Six weeks into the new school year and things should be settling down. Are they? What about the critical moments of your schedule such as arrival, changes in activities, and departure time?
Adapting to change is an important life skill, one few of us can say we have mastered. Yet children live in the now. They can't feel secure when they have the feeling that something is going to happen but they don't know when.
Helping children to make sense of the things out of their control – like time – is one way of providing security for them. When given predictable routines and prompts as to what's coming next, children quickly become secure and focus on play and learning.
Read the full article by Kay Albrecht and Jennifer Fiechtner for advice on developing a classroom routine to ease transition times for children and help their parents feel part of the team.