Sing your way through difficult times of the day and watch your job get easier! Young children in school go through many transitions throughout the day. What can make ten children settle down, clean up, and move from room to room without protest?
Even if you're uncomfortable singing in public, the simple songs in this book will help you glide smoothly through tough transitions such as greetings and good-byes, calling attention, cleaning up, moving, waiting, and slowing down. Children will feel more powerful and in control, reducing stress levels during the more difficult times in your day. You will learn songs that everyone will love singing, including:
"Get On Board, Little Children" and "We're On Our Way," which move toe-tapping children in and out of the classroom
"Go to Sleep, My Little Pumpkins," which helps kids wind down for naptime
"Cleaning Spirit," which acknowledges children as they clean up the classroom
The CD includes multiple songs for each transition area, and the book includes a transition planning guide and lyrics to all 69 songs, formatted so you can easily create your own song cards.
Nina Ara jo is the director of Picasso's Playground, an educational consulting firm that serves communities in North and South America. She has worked in the field of early childhood education--in orphanages, public and private preschools, laboratory schools, and child care centers--for over twenty years. She lives in Sedona, AZ. Carol Aghayan is an early childhood instructor at Lousianna State University, as well as a preschool teacher at the LSU's laboratory preschool. She is also the president of the Baton Rouge Association for the Education of Young Children. She lives in Baton Rouge, LA.