Transition activities are the rapid things, among other activities of the day, in the learning environment. As the children’s second parents, teachers have obligations in the growth of the children. Childhood is a treasured and very unique part of every human, and therefore understanding the child development is great ways to kick start the whole process. According to Zosuls et al., (2016), as children grow, they experience various developmental changes such as more use of words, a push for liberation and an increased awareness of their age mates. All these are factors that should be taken into consideration when handling them. Effective transitions for toddlers are crucial for the smooth transition in activities.
Similarities in the transition activities
The activity transitions in the learning environments for infants and children 3-5 years have the following similarities. There should be time consistency in the activities for both. Too much of starts and stops are frustrating, which diverts the natural flow of their days. This means that the schedules should always be predictable, and therefore the child will gradually learn what is expected of them in transitions of activities without a lot of confusion.
Preciseness of the activities- the transition activities that are used during the transitions should be short and direct and therefore easier to respond to. For example the songs used should have a short message, yet repetitive. For example transition songs should be rhythmic and not have a lot of information
Learning activities-the activities in transition of both the infants and pre-schoolers are part of the learning process and therefore are an opportunity to build on skills, cooperate, follow directions as well as listen.
Differences in the transition activities
The communication styles methods used- 3 to 5 year olds can have their transitions activities communicated to them through a written routine, and therefore the instructions on time and what to do can be effortlessly learned and complied with. On the other hand, infants and toddlers have to be closely monitored individually through consistent transiting songs, poems as well as countdowns.
The use of signals and physical movements is more effective in the toddlers than the pre-schoolers. This is because toddlers are less developed and therefore need a series of claps and snaps to attract their attention and respond to the next activity. Pre-schoolers have a more advanced way to alert them to transition, like the use of bells.
Feeding- the feeding of infants and older children are different. Infants have to be fed, and therefore the transition activities in feeding may involve the use of puppets that can be made to transmit a message to them. This is unlike older children who feed themselves and their transition activities during feeding can involve singing songs which they actually sing themselves.
Strategies for smooth transitions
To foster smooth transitions, there are several strategies that have to be taken into consideration. These will enable less or no disruption in the class room as well as the transition times. Among these strategies are discussed below. Recognize who to pay the most attention- since some children would get lose during transition times, it’s important to keep a close eye on such and use positive braces. According to Schonert et al., (2015), this also enables any irregularities in behaviours to be detected and rectified at an early age.
Exclusion of lining up and reduction of waiting- these are chaotic since they involve pushing and shoving, which can be solved through the formation of smaller manageable groups. Provision of adequate preparation time for transitions- this involves mental preparation to facilitate control of their environment as well as enable predictability.
Making the transitions enjoyable- this could be through facial expressions and change of the tone of the voice. This will make the transitions fun and the children will look forward to them. According to Walsh (2016), having outdoor activities during these transition times is also crucial in making the transitions fun and enjoyable.