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1. This is a great visual/audio/kinesthetic multiple intelligence approach for getting children in an active listening mode. The visual aspect is the number of fingers held up, the audio is saying the correct number and naming the desired behavior action, and the kinesthetic is the movement that represents the desired behavior.

  • Hold up five fingers and say, "Five" Then say, "Stop," and extend your arm in front of your body, palm facing away.
  • Hold up four fingers and say, "Four." Then say "Look," and move your fingers to your brow, eyes looking out.
  • Hold up three fingers and say, "Three." Then say, "Listen," and cup your fingers behind your ear.
  • Hold up two fingers and say, "Two." Then say, "Shhhh," (or be silent) and rest your index finger on your lips.
  • Hold up one finger and say, "One." Then say, "Think," and tap your temple with one finger.

2. As the children join in counting down from five to one, they will be quiet, have their eyes on you, and be ready to listen.


-Jackie Wright, Enid, OK

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Transition
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Gross Motor
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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