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Overview and benefit
Auditory discrimination is very important in learning to speak and say new words and later when they are learning phonics. This activity teaches children to really tune in and listen carefully. A variety of different sound effects are played and the children are given the opportunity to guess the noise/sound and match them to corresponding pictures. The pictures help those not yet able to verbalise to join in the guessing game. This is a valuable exercise in ear and sensory development and help children:
- Learn to listen – a difficult yet essential life skill!
- Begin to solve problems and apply logical reasoning
- Acquire knowledge about the world around them
- Learn basic noun vocabulary
- Your chosen Guess the Sounds
- Laminated ‘Guess the Sound’ pictures
For children to learn the format of the activity it is recommended that you do this activity for the full half term.
How it works
Use 3 (or 4 for the 3-4 age group) different sounds each week from the Guess the Sound CDs – it is easier for you if you use 3 (or 4 for the 3-4 age group) consecutive tracks to avoid having to skip through the CDs (see list below). Each track lasts for approximately 20 seconds, 10 seconds of looped sounds followed by 10 seconds of silence.
What to do in the class
This Element varies by age group, as follows:
Walkers – 2 Years:- The children gather round you near the stereo. The group listens to the sounds and you then show pictures to illustrate the sounds. Concentrate on the word for the sound encouraging them to form it. Then concentrate on making the simple sound
2 – 3 Years:- The children gather round you near the stereo. The children guess which picture matches each sound. Make it exciting and mysterious. Repeat to reinforce.
3 – 4 Years:-. The children gather round you near the stereo. The group listens to the sounds, guess and match the sound to the picture.. Then you show an additional picture and ask them to make the sound to match it. Make it exciting and mysterious. Play the sounds again faster.
As a variation you can use the ‘Oh So Quiet’ Track. Play the track before playing each sound to build the children’s anticipation.