Parents As Teachers

Lee's Summit R7 School District

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Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

We have become a very visual society. Most of us learn and retain information best when we have visual information. But developing strong listening skills is very important for academic success and overall language development. During the first six years of life, children must learn to listen effectively. Parents can show their child how to receive, understand, and use the information they hear.

You can do the following activities at home to improve your child’s listening skills:

-Talk about what your child wants to talk about and show interest in the topic. Listen attentively, with a body posture that shows interest. Answer questions and add new information about the topic.

-If your child is particularly excited to tell you something, drop everything, if you can, and give your complete attention to your child. This will result in more willingness to communicate, and you are also setting a good example of how to actively listen when someone has something important to say.

-Set aside a daily sharing time with your child. Many times it is great to do this as part of a bedtime routine. You can both review the events of the day and comment / recall things that happened. This should be in a quiet place without competing with the t.v. or radio.

-Learn to communicate directions and questions at the level your child can understand. Many parents say too much, too quickly. Children soon quit listening when the message is too hard to understand.

-Help your child look and listen at the same time. Get into the habit of pointing and gesturing when giving directions. Pantomime actions when describing or relating a story. This improves your child’s looking/listening skills and maintains interest, as well.

Once you are sure that your child is a good listener, you can then help the child work on comprehension or understanding.

Listening comprehension involves two abilities:

-Hear a question, mentally organize information, and give an appropriate response.

-Hear and understand directions, then move the body to carry it out.

Guidelines for listening comprehension:

1-2 years

*Follows a simple 1 step direction: “Come here.” or “Throw this away.”

*Responds to simple questions: “Where’s the _____?”

2-3 years

*Follows a variety of 1-step directions including those with concept words: "Bring me the big ball."

*Can answer yes/no questions

*Can answer questions about familiar actions, such as, eating, drinking and sleeping.

*Can follow simple, 2-step directions: “Get your coat and put it on.”

3-5 years

*Responds to 2 and 3 step directions which include position and quantity

*Answers “How and Why?”

*Can problem solve

*Responds to if/then directions

*Can answer questions with time concepts (yesterday, tomorrow, etc.)

Melissa Finneseth

Speech/Language Pathologist

It's Cold and Flu Season...Information from our Health Room

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

1. Wash Your Hands

Soap 'em up often and scrub well. You pick up germs on your fingers and can get them in your mouth or eyes. Many viruses spread that way.

2. Get Your Flu Shot

You may think of the flu as only a minor problem, but it can be very serious. The flu can even be dangerous, especially for young children, older adults, and pregnant women. It’s a myth that the flu vaccine can give you the flu.

3. Pay Attention to Symptoms

Cold or flu? There's no surefire way to tell the symptoms apart. Even your doctor may not be sure which one you have without testing. Usually, colds are milder. You might have a runny or stuffy nose. The flu is usually more severe and comes on suddnely. Fever, body aches, and exhaustion are more common with it.

4. Stay Home if You're Sick

Keep your child home if they are sick. Your cold could last longer, and you could also spread germs to other people.

Please remember, if you or your child are sick please call or text your parent educator to reschedule your visit. If you can't get in touch with them, please call the office at 986-2480 and we will get the information to them.

From our Librarian

Great books for the month of November:

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

One Little Two Little Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

Turkey Watching
All Month Long
Where: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center (1401 NW Park Rd., Blue Springs, MO).
Admission: FREE
Details: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is home to wild turkeys and the Bird Watching Center is a wonderful observation room for families to watch the birds strut and gobble! Note: The turkeys are free to roam, so you may or may not see any depending on "their mood."
Contact Information: 816-228-3766,

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, Nov. 18th, 6-8pm

13 Southeast 3rd Street

Lee's Summit, MO

Upcoming Acitivities

Developmental Screenings for 3 Years to Pre-kindergarten

Do you have a 3-5 year old (pre-kindergarten)? Do you reside in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District?
PARENTS AS TEACHERS IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULING DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS. Schedule a DIAL-4 screening to provide an overview of your child’s development.
Appointments are required, call 816-986-2486.

Baby Sign Langugae

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30-7:30pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Infant Massage

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 10am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Stretch -n- Grow with Daddy

Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017 at 6-7pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Happy Parenting!