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|When groups of pre-k and kindergarten
children are in new surroundings they often find it unsettling to move
from one activity to another. Songs and rhymes help turn tough transitions
into relaxing routines.
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Materials: Small spritz spray bottles from a beauty supply store or drug store, $.50 to $1.00. Handiwipes, paper towels or inexpensive dish rags.
lunch, I give each child a spray bottle filled with a
Comments: Sing a clean up song. There are lots of clean up songs later in this theme and in Rhymes for Transition Times
For storytime the book: The Clean-up Surprise by Christine Loomis
Hands Are Hanging By My Sides Song
Comments: This is a
great attention getter when trying to get a "noisy" line
Materials: Chart paper & marker.
Have children sit down.
Comments: Let children
draw pictures of what they learned or liked best at
Face Chart: Getting Ready for Recesses
Materials: Large chart
paper with all of the children's names written on it
Description: The junior
kindergarten children in my school (3 and 4 year olds)
As the children get good at reading all of the names, I begin at different spots on the chart so they really master reading the names. Also, as the winter progresses and the children become totally self-sufficient at dressing themselves (e.g. tying laces, zipping zippers...) they get a super happy face (I just add hair to the original happy face) for having done everything by themselves! At the end of the day, after the children go home, I erase the happy faces and my chart is ready for their next school day.
and parents, love this! Several parents even adapted a
Description: I teach
this song to my children at the beginning of the year and
Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot":
Materials: Anything small enough to fit in your pocket. I have used a marble, coin, small plastic animal, a sticker, rock, etc. I usually grab anything on the spur of the moment.
Guessing Game Song
I've got something in my pocket can you guess
what it might be? It's something very special, something you can't
The children try and guess what you have in your pocket. I usually give a few hints after singing it a couple of times. The children just love this song!
Comments: My kids go crazy when I sing this
song. They really enjoy it.
Materials: A simple box with a lid and then whatever prop you want to use for your lesson.
Description: I am a Children's Librarian and my story times are based on themes. I have a special white box with a lid that is decorated with a question mark and the words "The Wonder Box" and before we begin each story time, we sneak a peek in the Wonder Box to find out what our stories are going to be about. Inside the box, I then have prop(s) to introduce my story theme.
We also always ask the Wonder Box for permission
to look inside.
"Wonder Box, Wonder Box, May we see,The children always love to try and guess what is inside and it helps them to use their creative thinking skills. Whenever a holiday is fast approaching, they are thinking of things that are related to that holiday. I may even give clues to help them think of ideas.
Sometimes inside the box, the items are hid within a bag and the students get a chance to use their other senses to determine what was inside the box. They may get to feel the bag or smell the bag. This has been a great introduction to story time!
I have also successfully used this in a preschool classroom to introduce the theme of the week or day. We did it also when we learning the different letters of the alphabet. I would put objects that began with the letter of the week in the box. It has always been a hit!
Do I Sit Today?
In order to accomplish this, I place a set of objects at the seats and a matching set in a colorful bag. The children reach into the bag and pull out an object. They find the matching object at the table and sit there for that snack time. The objects should be theme or skill related for (example shapes, colors, animals or etc.). There also should be some days where the children sit wherever they choose.
for Transition Times
You'll need experience chart paper, felt tip markers and clear contact paper (optional). Remember, young children develop trust and confidence through routine in schedules. You only need a few transition rhymes, repeated each day.
Rhymes and Songs for a Daily Schedule
The Hello Song
Materials: Your singing voice and the tune to "Skip to My Lou"
Description: I am a Children's Librarian and every time I begin a story time session, I begin with a simple song that asks the participants how they are. The participants are told that they are going to be asked a question and instead of them using words to describe how they are, they are to use their THUMBS. If they are doing really good - they put their thumbs up. If they are not doing so great -- thumbs down. If they are not sure how they are - they can put a thumb up or down or just put them side to side.
This is sung to the tune of "Skip to my Lou"
and then the students
First I sit in my little chair.
Song For Clean Up
Wanda L. uses this song to help preschoolers put things away.Cleanup Time:
Let's all clean up, clean up, clean up.
Put away the blocks, blocks, blocks.
A Jolly Good Helper"
(Name) is a jolly good helper.
Reinforce children who are being good helpers by singing their names in the tune above.
A Clean-up Song:
It's clean up time,
time (improvise a tune)
Materials: 10 special ways to say good-bye with a rhyme.
Description: I am currently a Children's Librarian and I do weekly story time events for children ages 3 - 6. We like to say good-bye in a special way at the end of our events. I have borrowed 10 special good bye rhymes from various sources and created a good-bye rhyme book. We always say good-bye using this book.
See you later,
The students help me say good bye and then someone always tries to add one more special good bye rhyme. The students become quite creative.
The sun is hot
The grass is green
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