"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain." ~Colin Wilson
Ah…The dreaded clean up time.
That part of the day where most preschoolers all have to go to the bathroom, start missing their parents and mysteriously need comforting or simply disappear all together. The pendulum of moods defiantly swings, doesn’t it?
In early childhood setting there are many thing a teacher can to make this transition time smooth. The first thing is to defiantly plan for transitions and clean up times as you would a circle time or any other aspect of preschool curriculum.
Here are some fun and easy tips how to prepare your preschoolers for clean up:
* Sing a song or play a special CD to let the children know there are 5 more minutes until clean up time.
*Let them know at the AM circle time you have a game to play just before clean up time.
*Every one help-including the teacher. Hand the children toys as you go and applaud all there efforts and mention each child by name as they work.
*As you finish look around the room as a class when you are done and comment on how you think your room looks. Clap as a class when you are done.
I have always seen some very sad frowns eventually turn upside down during this time....
Here are some of my successful clean up time transitional attention getters:
When you need the kids attention fast- call out “DEAD ANTS!” All the children should drop to the floor (including you) with your legs up and slightly twitching.
Oh…Explain this to the kids first or you will feel pretty silly on the floor by yourself….lol.
This is the most simplistic and I think nearly everyone does it but kids love to freeze like statues. Works every time.
What are some of favorite and successful ones that have worked for you?