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Listen with Mother


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A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
Occasionally the radio is disparaged for encouraging 'passive' listening, but concerning our under-fives nothing could be less just. We have much evidence of the lively impact of their listening, expressing itself in spontaneous activities which arise from the need to absorb their radio experiences, to discuss them with themselves and others, and to relate them to those of real life.
We received a very fine drawing of a steamship from a three-year-old boy who 'loved the stories about the Empress.' 'You will see,' wrote his mother, ' the foghorn on the left and Jim looking out of one porthole. He asked me whether the Empress has two or three funnels, but as it is the largest ship in the world he's decided on no less than three.' Thus our young artist is not only reproducing the elements in Ruth Simonis' stories, but reflecting upon and applying knowledge acquired elsewhere.
Daphne Oxenford retells these tales this week, followed, on Thursday and Friday, by Dorothy Smith, with Joan E. Cass's two very different but equally perceptive stories about a girl called Shirley and her two kittens.
Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor

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