Children's listening habits and skills are a good predictor of oral language profi ciency, reading and writing skills, and later school success. Good listening skills do not simply develop naturally--they must be taught and practiced--yet many teachers do not get training on how to teach children to listen. Using clear language and real-life examples, Mary Renck Jalongo explains why being an effective listener is a challenge--for adults as well as children--and provides researchbased suggestions for improving listening in the classroom and at home. Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn will help teachers to: - understand the components of listening - discover why children do or do not listen - actively listen to children and other adults - provide a rich oral language environment - help parents support their children's listening learning Children, especially in the preschool years, are ready to learn about becoming good listeners. This book is a welcome resource for teachers who wish to help them to do so.