Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ways to transition

Watching some little friends line up today got me to thinking, "there's got to be an easier way!"  There are many things you can do to help kids transition to lining up or between one activity and another.  Using a sound (ringing bell, buzzer, that was easy button from Staples) will help kids recognize it's time to move.  Lots of times a set of commands like "2 minutes, 1 minute, let's go" works well.  When a child needs more help or cues than those try these:

  • call kids by attribute (shirt, hair, eye color, etc.)
  • have them crawl, hop, or spin to the target area
  • sing a familiar song like The Ants Go Marching, or Clean Up, Clean Up
  • use a long caterpillar or footsteps taped to the floor, or colorful cones for a visual cues
  • use a picture schedule and have the child place the picture of the activity that's over into an envelope or pocket and do what the next picture on the schedule indicates

Remember when starting a new thing in the classroom, say taking your clothespin and pinning it to the center in which you're playing, lots of kids may get it right away.  Some are going to need direct teaching a few or many times before it makes sense.  Try a few ways of explaining, demonstrate with popsicle stick people or dolls, have the child draw himself doing it, we all learn differently!

What's your favorite way to transition?

1 comment:

  1. I like to use incentives for lining up. Encourage kids to be leaders and influence others to line up