Getting ready to walk in hallway

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  1. zoey'smom

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    I have used the same little rhyme for years to get them ready to walk in the hallway and it works great, but I am ready for new ideas.
    Can we share ideas on what works for you?
    Thanks

    Here is what I have used. I think I got it out of "Mailbox" years ago.

    Magic finger in the air
    Magic finger in my hair
    Magic finger on my hips
    Magic finger on my lips
     
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  3. minnie

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    when our hand are at our sides
    we stand up straight and tall
    mouths are closed, eyes look ahead
    and we're ready for the hall

    I've used that one for awhile and it always gets them nice and quiet for the hallway.
     
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    You say "My eyes are forward"
    They repeat
    You say "I'm standing tall"
    They repeat
    You say "My lips are zipped"
    They repeat
    You whisper "And I'm ready for the hall"
    They repeat
    ....but it doesn't make too much sense because their lips are supposed to be zipped, yet they're saying they're ready for the hall.
     
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    this is for on the way out:
    sing together in a normal voice
    "One, two, three all in a row
    When it's quiet, then we'll go"
    repeat softer
    repeat whispering
    all are silent and ready!
     
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    Teacher says: Eyes watching, ears listening, lips zipped, hands on hips

    Last year our binders were the FISH books (like BEAR & BEE books) so the children made a fish face to show they were ready to go
     
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    Thanks for the new ideas.
     
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    I do either "peace and quiet" (peace sign with one hand, other hand with one finger over lips) or "hips and lips" ( one pointer finger on hip, the other pointer finger on lips). I always add, "If anyone is not sure what they should be doing, look at...name a child who is following directions. " Usually everyone else will then do it too, so that I might just mention their name.
     
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    Our kinders do "hip and lip" with one hand on their hip and the other on their lip.
     
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    I did this when I was little!
     
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    Our children are required to walk with their hands behind their backs :( A couple of things I have used have been to take a piece of spaghetti and show how straight it is, etc. Then I take a piece and break into pieces and say "uh oh spaghetti-oh". We talk about how we want our line to be nice and straight. In the hall, if I see someone getting out of line I say uh oh spaghetti-oh. I have also carried a small pkg of mini marshmallows and when we get to our destination I give one out to each child who is being as quiet as a marshmallow while in the hall.
     
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    Just wondering...why don't you like this?

     
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    Love the Spaghetti idea. Thanks
     
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    We do "Hips and Lips"
     
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    I'm not the person who posted, but I wouldn't like them to have to walk with their hands behind their backs because it just isn't natural. They aren't soldiers, they are 5-year-olds! I do expect silence in the halls because it is respectful to other classes, and we walk in a line for the same reason, but my students can have their hands however they want to, as long as they aren't touching another person.
     
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    Do you feel the same way about hip and lip & peace and quiet? Just wondering. Our school puts up 3 fingers. I still don't know what they mean! But our kinder does the hip and lip. Toward the end of the year, my class did the behind the back. It worked really well. I had some kids who needed to do something with their hands so they wouldn't be swinging all around so I made it a whole class thing.
     
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    If they enjoy it and it's effective, I would go for it. I did the "bubbles" in the mouths this year and they thought it was fun. Completely not natural, but fun.

    I just don't want to be a drill seargant in the hallway. "Your finger must be on your hip!" Do kids really have to walk all the way to their destination with their fingers on their lips? Or is it just a readiness signal?

    As I said, as long as they are respectful, they can relax!
     
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    The kinder kids do at my school. It's not strongly enforced the whole year. They do the bubble thing sometimes.
     
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    You could just be the one saying "Now we are ready for the hall".
     
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    When we moved into our new building, we were told to have our kids walk with their hands behind their backs. I believe the thinking was this would keep the kids from putting their hands on the walls. I really would rather they have their hands down beside them. It does seem more prisoner-like and I have actually had kids begin to fall and not think fast enough to bring their hands out to catch themselves. Then, too, you have kids that are so afraid of doing anything wrong they would keep their hands behind their backs at all cost!
     
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    This year will be my first year teaching, and I am really nervous and having them ready to walk in the hall, especially the first day. My schedule has 10 minutes of homeroom, and then we go to art, then straight to PE. So the first hour of school, they aren't even in my classroom. I'm so nervous that they will be out of control!
     
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    I wouldn't worry! If they are out of control - it will be normal because they haven't been to school before. It sucks that you have specials first thing! At least you won't have lingering parents...
     
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    very true! I hadn't thought of it that way!
     
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    These are really cute ideas I am def. gonna use some of them... Thanks
     
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    I simply tell them to line up and stand quietly with hands by their sides facing forward . .after a few weeks they do this very well. someitmes I think we try to get too cutesy and need to just use plain words and simple directions
     
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    I tell my students to put marshmellows in their mouth and on their shoes. It works pretty well, but sometimes I get strange looks when my students are walking down the hall with their cheeks all puffed out!

    A kindergarten class I subbed in a few years ago, had this chant:

    Tootise Roll (sts. move their fists around each other)
    Lollipop (sts. pretend to have a lollipop)
    We've been talking (sts. pretend to talk with their hands)
    Now we stop (signal stop with your hands)

    For kindergarten, I found it to be pretty effective and to help get out all of their wiggles and giggles.
     
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    last year, I did hip/lips....this year I am exp;laing how porcupines have straight quills...our motto will be: Just like a porcupine, we are waiting in a line.

    I am just going to teach them that being quiet in the hall is the respectful way to be. If needed I will also reincorporate the finger on the lips.
     
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    love that spaghetti - oh!

    I say, "all set?"
    they say "you bet!"
    I say "ok"
    they say, "we're on our way!"

    that works too.
     
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    From Dr. Jean

    I use this when we line up:

    Lining up is easy to do
    When you take care of only you
    Feet together, hands by side
    We've got spirit, we've got pride!
    Sound off, 1 - 2
    Hit it again 3 - 4
    Ready now 1 - 2 -3 - 4
    Out the door!

    Its on one of Dr. Jean's CDs as the Line Up Cadence
     
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    I use Number Ones on your lips. I have them put their finger on their lips.
     

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