Preschool

Today, my preschooler said the word Zip and pointed to his mouth. I’ve never used that word to him. Because we never talk like that, I asked him where he heard it from and he said “at school mom, teacher said zip it .” I asked him again again if he heard it from his cousins or somewhere else but no he kept saying that the teacher told him to zip. Honestly I don’t like that. I don’t think they should talk to the kids on this way. There are many other kind ways to tell a child to stop talking. I don’t know if I should mention this to his teacher or not?! Do you find it inappropriate? Thanks

  • Valerie
    Dec 06

    We use the line “zip the lip” quite a bit. I don’t find it inappropriate. It’s a cute way of saying be quiet. Shush, and be quiet get really old, really fast.

  • Kelly
    Dec 06

    Personally I don’t find “zip it” to be even remotely inappropriate. 🤷‍♀️ Imagine you’re in room full of noisy kids and you’re trying to get them to be quiet and listen/pay attention. I’d give the teacher some slack....,it’s not like he/she told them to shut up, and I agree that saying “please be quiet” 900 times a day isn’t always effective. Kids get immune to hearing that.

  • Christa
    Dec 06

    I am not a fan of this, hearing a child say “zip it” is completely inappropriate and rude. I would be really upset if my son ever said that to me. I would side with Sara on this, go sit in and observe and talk to the director specifically about your concern and then have the teacher addressed if that is necessary. I am concerned, and wouldn’t be pleased to hear that come out of my kiddos mouth.

  • Elissa
    Dec 06

    Went I was in school we played a zip your lip game and thought it hilarious. I don’t think it inappropriate as long as she wasn’t yelling at your son

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. I’d rather them say zip it than many other things I hear. Even rather that then shushing. If it concerns you ask the teacher to use different language. But I don’t think it is universally considered rude at all.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Thinking about it when I read it, I tell my nephew who never stops tapping to zip it! HOWEVER, I would be upset if someone said that to my yapping son. So maybe you just have to step outside of it being your own son and realize a preschool teacher says sit down and be quiet XXX-XXXX times a day.

  • Morgan
    Dec 06

    I would mention it to his teacher

  • Lindsay
    Dec 06

    Talk to the teacher...I feel very strongly about talking to teachers first before talking to the director.

  • Kas
    Dec 06

    My daughter's teacher tells them zip it lock it put it in your pocket. She loves it does the motion and all. Teachers put up with kids talking non stop and not listening. It's not like she's saying shut up then I'd see the issue

  • Todd
    Dec 07

    Don’t start a witch hunt against a teacher without more information. Children are told many ways to remain quiet and when it is ok to be talking. Zip it with a hand motion of zipping quiet seems appropriate. I taught pre-school, 1st and 2nd. If this bothers you, you won’t believe what the children say in a couple. 😳

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07

    Lol. It’s really not that serious. “Zip it” is a really nice way and even Visual way for kids to be quiet 🤐. It really sounds better to me than shushing my preschooler. But I guess it can depend on your tone and maybe the preschoolers tone when repeating it *shrug* Anywho, I think zip it is partly used because it’s a good visual for kids to understand what is being asked of them.

  • Stephanie
    Dec 07

    I think it’s entirely tone of voice with this saying, can be said sweetly or rude.

  • Dada G
    Dec 07

    Teaching a class of little ones has got to be quite a job. I don’t think I would do anything in this circumstance.

  • Ivana
    Dec 07

    Nope! Not ok in my book. I get that it’s hard to teach a class room of preschoolers, but plenty of people have high stress jobs and work with adults who really act like preschoolers. If we told them to zip it, we’d be fired. If you said that to a friend, you probably wouldn’t be keeping that friend. I’m with Sara, talk to the director as a next step.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07

    Ivana. It’s not about it being a high stress job, it’s about varying the ways you ask them to be quiet. Hearing “be quiet, be quiet, shhh, be quiet” quickly loses all meaning in the classroom. Hopefully adults who are in the workplace no longer need as many reminders, just like adults don’t “go potty” but preschoolers do. It’s not right to compare the two.

  • G Nat
    Dec 10

    “Zip it” teaches the kids nothing. It’s a directive and it has a means to an end, but it lacks substance. Instead, teachers should be giving visual cues to get the class to be quiet and listen (which teaches young children how to read the room and use non verbal cues to modify their behavior) or indirect cues like, “it’s very hard to hear directions when it’s so loud in this room” (which allows children to make their own positive choices based on feedback from others). I would absolutely talk to the teacher. What we say to our own kids (I certainly yell “enough!” my fair share) I would never say in a professional setting to students.

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    There are so many other things I’d find more inappropriate! Shut up, STFU but zip it really doesn’t fall on that list. Sometimes kids do need to be to told to shut up and this is a nice way of doing it