Do You Hear What I Hear?

Birth-6 Months

FromActivities for Responsive Caregiving,  Jean Barbre

What to have Suggested Books – Baby Sounds: A Baby-Sized Introduction to Sounds We Hear Everyday by Joy Allen – Baby’s First Sounds by Hinkler Books – Boom Boom, Beep Beep, Roar! My Sounds Book by David Diehl – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle – The Sounds around Town by Maria Carluccio – What’s That Noise? by Sally Rippin

What to do Outdoor environments offer endless opportunities for awakening the senses. Take an infant outdoors to listen for sounds, such as cars, trucks, children playing, people working, animals, birds, and the wind blowing through trees. Stop and name the sound you hear. Point in the direction of the sound or to the thing making the sound. See if the infant follows with his eyes. Spend time listening to each sound for several minutes. Then listen for a new sound. Read the suggested books, introduce the vocabulary words, and sing and chant with the infant.

Why LEARNING OUTCOMES Social-Emotional Development – Sense of self – Relationships with adults Physical Development – Perception Cognitive Development - Memory – Connecting experiences – Imitating others – Following simple directions Language Development - Concept words – Receptive language – Expressive language – Connecting words with real-world knowledge – Using language in play

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Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

By Jean Barbre Copyright 2013 Birth-6 Months

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