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
- 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.
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Quote," Children's Ministry Magazine, P.O. Box 481, Loveland,
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