Sensory exercises for the development of hearing

Offering children under 6 years of age a good sensory experience using practical exercises will help them activate the development of their nervous system, creating and forming new neural connections and stimulating them in an appropriate way.


Hearing Development in a Child: Music

Make sure to listen to music, sing, dance, and play musical instruments . From 2 years to 6, approximately, children have a period of development of the so-called musical ear, that is, they learn to capture the rhythm, the different tones and instruments they hear, etc. It is also intrinsically related to brain development, stimulating the regions that are responsible for mathematical ability and pattern recognition.

While listening to music, you can work on other essential aspects such as speech, teaching him to sing, or motor skills and coordination: dancing, moving freely or even learning simple movements and choreography, but only if he likes them. In addition, we can help you to recognize different musical instruments, as well as how the sound changes depending on the situation.

A good opportunity to develop your hearing is by playing a musical instrument. We can start in a simple way, with some bells, a triangle, a drum or some whistles.

We must remember that the sounds, the rhythm of music and the lyrics that you heard in your childhood will form the basis of your music education, and will be one of the first memories you will have when you grow up.

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Exercises in the development of Montessori hearing

Here are some simple exercises to develop hearing at an early age:

  • Use empty containers : To carry out the following activity we must use containers of different sizes and materials (plastic, metal, ceramic, wood or glass). The child will have to put different elements inside to catch the sound they make when they hit the surface of the container. For example, with a simple salad bowl we can gradually add grains of rice, chickpeas, beans, metallic elements such as coins or any other element that makes a different sound. We can do the same exercise by filling the container with a little water, or filling it little by little with different types of liquids.
  • Shake jars or jars : We will introduce different elements into a small jar or jar that can be hermetically closed with a lid, the best thing to start is that it be plastic and totally opaque to produce a clearer sound. Once the elements have been introduced, the child must shake it to hear the sound that is generated. The easiest thing is to have several colored jars and fill each one with something different such as sand, stones of different sizes, water, cereals, etc.
    • We can pretend that the child recognizes the element that it is, depending on the sound it makes when shaking it, simply closing its eyes, or looking for the jars that generate the same type of sound.
    • We can make the child order the jars from the quietest to the loudest and vice versa.
  • The game of silence: There is nothing more interesting than the sounds that are generated in our environment. By being silent we can pay more attention to the sounds that are normally “invisible” and, in addition, to develop hearing, with which we also develop self-discipline.

We can start in a simple way at home, making the child sit or lie down closing his eyes, without moving and without speaking. Nothing happens if you do not hold more than 30 seconds at the beginning, it is normal, little by little you will learn to relax. From that moment you should listen to the sounds around you, the ticking of the clock, electrical appliances that are working, our own footsteps on the ground or the birds that you can hear through the window.

After a while, the child will be able to tell us in a low voice what he is listening to at all times.

We must not forget that it is not necessary to force or persuade the child to do the exercises if he does not want to, otherwise he would lose all meaning. To do them it is important that you are interested and want to try. We can say: “Today I’m going to play something very interesting” or “Look, I have something new that you’ve never seen before.”

By performing these exercises the child will learn to pay attention to the sounds that surround him in his life and to distinguish them in a more subtle way, something very important at an early age.

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