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101 Learning and Transition Activities is a unique resource that includes a plethora of activities for teachers and families to share with children. This wonderful resource first defines what a transition activity is, and then introduces the reader to the Seven Elements of Good Transition Activities: preparation, variety, repetition, enthusiasm, interaction, timing, and age appropriateness. Those seven elements are then applied in categories, which provide fun and interesting ideas that will not only transition children, but also keep them engaged and involved. The seven categories include Character Sketch/Role Play; Imagination; Large and Small Motor; Recognition and Memory; Quieting Down/Crowd Control; and Repetition. Each activity presents the objective, approximate duration, appropriate ages, and required materials. The authors concisely walk caregivers through the steps of the activity and then provide Practical Tips on such topics as the acquisition of supplies, ways to shorten or lengthen an activity, and safety guidelines to follow with children. Each page includes ample space for readers to add their own activity or to make notes for future activities. This must-have resource promotes the use of children’s imagination while directly incorporating their input into each activity.
Table of Contents
Introduction - What is a Transition Activity
Seven Elements of Good Transition Activities
Seven Types of Transition Activities
Transition Activities - Character Sketch/Role Play
Transition Activities - Imagination
Transition Activities - Large & Small Motor Skills/Active
Transition Activities - Recognition/Memory
Transition Activities - Singing - With or Without Actions
Transition Activities - Quiet Down/Crowd Control
Transition Activities - Repetition
Transition Activities - Your Turn
About the Author Br
Bradley Smith received his degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. He accepted a position as the Executive Director of First Assembly of God Child Development Center in Des Moines, Iowa. At First Assembly, Bradley led a team of over fifty teachers, administrators and support team members. By 2002 their program averaged over 200 children per day ranging in age from six weeks to sixth grade. In 1998 he organized HandPrint Productions, a non-profit corporation to which he is the current President. HandPrint Productions is a training and consulting organization in the areas of human resources, leadership and early childhood education. The corporation provides consultation to small businesses and child care centers.
Adam Smith has spent years working with the children of First Assembly, and he was the curriculum director at the Amazin Grace Child Care Center. Currently he's the owner of Headscratch Films and Design.