Storytime listening exercise | Hands-on Activity | Kids of Integrity (2023)


Parents' guide

If you've been wondering how to begin developing your child's character, or if your past efforts haven't been as successful as you'd hoped, we're excited that you're checking outKids of Integrity.

Suitable for ages three to ten,Kids of Integrityis designed for maximum kid appeal! Each lesson features Bible-based discussions plus crafts, games and object lessons from science, nature and even home cooking.

As you may already suspect, this is not a "once-a-day-around-the-table" approach to building godly character.Kids of Integrityis a diverse selection of ideas for kid-captivating experiences that can take place in the car, in the park or wherever you happen to be. The goal is to bring Jesus into every aspect of your family's life and make spiritual formation an integral part of your children's daily routine.

Families particularly appreciateKids of Integrity'sinherent flexibility. You tailor the lessons to suit your children's unique needs and interests, and your family's busy schedule. Whether you decide to do a little or a lot, what's important is that you have begun intentionally encouraging your kids to be their best for Jesus.

How to use the ideas presented in Kids of Integrity

You don't have to be "super spiritual" to use Kids of Integrity effectively. What does matter, however, is that you recognize that God is the only One who can bring about lasting change in your children. For this reason, we encourage you to make prayer a priority as you select lesson ideas, prepare yourself to present each lesson, and work through each activity with your children. You'll find plenty of sample prayers in each Kids of Integrity lesson to guide you.

Where to begin

First, prayerfully decide which character attribute you should focus on. Ask God to help you determine which dimensions of His character He would like to see developed in your children. Then read through the lesson ideas provided for that particular attribute. Note that you don't need to cover all the content provided. Rather, each lesson presents a "smorgasbord" of ideas for you to pick and choose from. Just select the activities, stories and memory verses that will be most relevant, interesting and age-appropriate for your children.

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Many families find that a week is about the right length of time to spend on a single attribute, but some families extend the lesson over a longer period. Monitor your children's interest level, moving on before it begins to decline.

Lesson components

Each character trait lesson has ten different components which are explained further below. We recommend that you commit yourself and your children in prayer first, then compile your lesson plan. It's also a good idea to focus on the memory verse, Bible stories and kick-off craft early in your lesson. The remainder of the lesson components can be completed in any order.

  • Planning tools
  • Parents' prayer
  • Kids talk with God
  • Speak a blessing
  • Memory verses
  • Kick-off craft
  • Bible stories
  • Creative discipline
  • Hands-on options
  • Recommended resources

Planning tools

Every character trait lesson provides two blank planning cards. As you review the idea options for each lesson, use a planning card to note the ones you would like to try. This will be your framework for your lesson and serves as a reminder during the week. Use either the point form or calendar form of the planning card – whichever suits your needs best.

Parents' prayer

The parents’ prayer section will help you make personal prayer your priority. At the start, and throughout each lesson, pray that God will work in your children through your lesson activities. Aim to regularly pray through the parents’ prayer of your choice, or use these ideas as a guideline for your personal prayer.

Kids talk with God

The kids talk with God section will help kids learn to pray and to invite the Holy Spirit to help them change their attitudes and actions. As problems come up during the day, suggest talking to God about them.

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Speak a blessing

Changing old habits is hard work, and your child will need encouragement. This section will remind you to affirm your child when you see him or her choosing God-honouring actions.

Memory verses

We suggest that you choose at least one verse of Scripture to memorize early in your lesson. Aim to review it at least once every day.

Kick-off craft

Once you have selected your memory verse, try to complete the kick-off craft early in the course of your lesson, since the activity is a good way to introduce your chosen character attribute. The resulting artwork will provide a focal point and a reminder of your theme for the remainder of your lesson.

Bible stories

As you read your preferred Bible story, try to bring the story to life for your children. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Use toys to act out the story. Then, have your kids act out the story themselves as you read it once more.
  • Select one or two props for an object lesson. For example, have each child hold a rock as you read about hard-heartedness.
  • Read with exaggerated expression, projecting intense excitement or quiet tenderness, as appropriate.
  • Try different times of the day for your Bible story. Kids who are tired at bedtime may quickly forget the details.

Creative discipline

Even young children need to be taught the truth about sin and its consequences, and the rewards God promises for those who repent and make better decisions in the future. The Scripturally-based ideas in this section will help you convey the message, "I love you and God loves you, but we cannot put up with your sin." They'll also help you to ensure your child understands what they did wrong, and to stress forgiveness and affirmation.

Hands-on options

The activities listed in the hands-on options section help you turn everyday situations and tasks into fun, creative lessons for your children. Every lesson presents at least eight hands-on options for you to choose from; some lessons have many more. If you are viewing lesson content on the website, you can filter the hands-on activities if you wish. For example, you can filter the hands-on options to view only “physical activities.” (Filtering capability is not available within the PDF provided for each lesson.)

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Recommended resources

Each character trait lesson includes a list of books, DVDs and CDs you may wish to use to reinforce the trait you are studying. Of course, there are many such resources available, but you can be confident that the titles in this short list convey messages that are consistent with Biblical truth. If you are viewing the lesson content online, you'll find the list of recommended resources on the lesson contents page.

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Storytime listening exercise

Drama / Role play

Take turns telling a story. When the story has finished, invite a child to summarize the story.

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Goal: Practice listening skills.

During a family meal or while driving in the car, take turns telling a story. When the story is finished, have someone else summarize the story. Talk about how much we appreciate it when others listen to our stories.

When it is your turn to tell a story, you might choose to tell the following story to help your children understand the importance of listening. Follow up with the questions for discussion afterwards.

Once upon a time there was a little boy who did not like to listen to his mother or father. They had given him some wise advice. They told him that if he were to run onto the street he could be hit by a car and get hurt very badly. One day he was playing in front of his house and chased a ball (or butterfly) out onto the street. His mom called out, “Stop!” but the boy did not listen. Instead he ran right in front of a car. It could not stop and it ran right into him. He was hurt so badly that he almost died. If he had listened to his parents he would not have been hurt.

Questions for discussion
  • How do we feel when others don’t listen?
  • What things did you do to help you remember the story so that you could repeat it?
  • What else can we do to become better listeners?

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How will you make use of stories to develop the students listening skills? ›

Using Story Time to Teach Listening Skills
  • Giving them toys to hold that are related to the story.
  • Imitating animal sounds in the story.
  • Saying the repeated parts of the story.
  • Appealing to personal interests.
  • Encouraging talking about the story with the reader.

How do you play the game of listening? ›

One person begins by whispering a sentence to the next person. They then have to whisper it to their neighbour and so on until the last person announces the sentence out loud. The first person should write down their sentence so that they can show the players what they actually said.

What are appropriate talking and listening games for children? ›

Play games such as "Red-Light Green-Light," "Mama, Puedo," and "Simon Says" that require talking, listening, following directions, and giving directions. Begin talking, singing, and reading frequently to your children when they are babies. Set aside a special time each day to read aloud to your children.

What are the 5 simple exercises for better listening? ›

Follow the acronym, RASA:

Receive: Pay attention to the speaker. Appreciate: Making small noises like “mmm” to show you are listening. Summarize: Reflect back what you heard. Ask: Ask questions and be curious after they finish speaking.

What are 5 good practices of active listening? ›

They all help you ensure that you hear the other person, and that the other person knows you are listening to what they say.
  • Pay attention. Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message. ...
  • Show that you are listening. ...
  • Provide feedback. ...
  • Defer judgment. ...
  • Respond Appropriately.

What do children learn when listening to stories? ›

Stories have so much to offer: they develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, create a sense of wonder and help sequence events.

What skills do storytelling help develop? ›

Reading and sharing stories can:
  • help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills.
  • learn to value books and stories.
  • spark your child's imagination and stimulate curiosity.
  • help develop your child's brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills.
14 Dec 2020

What is the importance of listening to stories? ›

Hearing stories from your imagination helps kids form pictures in their mind and use their own imagination. These skills will help kids picture and understand words when they read books independently.

What are the 7 skills for active listening? ›

7 active listening techniques
  • Focus on the intent and purpose of the conversation. ...
  • Pay attention to body language. ...
  • Give encouraging verbal cues. ...
  • Clarify and paraphrase information. ...
  • Ask questions. ...
  • Refrain from judgment. ...
  • Summarize, share, and reflect.
31 May 2022

What are the 4 steps of active listening? ›

The listening process involves four stages: receiving, understanding, evaluating, and responding.

What are the examples of listening activity? ›

Listening Activities for Elementary Students
  • Draw this. For younger students, or for students first being introduced to active listening, start with something hands-on and familiar, like drawing. ...
  • Don't speak twice. ...
  • Simon says. ...
  • Telephone. ...
  • Popcorn storytelling. ...
  • My favorite toss. ...
  • Audio stories.
20 Apr 2022

What are the types of listening activities? ›

7 types of listening skills
  • Informational listening.
  • Discriminative listening.
  • Biased listening.
  • Sympathetic listening.
  • Comprehensive listening.
  • Empathetic or therapeutic listening.
  • Critical listening.

What are the 6 basic steps for active listening? ›

The six facets of effective listening are: 1) paying attention, 2) monitoring for non-verbal communications, 3) paraphrasing and repeating back, 4) making no assumptions, 5) encouraging the communicator to speak and, 6) visualizing the message you're receiving.

What are the 3 keys to effective listening? ›

John Scott DTM
  • Be Present – this is the beginning of listening and the toughest to master. ...
  • Be Empathetic – try to put yourself in the other person's shoes. ...
  • Be Reflective – by using reflective language in your responses you show that you are not only listening but hopefully understanding what is being said.
7 Sept 2016

What are the 10 rules for good listening? ›

10 tips for active listening
  • Face the speaker and have eye contact. ...
  • “Listen” to non-verbal cues too. ...
  • Don't interrupt. ...
  • Listen without judging, or jumping to conclusions. ...
  • Don't start planning what to say next. ...
  • Don't impose your opinions or solutions. ...
  • Stay focused. ...
  • Ask questions.

What are the 8 active listening skills? ›

8 Key techniques for becoming an active listener
  • Pay close attention.
  • Use body language.
  • Ask and give feedback.
  • Don't interrupt.
  • Paraphrase what has been said.
  • Show interest with questions.
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Be comfortable with silence.
19 Jan 2022

How do children benefit from learning stories? ›

The stories provide insight into the best way to plan for a more meaningful curriculum. The stories become part of the child's portfolio and capture moments in the child's daily life that will create a comprehensive profile of a particular child.

How do stories help children boost their confidence? ›

Reading aloud is key to building a kid's language skills — but telling tales about your own life helps, too. Studies show that hearing a parent's personal stories also boosts children's resilience, self-esteem, and self-control — and helps them feel closer to kin.

What benefits do children gain from listening to books aloud? ›

Reading aloud to kids has clear cognitive benefits. For example, brain scans show that hearing stories strengthens the part of the brain associated with visual imagery, story comprehension, and word meaning.

What are the 4 elements of good storytelling? ›

The four elements necessary for your story structure are character, plot, setting, and tension. Balancing these elements is the first step to making your creative writing amazing.

What are 3 purposes of storytelling? ›

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.

What are two tips to practice storytelling? ›

If you're just getting started writing and telling stories, here are some storytelling tips that can help you strengthen your narratives and engage your audience:
  • Choose a clear central message. ...
  • Embrace conflict. ...
  • Have a clear structure. ...
  • Mine your personal experiences. ...
  • Engage your audience. ...
  • Observe good storytellers.
7 Sept 2021

What is the value of telling and listening to stories? ›

They help people make sense of the world--life's experiences, dilemmas and hardships. Stories can educate, inspire and build rapport. They are a means of communicating, recreating, and helping preserve cultures [2] by translating memories into a more concrete manner that can be handed down verbally or in written form.

Why storytelling is important to a child? ›

Encourages enthusiasm for learning, writing and reading

As they learn through the process and content of storytelling, children begin to learn to love learning and associate it with a fun activity. This is important for encouraging a healthy perspective on learning and school later on in life.

What is the purpose of storytelling? ›

Stories bring facts to life, make the abstract concrete and, through meaning making, walk the listener through the mind of the scientist or mathematician (Ellis, 2005) to understand the value and application of such concepts. Wells (1986) argued that storytelling is a fundamental means of meaning making.

What are the 3 common attributes of listening? ›

Psychologist Carl Rogers emphasized that respect, empathy, and genuineness are three “core conditions” that undergird quality listening. We think of this combination of facilitative qualities as the “listening spirit.” This is the foundation on which effective listening rests.

What are the 5 stages of listening? ›

Listening is an active process by which we make sense of, assess, and respond to what we hear. The listening process involves five stages: receiving, understanding, evaluating, remembering, and responding.

What are the 3 E's of active listening? ›

Listening is the ability to concentrate on meaning. There are three levels of listening: zoned out, efficient, and effective.

What are the 5 types of listening? ›

They are active listening, critical listening, informational listening, empathetic listening, and appreciative listening. Each type of listening has a purpose that can be useful in different situations or relationships.

What are the 7 stages of listening? ›

Seven Stages of Listening
  • Ignoring completely.
  • Pretending to listen.
  • Listening selectively.
  • Listening to respond.
  • Listening to understand.
  • Listening to learn.
  • Listening for the intersection where someone else's experience meets our experience on which we can build trust.
9 Apr 2010

What are four 4 techniques you could use to communicate expectations to children? ›

Try these nine tips to practice your verbal and nonverbal communication skills:
  • Active listening. Listening actively helps children to feel heard and understood. ...
  • Reflective listening. ...
  • Speaking clearly. ...
  • Avoiding bribes. ...
  • Explaining feelings. ...
  • Using 'noticing' statements. ...
  • Having fun together. ...
  • Focusing on behaviour.

What are four 4 strategies you could use to communicate and build relationships with children? ›

To encourage positive communication with children, here are some powerful tips.
  • Listen to understand. A preschool child will either share in detail what they know when re-sharing a story or they may only give basic information about the event. ...
  • Bend to their level. ...
  • Acknowledge their feelings. ...
  • Control your response. ...
  • Be Clear.

What are the 6 types of communication activities? ›

Types of Communication
  • Verbal Communication. Verbal communication encompasses all communication using spoken words, or unspoken words as in the case with sign language. ...
  • Nonverbal Communication. ...
  • Written Communication. ...
  • Visual Communication. ...
  • Listening.

What are 4 tips to improve listening skills? ›

How can you improve your active listening skills?
  • Consider eye contact. ...
  • Be alert, but not intense. ...
  • Pay attention to nonverbal signs, such as body language and tone. ...
  • Make a mental image of what the speaker is saying. ...
  • Empathise with the speaker. ...
  • Provide feedback. ...
  • Keep an open mind.
9 Mar 2022

How do you practice listening in the classroom? ›

Below are some fun and interactive ways to provide listening practice in your lessons.
  1. Listen and draw a story. ...
  2. Adjectives draw. ...
  3. Blindfold walk. ...
  4. Listening with flashcards. ...
  5. Secret Message. ...
  6. Guess what it is. ...
  7. Put in order. ...
  8. Listening dialogs.
8 Jan 2013

What are the methods of teaching the listening skills? ›

Here are 7 Teaching Strategies to Increase Your Student's Listening Skills (and, consequently, their learning)
  • Model Good Listening For Your Students. ...
  • Use Reflective Listening… ...
  • Give Students A Voice… ...
  • Get Everyone's 'Voice In The Room'. ...
  • Talk Less. ...
  • Use 'Cold Calling'. ...
  • Listen And Learn From Students About Their Behaviour.

What are the 3 basic skills of listening? ›

Listening is a conscious activity based on three basic skills: attitude, attention, and adjustment. These skills are known collectively as triple-A listening. A positive attitude paves the way for open-mindedness.

What are 3 effective listening skills? ›

There are five key active listening techniques you can use to help you become a more effective listener:
  • Pay Attention. Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message. ...
  • Show That You're Listening. ...
  • Provide Feedback. ...
  • Defer Judgment. ...
  • Respond Appropriately.

What is the most effective listening method? ›

10 tips for active listening
  • Face the speaker and have eye contact. ...
  • “Listen” to non-verbal cues too. ...
  • Don't interrupt. ...
  • Listen without judging, or jumping to conclusions. ...
  • Don't start planning what to say next. ...
  • Show that you're listening. ...
  • Don't impose your opinions or solutions. ...
  • Stay focused.

What are 2 tips to becoming a good listener? ›

Here's a “cheat sheet” with nine helpful tips:
  1. Repeat people's last few words back to them. ...
  2. Don't “put it in your own words” unless you need to. ...
  3. Offer nonverbal cues that you're listening — but only if it comes naturally to you. ...
  4. Pay attention to nonverbal cues. ...
  5. Ask more questions than you think you need to.
21 Dec 2021

What is the importance of listening? ›

Not only does listening enhance your ability to understand better and make you a better communicator, it also makes the experience of speaking to you more enjoyable to other people.

What are the examples of listening activities? ›

Listening Activities for Elementary Students
  • Draw this. For younger students, or for students first being introduced to active listening, start with something hands-on and familiar, like drawing. ...
  • Don't speak twice. ...
  • Simon says. ...
  • Telephone. ...
  • Popcorn storytelling. ...
  • My favorite toss. ...
  • Audio stories.
20 Apr 2022

What are the 4 types of listening styles? ›

4 Types of Listening
  • Deep Listening. Deep listening occurs when you're committed to understanding the speaker's perspective. ...
  • Full Listening. Full listening involves paying close and careful attention to what the speaker is conveying. ...
  • Critical Listening. ...
  • Therapeutic Listening.

What are the 5 steps in the model of listening? ›

The listening process involves five stages: receiving, understanding, evaluating, remembering, and responding. These stages will be discussed in more detail in later sections.


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