How To Transition Children

by admin on February 9, 2009

One of the many problems encountered by a daycare center provider is—how will they be able to move children who are doing one activity into another or how will one be able to move a child from one place to another…without going through the problem of a shouting and yelling from the child?

As anyone would know, transition is normally the most difficult and not to say, stressful moment in any daycare provider’s life. Although there are group of children who can move from one task to another without having any issue at all, there are some children who would have a difficult time in dealing with the transition hence this process will result to too much chaos within the center. It is important to put all of your attention and focus so the kids will be cooperative with you.

Here are some of the things that you can do in order to make the transition process to be a whole lot easier:

- Think that transition times is a good opportunity for learning since this can uphold listening, problem-solving, following directions, skill-building, and cooperation.

- Steer clear from ‘Lining Up’ and reduce waiting. Lining up is not really necessary during this process since it will only lead to pushing, kicking, shoving, and whining. Allow the children to move in small groups since this is more manageable

- Allow one adult to supervise all those students who are ready and the other staff should stay with those kids who tend to show some signs of rejections. Never attempt to punish the children who are not ready. Do not give one child the punishment that he needs just because he refuses to follow your orders.

- It would help if you can make the transition fun! Make use of your face and voice as your teaching tools. When kids view an activity to be fun, they would submit themselves to the process hence you are not left with any tiring procedure of convincing your students to follow your command.

- Give the kids enough time to prepare themselves with the transitions. You may want to let them know what is coming next. No one surely like how it feels to wait right
in the middle of something without knowing what will happen afterwards. As teacher, you must be very respectful to children’s sense of curiosity. They should realize that they somehow have the control within their environment. Giving predictable cues can is also helpful.

- Begin the transition with those children who are not engaged in any activity so they will feel obligated to move.

- Plan ahead and gather all the necessary materials that you need because transition time is always a difficult process to be.

- Know those kids that you should keep an eye with. There are some kids who will ‘lose it’ during the transition, or there are some that will take advantage on you just being your focus is fragmented. You can take a close eye on them and make use of positive reinforcement the time when they display appropriate behaviours.

- Make use of positive reinforcement as your tool because there is an inherent desire in every child to please. You can reward proper behaviour through praise, recognition, and positive reinforcement. Try not to dwell too much on external rewards such as stickers and colourful pens because these things normally backfire, doing this will allow children to develop the attitude of doing something just because they will have something as a reward.

- Demonstrate suitable behaviours at all times. Never fall on the pothole of assuming that children would understand what are expected from them. Gear yourself with a big dose of patience.

- Give due attention to those children who cannot fully comprehend or those who fail to process multiple directions tat are given at a single sitting. Understand their needs and never fail to give them the chance of fully comprehending what you wish them to do.

- Identify your children. Allow yourself to venture about the facts behind your students. Know what they like and understand how they want to be treated. Remember that each kid is unique hence you should make it a point to individually identity their needs.

What are some of the things that you can do while waiting for the transitions? Here are some examples.

- Sing a song together
- Do some fingerplays
- Visualization scenarios that may transpire later.
- Play listening games so kids would become responsive to the environment.
- Review the morning
- Allow them to wiggle specific body parts
- Ask them to move like animals
- Make them pretend to be someone
- Read a story
- Identify things within the room that start with certain letters
- Look for shapes
- Distinguish the colours of the objects within the room.
- Playing guessing games
- Play memory games
- Do some clapping games
- Play “Simon Says”
- Exercise
- Carry out stretching activities
- Identify body parts
- Play the famous “Telephone” game
- Be creative by using puppets to give directions.
- Allow everyone to freeze. The one who was able to stand it is declared as the winner.
- Eat together.

As teacher, you should make it a point to inject fun during the process of transitions. Kids hate it when they are being told to do something that are beyond their interest hence allowing them to take part by ensuring that they can reap some giggling moments, transition process will be smoother. Be as jolly as possible. Kids love it when they are dealing with people that are kind towards them hence if you stay motivated and positive, they will learn how to follow you. If a particular kid suddenly becomes out of control, deal with patience and never scold that child as if he has committed something that is really bad since the other kid will suddenly become aloof towards you as well.

See: How to start a daycare

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