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TEACHING CHILDREN THE "LANGUAGE OF SCHOOL"

By Jean Warren

Your child may be ready to learn reading and writing as they enter kindergarten but they may feel awkward and unsure of themselves when the teacher asks them to line up "two by two" or "single file". To save confusion and misunderstandings, parents can anticipate many of the language obstacles and familiarize their preschool child with common verbal school commands.

COMMON VERBAL COMMANDS
 
In the front
In the rear
Single file
In a row
In two rows
Get a partner
Next to
Between
Alongside
Top
Bottom
Line up
Absolute silence
Facing me
Hands to your sides
I want your attention
Pay attention
All eyes forward
I want your eyes
Give me your ears
One at a time
Behind each other
Behind one another
Right-hand corner
Push your chair in
Listen carefully
Stand still
Get ready
In the back
On top of
In the middle
Around the corner
All eyes on the board
Sit straight and tall
Straight lines
Raise your hands
Clear off your desk
Remain seated
Collect the papers

Parents can help their child to become familiar with these commands through simple games at home, thus insuring that their child learns them in a relaxed fun atmosphere rather than a tense unsure situation at school.
  

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