“Push on the cap until you hear a *snap*!”

This is one of the standard ‘scripts’ that I use with children when we’re working on behavior/rules/procedures. 

This is one of the first things we learn at preschool, since setting out markers and blank paper is an instant hit – especially when they are brand-new markers full of luscious color!  We learn this little saying in the big group, and I demonstrate it, asking them to be very quiet to hear if it’s really snapping.  Then I show them a dried-out marker and explain that that’s what happens when the caps fall off.  It’s wonderful how they come up to me throughout the day and say, “Listen!” -then demonstrate the snap.

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