach context as your child is presented with two practical examples of the words together.

Increasing your child’s listening skills can give them an advantage as they travel continue through their education, and being taught by a parent makes it all the better.  To complement these skills, our experts can provide reading, writing, and math help through one-to-one instruction or private tutoring in Hoover. Call us today at (205) 987-9577 for more information.

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