Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


“Alas for those who never sing,
but die with all their music in them.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Listening and Attention


Listening differs from hearing in that it is an intentional act. Listening activities that are brief, focusing on one sound at a time, allow children to practice the skills of attention and engaged listening.

Physical Play


Play that encourages learning through bodily sensations and movement. You can help children learn through activities that challenge their hand-eye coordination and improve both their gross and fine motor skills. Children that learn best through physical play are often athletic and enjoy sports, so the optimal items for this developmental benefit of play focus on manipulating objects, building, dancing, and role-playing or other forms of make believe that involve motion, action, and the working of big and small muscles.


Learning Styles

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I

— Benjamin Franklin

You may have heard people say, “I am a visual learner” or “I learn
better hands-on.” This is one of the reasons that sign language is
so beneficial. By pairing signs with speech, we utilize all
styles of learning – auditory (we hear the word spoken), visual (we
see the word signed), and kinesthetic (we form the sign ourselves).
When we use a variety of learning styles or techniques in order to
learn new concepts, we have a greater capacity to retain that
information. When we “involve” our children — they learn!!