Monday, October 19, 2015

Auditory input: 25 ideas to get you going

Presley is a very visual little girl. She sees it, she remembers it, and she imitates it.  She is four years old and last month, she began taking ballet classes once a week, so I recorded the routines on my phone and she has learned them fairly well this way.  This is great, but she also needs to keep the visual and auditory input balanced.  We have a great neurodevelopmentist, Lyn Waldeck, with NACD.    This is a personalized program with assessments every 3 months.  Lyn is able to assess and monitor Presley and make recommendations whether we are balanced which allows us to move forward in learning.  Children are naturally visual learners  in the beginning.  So we have to work at increasing the auditory input.   One way we do this is to increase our auditory input is by using a recorder like this.  It can be found here on amazon for $29.95.  Some people use the recorder option on their phone, but Presley would begin playing on my phone if she go get ahold of it, so instead she will push play on this recorder to hear what's next.  I put something she likes, such a song followed by something factual to keep her guessing.  I try not to use too many things she has memorized visually so that she doesn't just "play the movie in her head". 

Now on to what information we record. 
1.  Animal sounds - real sounds or us saying them really silly or here
2.  Family members full names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays
3.  Days of the week, months of the year
4.  Colors of the rainbow
5.  Spelling words: cat, dog, mom, fish
6.  Appropriate social interactions "Hi, my name is Presley", "please"....
7.  Opposites
8.  Facts about our state: bird, flower, tree...
9.  Fruits versus vegetables
10. Five senses
11. Record bird's songs. On this one you have to say the name of each.
12. Following directions practice "touch your hair, mouth, eye. s".
13. ABC phonics.
14. Our dance routine songs.
15. Self esteem booster: you are smart, loved... or here is a cute story
16. Speech sounds you may be working on
17. Money values - a penny is worth 1 cent,...
17. Planets (song we like)
17. Math: 
      - counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction, even/odd numbers....
      - youtube videos: addition counting with exercies
      - read your flashcards you are working on
18.  Nursery rhymes:
      - I read her favorite nursery rhyme book
      - you tube videos
19.  Books:
     - Rainbow Fish
     - Hungry Catepillar
     - Ladybug girl
     - Move Over Rover
     - Pete the Cat
     - Frozen
     - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (to music though)
     - Disney's 5 minute bedtime stories
     - Andi Durkin has a great list of books for children on her website here.
     - We also checked out some at the library for my 6 year old read aloud
20.  Music - our favorite to disperse throughout
     - Readeez - super fun and informative. We have four of the CD's, but you can also check out some of the videos here.
     - Let it go 
     - Strawberry shortcake's Anything is Possible, which is our theme song
     - My Little Pony
     - Do Re Mi or the Sound of Music version
     - Elvis Presleys Suspicious Mind is one of Presley's favorites.
     - variety of instrument sounds: example
21.  Spanish words, colors, counting
22.  States/capitols.  Readeez has a great states song, Pledge of allegiance.
23.  Poems  or artists or fun sayings such as:
24.  Facts: animal facts, state facts (Arkansas for us),
25.  Religious information:
       -  Bible Cd from Readeez  
       -  ABC bible verses - we printed these free cards too
       -  Psalms 23
       - Ten Commandment Boogie
       - Right now media has a lot of Christian stories to see and hear
       - The rizers are on Right Now media and on youtube
       - Read stories from a children's bible
       - we recorded our night time prayer too
NACD will be starting a lending library soon.  See here for more information.
Here is an article about the importance of a good auditory environment.
Hope this gives you some ideas for your own child.  These are right for Presley, based on her NACD assessments, so please remember to use what is appropriate for your child and to check with your neurodevelopmentalist if you are on program.

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