Ideas anyone?

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  1. lmb45

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    I am a preschool teacher looking for some new attention-getting ideas. For example, before lunch we do the "open and shut them..." and it works sooo well. I need things like that for lining up, cleaning up, and any other times of the day that need fun little riddles. I appreciate any suggestions!
     
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  3. Lainie

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    We use songs for everything.

    Just to get them to pay attention (to "If you're happy and you know it"):
    Put your finger in the air, in the air
    Put your finger in the air, in the air
    Put your finger in the air, then we place it right there (over lips)
    Put your finger in the air, in the air

    I'm not sure if this is what you had in mind, but if you need more I can post them.
     
  4. Play to Learn

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    When the children get loud and I need their attention I sing softly.
    "Are you listening, are you listening,
    To my words, to my words,
    I need to know your listening, I need to know your listening
    Sing with me, Sing with me."
    You sing it until all or most of the children are singing with you then give your directions.
    I also bought a sign that looks like a stop sign but it says quiet. I hold it up when I am ready to start circle time or give directions. ( I told the lady at the school supply store I was going to return it if it did not work) LOL Well it works I am as suprised as you.
     
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    Yes, these are exactly what I had in mind. Where do you find them?Keep them coming!
     
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    hi Laine,
    real great ideas for classroom management!!!
    this idea to get them to pay attention is great. what abt something when they form a line to go out or home?
    the one to make them listen too is good ...shall surely try these out next academic year
    thanx, gita
     
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    i find either a line of tape on the floor works or if i line up with them. also, counting to 10 means they need to hurry up cleaning up, lining up and to quieten down.
     
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    I have found the most ridiculous way of getting them to clean up. When it is time to clean up, I call them over to me. I have several sticks(like the jumbo Popsicle sticks,) and on each one I write an area of the room to clean up. I hand them the stick and they literally RUN to do the cleaning!!!!!......even if they hadn't played in that area! I tell them that when they bring the stick back to me, I will check the area and see how it looks. It works every single time....no one fights and they are so proud of what they do!!!!
     
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    My favorite attention-getter-- open/close hands as instructed:

    Open them, shut them
    Open them, shut them
    Give a little clap (**clap clap**)
    Open them, shut them
    Open them, shut them
    Put them in your lap.
    Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
    Right up to your chin.
    Open up your little mouth, but do not put them in!
    Open them, shut them
    Open them, shut them
    Reach them way up high!
    Open them, shut them
    Open them, shut them
    Let them wave goodbye ("hide" hands behind your back)
     
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    At the begining of circle time I have used:

    (Children are standing)
    (do actions while singing)
    My hands upon my head I place
    On my shoulders and on my face
    And at my waist and by my side
    And then behind me they will hide (whisper this line)
    (pause for a couple seconds)
    BUT I CAN RAISE THEM WAY UP HIGH (LOUD voice) (hands high over head)
    And let my fingers fly fly fly (wave hands & wiggle fingers)
    And then I'll clap just one, two three
    And see how quiet they can be (whisper) (during this line children sit down cris-cross and put hands in lap)
     
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    thanks for the ideas on class management ....will surely try to adapt these in my class the next academic year.
     
  12. Lainie

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    My cleanup song:

    To 'The Farmer in the Dell'

    A helper I will be
    A helper I will be
    There's lots of work to do today
    A helper I will be.

    And for circle time (to "Row, row, row your boat")

    Ssh, sshh, quiet please
    Let's all gather near find a shape (for us, maybe friend) and sit right down,
    circle time is here.


    And for lining up, we use a transition question for whoever is sitting nicely: "Autumn, tell me the letter V sound... Very good. You may stand up behind Geoffrey."
     
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    When we are getting ready to do floor work I ask for criss cross applesauce. If I need their attention for a lesson where we are using crayons I ask them to hold up their favorite color to show me they are ready. As I call out names of those ready other will begin to get ready as well. One of my subs introduced "give me five" for quite. They raise five fingers and are then quiet to listen. It works better for her than for me most of the time.LOL
     

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