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Sunday, July 19, 2015

What are some phrases or songs or rhymes that teachers use to get the attention of children in a group? I know in English we use phrases like "1-2-3 all eyes on me!" and the children respond "1-2 eyes on you!". Are there any that you know of? Thank you!

There are no phrases or rhymes that we use in that sense, that I know of (in Creole).

There's one is French where you start singing, "Un petit silence s'il vous plait, il faut ecouter." and then all the kids yell out "Silence!!!" This little rhyme is translated as "A little silence please, you must listen. Silence!!!"

But if you wanted to divert their attention by giving them a riddle, you'll say 'Krik?!" and they'll answer 'Krak!!!"
or you'll say "Tim Tim?!" they'll answer "Bwa sèch!!"
They'll be expecting a riddle after that :)

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  1. When I was in Haiti last week, our translator used a cute little saying to get the kids' attention - similar to "1,2,3 eyes on me" in that it uses counting. He'd get the kids to all say together "en-lance, de-lance, twa-lance, kat-lance, senk-lance, SILANCE!" :) I thought it was pretty clever!