Do you ever want a SILENT line of 5 year olds walking down the hall? What about IMMEDIATE silence during play time to let them know there is a safety drill coming up? Some say the word SILENT has nothing to do with kindergarten, BUT I have a way for you to get it if you ever need it (or, let's face it, want it!)in your classroom. Two words....monkey faces! I had no pictures of my students doing it (because we are always in the throws of something very important when I request it, of course!)...but I was lucky enough to find two willing particpants to demonstrate exactly what a monkey face looks like.
It is simple. These two boys learned how to do it instantly and then I heard (ahhhhh...) silence:
1) Pull out your ears straight like a monkey. (try touching the person in front of you or rubbing your hands along the artwork on the wall when your hands are busy pulling out your ears).
2) Puff your cheeks out and purse your lips together (hmmmm....try talking now!)
Warning: Some children need a reminder to breath. Holding your breath is NOT a prerequisite to perform your "best monkey face"!