Thursday, June 18, 2020


LOOK! LISTEN! LEARN! Those are three key words in any learning situation.

Good Listening Chant (Eunica Turner)
(Tune: “Where Is Thumbkin?”)
Eyes are watching. (Point to eyes.)
Ears are listening. (Point to ears.)
Lips are closed. (Point to lips.)
Hands are still. (Clasp hands together.)
Feet are very quiet. (Wiggle toes and point to feet.)
That’s the way we like it. (Nod our head.)
Listening well. Listening well. (Smile)
This song is a good example of "positive direction." It tells children what you WANT them to do instead of focusing on negative behavior.

Take a Picture (Brenda Lee)
Use this strategy to help children remember letters, numerals, or sight words.
     Focus your camera. (Look at the first letter.)
     Focus your camera. (Look at the word.)
     Focus your camera. (Look at each letter.)
     Snap the picture. (Each child’s camera button is on their head.)
     Now it is filed away in your brain.
     You can close your eyes and see the picture.

It's so interesting that when you TELL your brain something is important and to remember it - IT WILL!

Teeny Tiny Duties
Ask children to choose several jobs that they could do to help at home and make a job chart. Tell them to hang it on the refrigerator and keep track for a week. Demonstrate how to make a check mark each day when they complete the task.


We can't assign classroom jobs, but children can certainly be encouraged to help out at home.

Question of the Day (Mary McCarroll)
First, do a drum roll by slapping hands on thighs.
Second, count backwards from 10, 9, 8…0
Third, ask a question. Children suggest answers. Accept all answers and try not to judge.
Asking questions is a powerful way to get children to THINK outside the box. It can also help children to scaffold to a higher level.