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The Art of Listening

Dear Parents of Maple Ridge School,
It is that time of year when decorations, lights, music, parties and events flood our world. Like many of you, I love the nostalgia that can overtake our senses. The smell of pine, the twinkle of house lights, the melodies in carols being sung and the taste of the cookies you only seem to bake once a year, all swirl together to both please and overwhelm our senses at the same time. I can’t think of a time of year that bombards our senses more than December.
I wonder, however, if this isn’t the perfect time of year to practice the art of listening. A time to break through all the noise, to simply stop and listen. Listening is a critical component of Alberta Education’s Program of Studies in English Language Arts. Listening is one of the stems on our report card, stating, ‘Constructs meaning and makes connections through listening.’ Listening is a pillar of effective communication. When we take time to slow down, reflect and intentionally practice the art of listening, stripping away all the other distractions, what we hear may surprise us, challenge us and most likely teach us. Teaching listening to children takes practice and time. I don’t have to look any further than my own children to know that sometimes getting them just to listen to and respond to their own name is a challenge. Students can listen for different instruments or sounds in songs that underscore a melody. Likewise, students can listen to a conversation or even a television program in order to summarize and respond to what it is they just heard. Just closing one’s eyes a relatively tranquil place like Fish Creek Park can reveal incredible sounds to hear.
Listening can also be an opportunity to be highly reflective, allowing us and our children to consider the message in what we hear and experience. Movies don’t make us laugh or cry just because of the words we hear but rather how we resonate with the message in the words. When you read with your child, ask them questions about the message of the text, not just the direct words. Listening in nature isn’t just about hearing birds, wind and flowing water; it can also lead to incredible wonderings and questions related to the sciences.
What does listening look like in your family? How are you practicing the art of listening with your children? How would bringing more intentionality to learning how to listen broaden your child’s skill set and potentially impact your own life? We love to read, we love to talk we often even love to write but do we love to listen?
Sincerely,
Brad Emery, Principal​

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Maple Ridge School

10203 Maplemont Rd SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1W3
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School Contacts

Principal
Mr Brad Emery
Assistant Principal
Ms Julie Ramsay
Area Director
Mrs Sylvie Monfette
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

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Grades
K-04
Enrolment
297
Programs
Science
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Morning Start
8:55 AM
Dismissal
3:35 PM
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