Simple Classroom Transition Tip for Excusing Students to Centers

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Believe it or not, transitioning from the carpet to centers CAN be a quick and smooth process! I’ve started using a new method this year and it’s been a lifesaver for how quickly we get right to work. It’s especially helpful for students who are slow starters. Try this simple classroom transition tip for excusing students to centers and I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Try this simple classroom transition tip for excusing students to centers to help students get started quickly and efficiently!

Simple Classroom Transition Tip for Excusing Students to Centers

Here at The Kindergarten Connection, we are passionate about free-flowing centers. But what does this look like when excusing students to go to work? Hint… it isn’t one student at a time!

One student at a time takes a while, and if you’re building up center stamina or have students who take too long to decide, this can be a time-consuming process. 

Have students raise their hands to share what center they would like to start at.

An Easy and Effective Way to Excuse Students to Centers!

So, what’s the tip? Here it is!

Instead of excusing all your students one at a time, first excuse one student and ask what their choice is. Then, ask the rest of your kids who would like to join that first student at the center. Choose a few kids who raise their hands to go and join that student.

Next, pick another student and ask them what center they would like to begin at. Repeat the rest of the process until all of your kids are excused.

This simple transition strategy cuts down on the time it takes to get kids started and also helps those who struggle to start. It means you can get started with your groups faster too!

Fun centers like cut and paste activities are often popular.

Give it a try! Sometimes the simplest classroom transition tips make the biggest difference.

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

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