Transitions and Other Troublesome Times | Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1: Transitions Between Activities

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • identify reasons why transitions between activities are often difficult for young children;
  • describe strategies for making transitions between activities a smooth and pleasant experience;
  • identify positive guidance techniques for supporting children’s needs during transitions between activities.

Lesson 2: Challenging Times in Children's Days

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • identify strategies for making lunchtime and naptime enjoyable and peaceful for everyone;
  • indicate strategies for keeping children happy on indoor days;
  • describe ways of making special occasions meaningful and successful;
  • describe procedures to end the day pleasantly and send children home in a happy frame of mind.

Lesson 3: More Changes and Challenges

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • discuss the challenges of transitioning from home care to child care, and how to help children and parents adjust to your program and overcome separation anxiety;
  • describe strategies for easing the stress of transitions between age groups in early childhood programs;
  • identify the challenges of transitioning to kindergarten and how to support children and their parents, including parents of children with special needs;
  • outline strategies for easing the stress of challenging changes at the program, including staff turnover, staff absences, and changes in program policies.

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