Happy Birthday! Let’s get this fourth year started off right with some fun “auditory discrimination” activities. Auditory discrimination is the ability to hear and distinguish environmental sounds. Children need to acquire auditory discrimination skills before they can learn and completely understand letter-sound relationships (b says “b-b-b”, m says “mmmm”), which is a critical step in future reading instruction. Ask your child to close his eyes. Make a sound (clap, tap a foot, pat the table, etc.) then ask your child to repeat the sound. Try two sounds in a row and ask her to repeat. Try three sounds. How high can you go?