“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do…” -Dr. Temple Grandin
It is that time of the year again…and the perfect reason to begin adapting and designing! Students are ready to go back to school after a fun-filled holiday season and routines are beginning to shift around once again! Now is the perfect time to plan for smooth, calm and engaging transitions that will help your child continue to feel secure, safe and able to develop their independence.
Transition activities are prepared to take place when students are waiting for the next scheduled event or task, or when they need to get back into a routine. For example, in school transition activities may take place when some students have already finished their assignment or lesson and are moving into the next class or waiting for peers during lunch or recess.
Some of the most beneficial transition activities for kids, stem from sound and movement as it gets their bodies up and motivated, and ready to learn! For example, some ideas for transition activities are:
- Incorporating music and dance in lessons to help wake the body up!
- A 5-10-minute exercise routine with visuals and background music.
- Partner reading or free time for a book of choice. You may want to add a bean bag too!
- Simple structured games that students can play with a partner, in small groups or independently, like a card game, puzzle, and more!
- Meditation time is also an all-time favorite! Having a relaxing corner where students can close their eyes, listen to music, imagine something that makes them feel happy or relaxed, can give them a few moments for themselves and can increase their energy levels too!
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