Teachers are constantly working on improving moments of transition in the classroom: From parent drop-off to learning time, and then later to lunch, play time, nap time, and pick-up.
These are times when one activity is ending and another is starting, and children tend to be a bit more high-energy because they are excited about the change of pace.
Here are a few ways teachers work to make these moments smooth and seamless:
- Speak calmly and move slowly. Children are very empathetic, so setting the tone is important.
- Establish a routine. From the first days, teachers explain things to children so they understand what happens when.
- Make small changes. If there are snags in the routine that need improving, teachers make small changes until they find the best method for that particular group of children.
- Try, try again. Patience is key during stressful moments of transition. It's important to keep in mind that every day may not be perfect, but you keep trying.
Of course, parents experience transition moments at home as well. Children go from sleeping to awake, from home to school, from dinner to bedtime. Give these time-tested methods above a try to improve those home transition times. Soon you will move through the different activities in your day with ease and enthusiasm.