Two tips for managing large classes of preschool children
Silently, effortlessly re-gain everyone's attention with this tip
Introduce this idea early on in the school year and use it when the class become noisy or too excited. Start a wave, or any action, like a bird flying, or just swaying your arms from side to side. Children notice and copy you, as others see what is going on they join in. Continue the movement until you have everyone and finish with the last action, fingers on lips, or hands gently over the mouth. Everyone should now be facing forward, quiet and attentive, ready to start a new activity quietly. Use the same actions the first few times but once children are familiar with the process, vary the actions to make it unpredictable and interesting.
To split up naughty children use this game and young children will not notice that you are deliberately separating troublemakers. All children close their eyes and cover them. Tap two children lightly and those two open their eyes, stand up and swap places silently. Then ask the others to open their eyes and say who has moved. Repeat this two or three times, moving well-behaved children as well as naughty ones. If you only move the naughty ones every time pupils may realize what you are doing and it won't seem like a game anymore.