By Meghan Bouboulinis
Have you ever been working on your computer when it abruptly shuts down? Your brain automatically goes into an adrenaline rush, not quite sure what to do or where to go next. This is the feeling that our early learners often have when there is no transition from one activity to another; this feeling of internal chaos can also be the cause for external chaos. Luckily, transitions are very easy to add into your routine both in the classroom and at home!
In every Dailies class, the students take part in a “morning meeting” where the teacher welcomes each child and shares the activities for the day, ultimately setting the pre-transition stages for what is going to happen. During each activity the teacher also gives transition updates about what is coming next, even if the schedule is the same everyday. This repetition creates a sense of calmness and respect – the class trusts that their teacher is not going to spring something unknown onto them.
The same can be done at home, too. Following a daily schedule helps create a sense of normalcy and understanding in the household. Families can use a picture schedule for younger children to visually see what is happening next while older children can verbalize it. Talking your way through the day also promotes language and literacy skills!
Here are some easy ways to ~transition~ into transitions:
- Visuals such as timers, calendars, or picture cards to help children see that a transition is approaching
- When in doubt, sing it out! “The Clean Up Song” is an quick song that will easily redirect and smooth a transitions between activities
- Using sequencing words to talk about the day ahead; first, next, after, finally, etc..
- Repeat, repeat, repeat! Keeping a consistent schedule will not only help your little one feel calm and collected but will also help you stay organized, as well!
Try these transitions out and let us know how they go!