Listening Lucy - Listening
Listening to others is one of the most important social skills. Educators practice this skill by playing the game Breathe and Stretch on the Beach from Powerful You. This is a fabulous brain break that is played like “Simon Says.” Students learn simple movements and practice breathing in order to clear the listening pathways!
Another form of listening is internal listening. When we have a problem we often run to everyone asking, “What should I do?” The answer is within. It is always there, but we forget to get quiet, listen, and believe in ourselves.
Listening Lucy from Powerful You shares the importance of your tone of voice and body language when communicating and listening. Here are some other books that are used to teach children to listen.
In her newest book, The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find this gentle story a valuable and important resource.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! My Incredible Talking Body by Rebecca Bowen teaches children that their body actually talks to them and tells them when they are happy, sad, angry, or worried. You can also go here to get some clever ideas of how to you this book in the classroom from Counselor Keri. Every counselor needs to have this book!
Do you take time to notice and listen to the beauty around you? This story recounts the true tale of when renowned American violinist Joshua Bell took his instrument into the D.C. subway and played a free concert. Only seven people stopped to listen, while more than a thousand passed right on by. In this telling, a boy named Dylan hears the music, and shows the reader how important it is to be awestruck, wonder-filled, and attentive to the world around us.