Prep WhisperingPosted: November 19, 2009
I had part of a day with year 6/7s and the rest of the day with a class of preppies (4.5-5.5year olds). Prep was fun! I had a school officer with me who knew what needed to be done so I just had to make it all flow as smoothly as possible. I did lots of cutting out – they were making silhouette nativity scenes and I found that I had to sing. It was the best way to get them listening and focused on me before giving the next instruction or making the transition from one activity to another. It is a looooong time since I’ve needed to do this sort of thing so I was a bit rusty but a few rounds of “All do as I do” and “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” seemed to draw them all back in from all the corners of the very large prep room. I didn’t need to sing particularly loudly to get their attention either. I’d just sit on the teacher’s chair and start singing and they’d all drift over from wherever they were. Obviously they are well used to that sort of thing but having spent so many years in upper primary it was a nice change for me to be able to have such gentle, smooth transitions.