Preschool transition songs are a vital part of a child’s every day routine in the classroom. A transition is something that helps moves children from one activity to another. Transitions can be rhythmic chants, songs, or short stories.
Early Childhood Music Class
I have been teaching early childhood music or as we say “Mommy & Me Music” classes for 7 years now. Practically every song I do with children incorporates a transition song. Every two minutes I am doing something new, while focusing on making it educational. Transitions help me to keep their attention.
We all know the famous Barney songs that have been around forever or the made-up ones using nursery rhymes and while those work, I felt it was time to branch out and create new transition songs. Not only to help teachers in the classroom, but also parents and grandparents at home.
New Transition Songs
I created songs that are more descriptive as to what the child is learning. Not just singing “Clean Up” but rather instructing on how to “Pick up and put it away”. I have songs for washing your hands, for quieting down after play time, for circle time at the beginning and the end of the day and many more for every day routines.
CLEAN UP TIME
My clean up song is called “Pick up and put it away”. When children are told what to do and shown how to do it, they will successfully complete a task. We can not just say “Clean Up” because they do not know what that means yet.
CIRCLE TIME – START THE DAY
Singing a song at the beginning of the day is great way to bring everyone together in a calming way. My circle time song is called “Shake and Move” and is repetitive and easy to follow along while learning key early childhood curriculum.
CIRCLE TIME – END THE DAY
The best way to bring everyone to a quiet end of the day is through sign language. I sing one sign word 12 times to an easy melody that anyone can learn and sing along to acapella (without music). I have 17 sign language videos with over 150 sign language words for beginners. Any of the words can be sung to reinforce what was learned that day.
BRAIN BREAKS – PE in the CLASSROOM
There are many ways to get your classroom back to order, listening again and working together as a team. My favorite way is through movement and music. As you know, this is the focus of my career, getting children engaged, moving and learning at the same time. These songs are 2-3 minutes long. In that short of a time you can get your heart pumping, which gets your brain active and help children to focus on the tasks at hand. Let music do that for you! Here’s my playlist of 55 movement and music songs:
WASHING YOUR HANDS
This is a big deal in preschool! As parents we help our little ones wash their hands every day and rarely let them do it on their own. This song will help your child remember how to do it “Soapy, water, dry, dry!” It works and is easy to remember.
Transition Songs For Teachers, Parents and Children
Transition songs are designed to help teachers plan out an effective schedule and transitions to help decrease the number of behavior issues that happen throughout the preschool day. It is also a great way to introduce socialization to students in a group environment, helping them to feel comfortable and accepted. Not to mention all the cognitive benefits to learning songs, music, rhythm, fine motor skills and more.