Transition times were my least favorite times of this year. My first graders were terribly impatient and so the smallest nano-second of downtime led to big issues. It took a lot of tries, and a lot of different strategies, but the strategy that worked the best for my students was “sing a song while you wait”. During any wait time, I would call out the name of a song we knew, the kids would sing and hopefully by the time the song was done, we could be on to the next task. It made for a loud class, but it did help keep the “issues” to a minimum.
We used a different transition time to learn our songs. I had about 15 minutes in the beginning of the day when we were waiting for students and having a bathroom break. During these 15 minutes, we learned a song a day until we had amassed quite a collection. Here are some of the songs my kids loved best this year:
For more ideas on how songs can be used in your classroom, check out Dilly Dabbles’ Songs in the Classroom Linky Party.