Auditory learners are those who learn by listening. These kids love music. They love to be read to and will talk to you non-stop about anything under the sun. Au Pairs can often relate well to the children through music, as it is a universal language, and reading children’s books is a great way for your Au Pair to improve her English speaking skills.
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For auditory learners
Talk to your child all the time. Tell her about an interesting story you read in the newspaper. Describe a conversation you had at work with your boss. When you go shopping for clothes, tell her about the shopping trips that you used to take with your mom. Get in the habit of narrating everyday chores. If you’re in the kitchen together while you’re making dinner, for example, you can say, “I need to measure out a cup of water and put it on the stove. When it boils, I need to add the bouillon cube…” It may not seem as if your child is paying attention — but she is. Don’t be surprised if you hear her repeating something you said when she talks to someone else. And remember: Children are natural mimics, so watch your language!
Make reading an interactive activity. When reading a book to your child, stop before turning the page and say, “What do you think will happen next?” Ask her to explain her answer to see how well she’s listened to what you’ve read so far. If she seems unsure about what happened, start again.
Ask your child to predict how a story will end. Read a book aloud to your child and stop just before the last page. Ask her to guess how the story will turn out, based on what she’s already heard. Then finish the story and discuss the ending with your child. Was her prediction accurate, or was there a surprise ending? If the latter, were there any clues to the ending planted earlier in the story?
Revisit an old favorite. Bring out one of your child’s most dog-eared, battered books and read it aloud yet again, only this time pause at key points to let her supply the words that come next. Or read the story and purposely change key details to see how well your child is paying attention. If she hears something that’s not quite right, she’ll be sure to correct you.
Listen to stories together. We never outgrow our delight at hearing stories told aloud. Libraries, bookstores, and community centers usually have read-aloud story times for young children. Go to fairs and community events at which professional storytellers will be performing. And borrow or buy books on tape for the car or the house.