Effective Transition Strategies for Regrouping After Recess

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What is your favorite memory from elementary school? Mine was all the fun my friends and I had at recess. When did my feelings for recess change? When I became a teacher! Regrouping post-recess can be tricky. Today I’m here to share with you some easy and effective classroom transition strategies for regrouping after recess!

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These easy and effective classroom transition strategies for Pre-K & Kindergarten will help to calm the chaos when regrouping after recess!

Effective Transition Strategies for Regrouping After Recess

I don’t know about you, but coming in from recess can sometimes feel like herding cats. Regrouping post-recess isn’t for the faint of heart. But, I have found some transition strategies that have really helped this part of our day run more smoothly.

Below, I will share some tips on how to make post-recess a little easier to manage!

Music is Key!

Coming in from recess can lead to many “interesting” situations – bark being dumped out of a student’s shoes, kids wandering around even though you told them to hang up their coats and head to the carpet, and just the overall feeling of chaos.

To help with the post-recess craziness (and my biggest tip for regrouping), play some MUSIC!

Now you may think that adding music would make it even crazier, so hear me out. You will still have your routine of water, coats away, etc. But, you will also be playing a song at this time.

A CD player and a song are key to making our post-recess transition quicker and more calm.

There will always be students that move faster than other students. Playing music gives them something to do while they wait. When they get to the carpet, they can sing along while everyone settles in.

After everyone is settled and the song ends, this is when Circle Time begins.

Make it a Routine

Another part of this effective transition strategy is to keep post-recess the same each day.

As teachers, we KNOW how important routines are! If you play the same song every day and stick to this routine, kids will learn the song and know how much time they have left to get to the rug before it’s too late.

These simple classroom management tips will help you get away from needing to over-remind, direct, or manage ALL the things.

When students are all seated, we can begin an engaging and fun Circle Time.

By having this solid routine, you can transition to Circle Time more efficiently and herd those kittens a little easier!

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(even if you “aren’t allowed to play”)

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