Head on over to Empowering Little Learners to read about a SUPER cute transition tip AND to snag your own FREEBIE poster that goes along with her idea! (One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana Split...hehe! Gotta love it!)
Anyway, here is a transition tip of my own to share. (Well, I cannot say it is "my own" because I did not think of it myself. I do, however, use this tip in my classroom. I believe I originally read the idea in one of Peggy Campbell Rush's AMAZING books. If you do not know this teacher / author, by the way, Google her books!!!)
Okay, here is my transition tip for you!
When my little ones are getting ready to go home at the end of the day, they know to wait in one of two places: the bus line (see photo below) or the carpet, if they walk home or get picked up.
Once our Educational Assistant takes the bus riders outside, I then ask my walkers to line up on that same line. I then pass out their apple sticks.
I purchased these from The Dollar Tree. They are super cute, but I do not recommend them for this particular idea because they are made out of posterboard type of material and the kids bend them. Mine are about to get tossed in the garbage can and they will be replaced by wooden ones. (Does anyone have a better idea as to what I should hand out to the kids?)
Anyway...once everyone has their apple, we go out to the blacktop and they know they must stay in the yellow circle that is painted on the ground. (It can get crazy with adults and kids running around everyone, so I like when they are in area.) Finally, once each child sees their mom, dad, whoever...they turn their apples in to me. That is how I know who is picking them up and that they are safe. It is just a nice way to quickly check-in with me before they leave. :)
Hmmm...I cannot figure out why my pictures are posting vertically. Strange...sorry about that. Well, I keep the apple sticks in this cute little pencil pouch that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. I know it does not make sense because there is a bus on it, but the sticks are for my walkers. I just could not pass it up!
I hope you are able to use this tip in your own classroom! Thanks for stopping by. :) Remember to head on over to Empowering Little Learners to join the Linky Party and share your own idea!