There’s no doubt that building classroom routines can set you up for a successful school year. It all starts with putting in place daily routines that are simple and effective. In my classroom, we have routines that begin from the moment my students arrive and continue all the way until they leave. These 3 tips for Pre-K and Kindergarten dismissal routines will be sure to leave you feeling calmer and less stressed when the students head out at the end of the day!
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3 Tips for Pre-K and Kindergarten Dismissal Routines
Does the end of the day ever feel a little (or a lot) chaotic in your classroom? Give these easy tips a try to ensure the end of your day feels more peaceful (so you can focus on everyone getting on the right bus!).
If you put in the time now, things will go much smoother later. It’s always worth it to take the time and make the effort to build SOLID routines in the classroom.
Be sure to check out my teacher tips for setting up an independent morning arrival routine – but first, here are my favorite tips for implementing a smooth and effective dismissal routine!
Tip #1 – Break it Down
Begin by breaking down the routine and practicing EACH step before practicing another. Telling 4 and 5 year olds to go to their cubbies, get their things, pack up, and come to the carpet is way too many directions at once.
- First, students will practice standing by their backpacks and returning to the carpet.
- Next, we practice putting backpacks ON (this can be hard!).
- Then, they will practice walking back to the carpet with backpacks on.
These are all separate steps and should be taught separately before putting them all together.
Tip #2 – Make it Catchy and Fun!
Break down routines into phrases or sayings that the students can repeat or sing with you! After we have practiced each step independently we move onto putting the full routine together. We may say something like “Papers, Backpacks, Carpet! Papers, Backpacks, Carpet!”
The kids sing or chant this and and it helps them to remember exactly what they are doing!
Tip #3 – Routine Stack!
What does “routine stack” mean? It simply means combining routines when possible. For example, if your pack-up time is right after cleaning up from centers, then after they clean up they should pack up and THEN come to the carpet with backpacks on. NOT… clean up, group go out again, and come back again.
Or, if you go home shortly after a last recess, have the students pack up BEFORE heading outside.
Just remember, go slow to go fast later!
What does the end of the day in your classroom look like? Do you have routines in place for your Pre-K or Kindergarten dismissal?
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