I tell the kids (of all ages) "I need your EYES (point to them), and your
EARS (point to them); your lips are ZIPPED (pretend you're zipping the lips);
your hands are folded (model for them) and there is a SMILE on your face
(SMILE WIDELY at them and point to your smile--they will probably laff at
you) because when you have a frown (exaggerate a big fat frown) then everyone
is sad, I'm sad, you're sad, then you go home sad, and your parent (s) are
sad and then they go to work sad and everyone is sad...etc."
It's really cute to see their hands folded with a great big smile on their
little faces. They get into a good mood, you're not screaming at them to BE
QUIET and we start the lesson with a nice attitude. Even the obnoxious kids
are trying to "out-smile" their fellow classmates. It works for me.