Listening Power Preschool from Hamaguchi Apps is a comprehensive app that addresses listening skills at different levels. It can be used to prepare the preschool child for coping in an academic learning environment or it can be used for language delayed children and English second language learners.
The following activities are available:
- Listening to Descriptions
- Listening for Directions
- Listening for Grammar & Meaning
- Listening for Stories with Pictures
- Listening for Stories without Pictures
Each of the activities has 3 levels. Easy, Intermediate and Advanced. There is also the option to give the student 2, 3 or 4 picture choices when making a response.
Listening for Descriptions
This activity targets adjectives and descriptive language. For example colors, size concepts (longest/shortest/little), emotions, and descriptors (curly, crunch, straight)
Listening for Directions
- The following concepts are addressed in this task
- Prepositions such as in, under, behind etc
- Spatial concepts such as lowest, highest etc
- Linguistic concepts such as all, both, second, pair etc
- Typical classroom directions e.g. find the first star in the row
Listening for Grammar & Meaning
This activity addresses grammatical elements of language such as pronouns, plurals, verb tenses, prepositional phrases, “Wh- questions e.g. who is…, what can you read?… where do you…? which one has….?
Listening to Stories with Pictures
This activity uses a story with a few pictures and sound effects that maintain the child’s interest in the story. There is the option to pause the story at any point during the narration. Once the story is complete, the child is given a series of questions to answer. There is also an option to hear the story again by tapping the ‘back to story’ button in the top left corner.
Listening to Stories without Pictures
This activity is the same as the one above except the student is not shown pictures during the story although there are some sound effects during the narration.
Students are rewarded with a bubble game where they have to find the bubble with their ‘prize. This feature can be turned on or off in settings.
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Progress can be tracked and reports emailed at the end of the session. The progress reports show which items are correct and which items the child missed. This allows the therapist focus on specific areas of difficulty.
Good listening skills are one of the most important foundations for learning. Many children experience difficulties in the classroom because they do not know how to listen!