Transition is the period of time between activities, like when some students are waiting for others to finish or students are waiting to wash their hands for lunch. It is very easy for transition times to get out of hand, especially for preschool age children. There are many tricks that teachers use to make things go smoothly between preschool activities.
Here are a few general ideas:
When lining up, you might have the children wearing a certain color line up first, or select the ones whose name starts with a certain letter.
Preschool children are taught many things in school other than the names of colors and their ABCs. They are taught to:
Many times children act out during transition times and the best way to deal with that is to give them something to do that they will enjoy:
Now that you have some transition ideas, here are some great sites to visit that will give you even more suggestions for preschool transition activities:
SearchWarp has some good songs for transition time. Here's a cute song that Searchwarp suggests that teachers use to help the children learn how to line up. The melody to use is from the song If You're Happy and You Know It.
"If you're ready and you know it, face the door. If you're ready and you know it, face the door. If you're ready and you know it Then it's the time to show it. If you're ready and you know it, face the door." (From Searchwarp.com)
Music and Rhyme Station has 12 cute transition songs you can use in your classroom.
So, now you have lots of preschool transition activities at your fingertips to try.