Parenting Tips and Strategies
What is a transition, you might ask? A transition is a way to move a child or group of children from one task to another. The trick to a successful transition is what you make of it in the classroom. The more fun you have with the children, the more they find it fun. If the transition is deemed to be a daunting task, the children will make sure it is daunting for you in the end.
Transitions in school happen regularly throughout the day, and too many starts and stops can be frustrating and easily confusing for teachers and students alike. The predictability of routine helps a child feel secure and comfortable in their surroundings and also serves as a way of telling time for the students. Limiting transitions would ultimately be the best way to create a smooth flowing day. Transitions are inevitable in the school day and need to happen for children to be able to adapt and change as time goes on.
Planning transitions in the day will help with the daily schedule and provide some learning opportunities for your children. Start with your daily schedule. Incorporating transition tricks into the schedule will provide a starting point for you as a teacher. By intentionally writing them into the schedule, there will be no other way of working around these and it may inevitably save time when it comes to lining up, washing hands, cleaning up toys or moving through the hallway quietly.
Here are a few ideas generated from the Brookridge Day School staff members in regards to types of transition tricks:
Mrs. Pitnick (3 year olds): Teach the children to sing “Skidamarink a dink a dink” in the classroom and in the hallway you can do hand motions so they are busy doing something on the way to where they are going.
Mrs. Wrede (Art Teacher): Place a bucket of books on the floor near the door so when they are finished with their art project they can go read and be inspired for the next art opportunity.
Mrs. Binder (3-4 year olds): Smile and always have fun with the kids! She is often telling funny stories to the kids because imagination is key with the 3’s and 4’s.
Mrs. Oma (Owner): Redirection can lead to a solution.
Mrs. Stewart (Activities Director): Fingerplays! Some of her favorites include: 5 Little Ducks, Princess Pat, Twinkle Twinkle, and Have You Ever Gone Fishing.
Mrs. Stone (4-5 year olds): Storybots online to help with clean up time.
Mrs. Cortez and Mrs. Mercer (First Grade): Chant our “5,4,3,2,1 be on the floor when I am done!” They both say it with claps and rhythm so the children know when the end is near.
Mrs. Shonkwiler (Third Grade Teacher): “Line up if your birthday is in May.” “ Line up if you have a brother,” etc. This is such a great way to find out who is listening!