Good Morning Friends!! Most weekends = relaxing sleep in days for me. It’s just me, my hubs, and our dog babies occupying this nest right now. So my favorite thing to do on the weekend is lazily hang together with them and enjoy the down time. Even though I love teaching, transitioning back into the Go Go Go of the workweek is always a bit of a struggle for us. Especially the dogs, who believe they are indeed the very center of this universe. Transitions can be a struggle for my kiddos in the classroom sometimes too. I
like NEED to keep my kids busy at all times because if not, things can get a little hairy. So for all my fellow Sunday – Workday transition strugglers, I thought I would take a moment and share my Transition Song with you!
I should start by letting you know this is not entirely my brain child. My Vice Principal made up part of it my first year teaching after I identified “transitions” as an area I wanted to improve on during an evaluation. But I of course jazzed it up a bit over the years. And below you can find the end result. It isn’t sung to any particular tune and yet it does have a nice little rhythm if your a loud chanter like myself. I also tend to clap while I say it.
Me: “Okie Dokie Arta-chockies, when I say the magic word I want you to *transition* to the carpet for calendar. Ready? TRANSTION!”
Everyone: Bursts Into Song!
Ok, so it’s not exactly The Sound of Music of anything. But you get the idea. And Here’s the cool part- the kids learn it pretty quickly just by listening to me say it several times a day. Once they do, they end up singing along. Andif they’re singing, they’re not talking to any and everyone around them. It’s not too long- just long enough to get from point A to point B. And by the end of the song they know I expect every one of them to be where I told them to be, SLANTING, and ready to jump right into our next activity. It’s good stuff! If only it would work on the four legged breed.