Transition times are essential to be aware of when coming into rhythm. I remember a mother telling me it took seven minutes to get out to the car.

Transitions need to be a planned part of the day’s rhythm, rather than caught-off-guard, in-between-times.

Children usually don’t like transitions. They like to do what they are already doing! So, some tips about transitions are: slow the pace, let the children know what is coming next (no surprises), and watch for that moment of readiness when the child can make the shift. You can even say, “oh, you aren’t ready, I can wait while you finish…” Waiting is hard for children and good for parents to model it.

About the Author

Kimberley Lewis

Kimberley is a birth-to-three teacher, consultant and writer. She received her master's degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She is a RIE® Associate and avid Pikler student. She has been teaching nursery, preschool, kindergarten and parent-child classes in Waldorf schools since 2007.

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