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Children's Ministry Magazine

If you feel like you're constantly repeating directions or shouting to get kids' attention, try unspoken cues to help kids focus and gently remind them to pay attention.

  • Silent Signal -- Use a silent signal such as turning the lights on and off or holding a colorful flag in the air.
  • Signal Song -- When it's time to clean up, play a specific song that cues kids that it's time to pick up toys and sit in a circle for the lesson.
  • Clap Patterns -- Teach kids a clapping pattern that you start and they repeat when you want everyone to focus up front for directions. Consistent cues will help kids focus quickly, make them feel part of the group, and eliminate a lot of frustration for you.

Send your kid quotes with the child's name and age to "Kid Quote," Children's Ministry Magazine, P.O. Box 481, Loveland, Colorado 80539-0481, or email If we publish your quote, we'll pay you $25.

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