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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 1 Practicing Quiet Purpose To help children experience quiet  Materials A variety of pictures of quiet and loud objects  Procedure Many children live in busy households where being loud is the norm. Even children who live in calm households need to learn that it’s good to be quiet sometimes. Knowing how to be quiet helps children listen, learn, and show respect. Here are some ways to engage children in identifying and engaging in quiet behavior: • Gather objects and pictures of objects that are either quiet or loud. Prepare two trays, each labeled with an image of a quiet or loud object and the words Quiet or Loud. Ask the children to sort the objects and pictures onto the appropriate tray. Or place the objects in a bag, pull them out one at a time, and ask the children to identify each one as loud or quiet. • Here are some examples of quiet and loud objects: Quiet Loud feathers bubbles stuffed toys cotton balls scarves picture of a mouse picture of a rabbit picture of a rainbow whistle drums honking horn cymbals picture of a train picture of a motorcycle picture of a garbage truck picture of lightning • Help the children identify differences between sounds by playing commercial listening games or by creating your own quiet and loud sounds on an audio recording. 4  Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL