We pass through so many transitions at the Preschool House, from our daily transitions like going from inside to outside, and from lunch to nap, to big transitions like starting at our school, saying goodbye to old friends, or greeting a new teacher. How do preschoolers help themselves and one another through times of transition?
We take the time to slow down and gather as a group to talk through a transition. The more children are able to anticipate what's coming next, the more they will be able to be active participants in their daily routines.
We ask questions, and listen closely to the answers. If we don't know an answer when someone asks us something, we do some research - who might know the answer to that question? Or where could the answer be found?
We make agreements as a group about what works and what feels safe. By doing this, when something changes and feels new, we already have a stable foundation of choices that we've built together.
We find ways to get grounded, and reconnect with our body and breath.
We share materials when we want to, and use things by ourselves when we need space or individual focus.
We have daily rituals and routines that are the same every single day, so if one of us forgets what's next, the group is there to help them remember!
We offer choice and variety throughout the day. If what we are doing right now doesn't work for you, there are options, and there is the knowledge that each part of the day passes and leads to something else.
We offer help and engage in teamwork and collaboration.
We offer our friends a gentle touch to help them feel connected and safe.