When you say your preschooler’s name, your child has learned to “listen and categorise” the sound of your voice to understand: “What I am doing is okay and everyone likes it;” OR “Something is wrong,29 and I need to change what I am doing.”
That’s actually a good thing. Sorting and categorising sounds strengthens your child’s listening acuity or your child’s ability to hear and understand clearly. In Kindermusik, we use music and movement to give your child many opportunities to practice sorting and categorising sounds. So, when we explore the different sounds of drums and label them loud or soft or use shakes to imitate weather sounds in “Jingle Bell Symphony,” or even when we move fast or slow with the scarves on “Leaves in the Wind,” your child is practising sorting and categorising sounds. All this practice ultimately leads to better phonemic awareness, communication skills, and even boosts reading abilities.
Everyday Connection: Is that a bird or a plane? Take turns listening to the sounds outside your own windows. Then determine if the sound is loud or soft or an animal…or not. You can practice categorising sounds almost anywhere!