Does it ever seem that some days are a lot like a roller coaster?
For example, does this sound familiar? The children are playing cooperatively and then when you announce it’s time to move outside, the struggle erupts. Eventually, it settles and everyone is running around outside with sounds of laughter and joy. Then, you announce that is time to go inside for lunch, and the struggle erupts. Again. It’s most definitely an up-and-down bumpy day!
In such situations, try music. Children naturally respond to music. Incorporating songs into your transitions sets a calm tone and clear message of what is coming next.
- Little Helper (a clean up song)
- Circle Time song
- Good-bye song
When it is time to pick up toys, supplies or snack materials, sing a song to signal the start of cleanup and to help children stay focused on the task at hand. Singing together helps establish a caring community where children feel they are important contributors to maintaining their learning environment. It gives them an internal feeling of self-worth, which will then extend outwardly as kindness, sharing and cooperation (Bailey, 2001).
Bailey, B. (2001). Conscious discipline: 7 Basic skills for brain smart classroom management. Oviedo, FL: Loving Guidance, Inc.
I’m a little helper
I can do many helpful things
Just for you
Ask me and you will see
I will do my very best
Just for you
I’m a little helper
Greeting and Gathering
Circle time is the perfect way to gather children at the start of the day. Sing a short greeting song to signal that it is time to meet as a group. A familiar song that children can sing with you will help them feel more comfortable leaving parents or greeting unfamiliar people. A greeting song can also act as a “reset button” to help children move on from stressful feelings they might have brought with them that morning. Sing the Mother Goose Time Circle Time song.
1-2-3, come learn with me
4-5-6, calendar and weather picks>
7 8 9, it’s circle time
Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap
Jump, jump run in place
Turn around and then sit down
Dismissing for the Day
Sing a short dismissal song to signal the end of the day. Children will know that it is time to bring the day’s activities to a close, put toys or supplies away, and prepare to go home. Sing the Mother Goose Time Good-Bye song.
Our day is done; it was so much fun
Learning with you – a doodlee -do
Now we must say good-bye to the day
Good-bye to you, and you and you
A doodlee doo – a doodlee doo
Sing to engage your little ones and to involve them in the routines and transitions that happen throughout every day. Why say it when you can sing it? Enjoy! Be sure to tell us how it worked for your setting. Share your experience in the comment thread below.
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What is Inspired Learning? Inspired Learning is the blog written by the Experience Early Learning Co. – publishers of the Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum – to support all early childhood educators. In addition to preschool curriculum, the Experience Early Learning Co. publishes * children’s books * preschool music & dance and * authentic assessment tools.These materials have been serving child care directors, family childcare providers, preschool teachers, homeschoolers and parents of young children since 1984. All materials are crafted to inspire both the educators and the children to experience learning through creative expression, play and open-ended discovery. Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum supports a child’s social-emotional, physical and cognitive development.