As children learn critical listening skills, they learn not only to pay attention to what they hear, but to question the information and ask for clarification. This is important for classroom success to ensure a child’s comprehension of the concepts.
One way to encourage children to listen critically is to present them with sentences or information that doesn’t make sense. With younger children, use very obvious examples and short sentences. After children can successfully identify why your sentences don’t make sense, you may want to let them try making up some of their own.
Stories are also good ways to help your child develop good listening and thinking skills. During or after reading a story, ask your child specific things about it, such as character’s names, where or when the story happened, and why characters in the story made the choices that they did.