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Easy Transitioning for Little Ones

Found In: routines & procedures, transitions

I taught preschool and primary grades. Here are some thoughts on transitioning from one activity to the next for those age groups:

  1. Have a visual schedule so transitions are expected. 
  2. Play music. 
  3. Give the children a fun way to move from place to place. It can be thematic. E.g., crawl like a spider when teaching spiders. It will make them WANT to change locations.
  4. Be ready for the next activity so there is no waiting. 
  5. Start the activity right away. No need to wait for everyone to be settled. If you start, stragglers will join more quickly and the fast ones won't get “antsy.” 
  6. Show them that they next activity is going to be fun. Kids transition best when engaged.



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