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  1. punchinello

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    I'm running out of ideas for when I want the kids to line up, go to centers, etc. I've exhausted the "if you are wearing the color red, please go get your folder" or "if your favorite___is___, please line up".

    A great first grade teacher I know always had clever ways to dismiss...they really had to think before they moved. But she had a number for each child and used those numbers a lot...odd, even, greater/less than. "If your class number is less than 7+3, please line up".

    What are some good ones for 4,5 year olds?
    Thanks for any ideas.
     
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  3. sarzacsmom

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    when I am helping them learn their addresses, parents names, phone numbers etc . . I use that info----if your address is _____, if your mom's name is ____________ this makes them ahve to listen, think and recall the info so it helps reinforce the information as well. Youcould spell their names too---recognizing their names by hearing it spelled out is a real challenge but they will get it pretty quick
     
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    How do you guys make this work? I have 20 students and when I do things like this, it takes so long that the ones who line up first are going bonkers before everyone is in line.
     
  5. punchinello

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    I like the name, address, mother's name, etc. idea! Although it would go slowly, since everyone's is different.

    forkids, I have 14. I've used the # of letters in their names... everyone was either 4,5,or 6 letters. Just 3 groups. I don't leave much time in between, so it really just spaces them out a little bit. But it's still chaos at the coat rack, believe me. I just try to avoid a mad rush of all 14 at once.
     
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    1. "If you're wearing a belt..."
    2. "If you're wearing pants..."
    3. "If you're wearing something in your hair..."
    4. "If you like playing on the swings..."
    5. "If you brought a lunch box..."
    6. "If your name begins with a vowel..."

    :love:
     
  7. tracie_7

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    i have 22 4 and 5 year olds. i sing a little song:
    "if you are a boy stand up. if you are a boy sit down. if you are a boy stand up, hop to get in line right now." and so on w/ the girls. they really get a kick out of it when i have them stand and sit, stand and sit. it holds their interest!
     
  8. WaProvider

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    If you have a brother......
    If you went to buy groceries last night......
    If you have a pet.......

    You might not really know if these are true answers or not-but at least it would dismiss slower.
     
  9. Master Pre-K

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    Transitions

    It's called transitioning, and should be part of every pre-k program. Children need a warning, and some smooth 'transition' to the next activity. Just like we need an on ramp to the expressway...we don't just dive into the traffic.

    You can transition with any activity you wish. Be creative, use your theme. Look at a child and do what comes to your head.

    Two thoughts on clothing and colors. 1. If your school uses uniforms, that won't work...so you need to have a variety of tricks in your bag. 2. High scope will say don't as convergent questions that only have one answer...because they child will feel put on the spot if he doesn't know. If he says my shirt is blue and it is black, then (the specialists) they say his self esteem is broken!

    I say, do what works, and try other things. You need them to walk quietly in the halls, but that is not appropriate for little ones. So do a silent song, hand motions, or your favorite finger play while walking down the hall.

    By the way, I have lots of success with animal actions. Follow up with the character from your book. "I see some children looking at me! I see a Kyra bird looking at me... go fly to your cot. I see a Michael horse, gallop to your cot."
     
  10. WaProvider

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    I agree with your transition discussion on this thread. I wondered why I never used these tricks to get things done? Now I know. I just transition other ways.

    We transition with phnemonic games. When you are singing the rhyming song like "Down by the Bay" one child will give you the first part of the rhyme and then stop. The child that can give you the second part of the rhyme is the one who gets to wash or set the table or whatever, it is sort of like the insey meensey mini moo game when I was a kid on recess. We practice the song a million times and then we have a picture up near the area so that the children who can't just rhyme freely yet (due to developmental stages) can use other cues and they all know that they will go to the next task-we are just making a line. so we don't crash. When we get to the end and there are just the children who honestly can't rhyme yet, I do the lead in and then point to the picture of the item that needs to be next.

    The song helps the children who aren't read get to participate. They sing the repetive parts with us, and then they aren't just sitting and stressing.

    Slows us down, cheers us up and gets the job done.

    We also play a game that includes ABC's in a basket w/a scarf on top. The basket gets slid across the floor at you (that makes you squeal) and you get to pick out a magnet letter. Then if you know it you can say it. If you don't you can pick a friend to ask. They say it, you say it and we all do the zoophonics move and sing a little ditty about the sound. Then the next person chooses and you wash.
     
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    I use a lot of the transitioning activities, but when I have to get "there" fast. I have them line up when I call the color of the group they belong to. There are only 4 groups and 4 or 5 students in each group. (blue group line up, red group...) (sometimes they tippy toe, shuffle, hop like a ...., walk like a ...., etc. but they always hold a bubble in their mouth when they do it.) ;)
     
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    What tune do you use? I like this but can't quite come up with the tune this morning... guess I'm tired.:eek:
     
  13. Master Pre-K

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    WaProvider... can you tell me more about insey mensy mini moo?

    Haven't heard of that one! :D
     
  14. Master Pre-K

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    actually, Greg and Steve have a good song for that... it's called Shapes. I don't remember which cd has it... probably one of those We all Live Together ones, or Kids In Action.

    Anyway, it's like tgi says...


    You give out shapes to all kids, and they listen and jump up when they are called.

    "If you have a circle stand up. If you have a square stand up. Then everybody sit down." (or in your case...go to your seats, cots, cubbies)
     
  15. Miss J. Pre-K

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    "If you're wearing a _____________ line up at the door."
    "If your name starts with _____ line up."
    "If your birthday is in ___________ line up."

    Also, I reinforce concepts. "I'm holding up a shape (color, letter, day of the week, month, etc.). When you raise a quiet hand, I'll call on you to tell me the shape, then you can line up." --works with my fours

    We are also going to start having small groups during centers, so the children will be called by their group number. They also have individual numbers (based on their last name) that they are learning from their cubbies and their toothbrushes, so I'll start using that as well.
     
  16. WaProvider

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    ohhh, I haven't heard it since I was a child. It still comes up on the playgrounds sometimes. You remember, it is how you chose who was next to do something at recess? No teachers. Something about catching a tiger by the tail and so on. I was just saying the feeling of our transition is like that, not like a spelling bee where you have to know the answers. It is very flowing and everyone knows the way it works. No one is worried about who will be chosen next.
     
  17. sarzacsmom

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    for quieter trips down the hall I like to use things like -"lets be quiet little mice or "can we be so very quiet that Miss Eva can't even tell we are here? they love to try sneaking past another class room---
     
  18. Master Pre-K

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    oh, like Michelle took the cookie from the cookie jar!

    who me?
    yes you!
    couldn't be!
    then who?

    then that child picks somebody else! I have seen this game go on until they picked teachers, and other classes passing in the hall!

    also...you can use flash cards for transition.

    hold up numbers, ABCs, colors, shapes, etc. First child to answer correctly can line up! Fun while learning!!
     
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    they love compliments. everyone likes the modeling technique. "I love the way Brian is sitting criss/cross applesauce. " Everyone will sit up nice and tall!

    you know, I am going to ask my princpal if we can get 'catch them while you are good' tickets! we get compliments from other teachers, but older kids can win tickets for good behavior and compliments.

    I will ask about this!!

    :)
     
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    if you're wearing stripes
    if you're wearing polka dots
    if you're wearing long sleeves
    if you're wearing a cartoon character
    if you have blue eyes, brown, black
    if you're wearing socks
     
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    When working on certain letters, I sing the Willaby Wallaby Woo song using that beginning sound. If it is W, it goes willaby wallaby wyan, come line up Ryan. If it is B, it goes billaby ballaby byan, come line up Ryan. The children love to call out the rhyming name, and usually has them all listening for their name.
     
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    I love these songs.... but I must be musically challenged. I have no idea how these songs go. My kids think every song is on a CD or goes to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.... :whistle: (well, not really, we do sing a lot, but I'm surprised that I'm out of it with these....)


    Master PreK - I do know the shape song by Greg and Steve. I'll try it.
     
  23. WaProvider

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    yes, the eeny meeney miney mo song is like that cookie jar one a bit. And yes right when the children get to the next child to choose the speaking child moves and the singing child calls the next child. Ella Jenkins has a ton of these - and then you can just go to that dusty part of your brain and dredge up those theather ball choosing songs from your own playground and put them in. This has all sorts of learning.

    I love our ABC choosing transition (it is above)

    We also love our "and then there 3" transitions. See the children are often 3 when they figure out the decending number pattern and can predict. So we use a rhyme like the 5 little leaves, or whatever decending rhyme we are working with that month. Sing or say the verse and when you get to the "then there was......" the child that knows gets to be the leaving item. Start the rhyme again and send out the next child. the leaving child also has to leave as the leaf would, or whatever the item was. They love it. And they all want to be #3. So that is why they call those rhymes "and then there were 3".
     
  24. Master Pre-K

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    does anyone play music all day? part of this brain-based stuff they are now promoting... probably been around for awhile. I think it can be very distracting...yet calming.

    wish we took naps! I would put on the smooth jazz station or some classic music in a minute!!

    I'm going to try it this week. I'm sure my aide will interfere!
     
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    I always play different kinds of music in the classroom while the children are working. Some of it is relaxation, classical, light jazz, you name it. It's all instrumental, though. They love it!
     
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    I think the music all day idea depends a lot on the kinds of children you have in your room. I have had very ADD and Autistic people for the last few years. Our low ratio is something that draws them to our room. It is fine, but it changes things. This year they all are in our school child group and we are without them during the day. So the other day we turned on the background music just to see how this group would like it. For this group I think it will work, after the intial urge to dance at non dancing times reduces.

    In the previous years though, I couldn't have spoken to the children while it was on due to them listening or they would have alternately been holding their ears due to the extra noise.
     
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    eeny meeny miney mo catch a tiger by the toe If he hollars let him go. Out goes Y-O-U ! whoever you stop at on the letter U gets to line up.
     
  28. WaProvider

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    Yep, but when I was a kid the end was "I pick you". Same song, same idea. That is what I was trying to remember. We pick lots of things with that game idea rather than I dispatch idea. Thanks for helping me remember. I wanted people to see those children standing by the teather ball working it out, rather than a lot of children hoping to get picked and running to where they are to be.
     
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    I play classical music all day. I LOVE the Baby Einstein CD's. Right now my CD of choice is Mozart for Babies. Babies, 4 year olds, it is the same Mozart songs! My kids love them, if I forget to turn the music on, they will actually ask me, "Can you put on the music?"

    The great thing about the Baby Einstein CDs is that so many parents are playing the DVDs at home, so the kids recognize the songs. They don't know the name (neither do I most of the time) and they don't know that it is Mozart, but they do know that, "Hey, that song is on my Little Einstein movie!" So it makes them feel comfortable with them and reminds them of something they enjoy at home.

    I put the CD on repeat in the morning, very low. If we are on the carpet and they are all sitting quietly, you can hear it a little in the background while I am teaching. If we are doing something at tables or centers, you most likely will not even hear it. During snack time, when we are all sitting at tables, I turn it up for them to listen to, especially if I sense that they are going to have a rowdy snack. I swear, it calms them. They instantly become quieter and want to listen. I spend a few days in the beginning of the year stressing, "You may talk to the people at your table during snack, but I should always be able to hear the music." Then when they get particularly noisy, I will say, "Ooooh I cannot hear the music from here, I think we are a bit too noisy." Or my favorite, inevitably, a child will say, "Miss P it's too noisy I can't hear the music!" Now they are used to their volume level and it's not really an issue.

    After snack is over, I turn it back down before I begin teaching again. It works really well, and I have to say, my classes this year (this is the first year that I started September being really religious about remembering the music EVERY day) are very calm and are doing a GREAT job. Is it a result of the music? Who knows, but I'm not going to stop it!

    :hijack: Sorry!! Can you tell I am passionate about this topic?? :eek:
     

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