“Secret Signal” Transition Tip for Pre-K & Kindergarten

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Are transitions hard for your students? Transitions take lots of practice in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Expecting kiddos to just get up and move on to the next task or subject right away, while also being quick and quiet, is not realistic. I used to use a “secret signal” to excuse students at lunch, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t use it at other times of the day too! I am sure you are wondering what I am referring to. Read along and I will teach you all about The “Secret Signal” transition tip that is so easy and effective, you will use it all day long!

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Transitions in Pre-K & Kindergarten can be hard. The "Secret Signal" transition tip is so easy and effective, you will use it all day long!

“Secret Signal” Transition Tip for Pre-K & Kindergarten

In early childhood classrooms, we spend a lot of time practicing classroom transitions. Transitions to Circle Time and centers, lining up for recess and lunch, etc… they all take practice.

In my classroom, we use what we call “the secret signal” to show that we are prepared to be excused.

So what exactly IS “the secret signal?” Students are showing me the secret signal that they are ready to go when their hands are in their laps and they are quiet. It’s really that simple!

The Secret Signal for transitions is when students are sitting quietly with their hands in their lap.

Now that the kids know the expectations, when it’s time to transition I can say… “Show me the secret signal when you’re ready!”

It works super well and is EASY! My mom actually came up with it – she’s behind many of our tips and tricks here at The Kindergarten Connection, as she has been in early childhood education for over 30 years!

When students are chatting they are not ready for the next transition.

Let me know if you’re going to try this super simple and effective transition tip!

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