Transitions take up 15 per cent of the time in a childcare setting. These include getting children to move from one class to another and having them take a toilet break.
In December 2019, Wendy Ong, Executive Principal, My First Skool (MFS) (Block 140 Serangoon North) read that young children between the ages of 18 months to 6 years old do feel anxious during transitions. Two months later, she rallied her team of teachers to brainstorm innovative ways to make transitions fun for children, and at the same time, beneficial for their growth and development.
Wendy’s team came up with a project titled ‘Move and Groove’, which consists of fun and creative activities during transitions that enhance children’s locomotor skills and benefit them in other developmental areas.
In March 2020, the school implemented the transitional activities, which enabled more than 130 children to stay engaged and have fun at school, while improving their gross motor skills. Besides that, the previously mundane transitions became smooth and meaningful, and the children found the transitions a fun routine when they moved from one activity to the next.
Examples of such transitions include pasting numbers on the floor, and children had to jump and count from 1 to 10 as they made their way to the toilet. Another was building a “bridge” with little stools stacked together, for children to learn balance while they found their way to the next class.
“Children do not like breaks in activities. Having fun transitions made it more spontaneous for the children at our school, and now, they feel excited to move on to the next activity,” Wendy said.
Students of My First Skool at Block 140 Serangoon North engaging in an activity during a transition to the next class.