Enjoy a Mindful Moment. Practicing mindfulness can increase mental focus and physical energy. It’s also an effective way to cope with stress and feelings of anxiety, as it helps you to focus on the present moment. Pull a card from the Mindful Moments deck and enjoy a mindful moment before you move onto your next activity. If you have the ability to use a video projector or display screen in your classroom, bookmark our new relaxation video, Relax with Dakota: A Mindful Meditation for Kids! The guided relaxation video is available in English and Spanish and with a total run time of 2 minutes – it’s the perfect small dose of mindfulness to calm everyone back down.
Move Your Way to Your Next Activity. Being physically active before starting a new activity is a great way to encourage memory retention and focus in your students. Try a quick fitBoost activity to do just that! If you need something for seated learners, we’ve got that too! Check out fitBoost in Place.
Plan a BINGO Day. Use the Food Bingo printable to add a little extra nutrition lesson throughout the day. Give each student a BINGO sheet as their own and pull one letter from the BINGO list after each lesson. Whoever has a BINGO (or closest to it) at the end of the day gets to choose a transition activity for the next day.
Make Time for a Self-Check-In. Sometimes we need to take a moment or two to check in on our feelings and emotions. Print off a Feelings and Emotions Chart for each of your students, and have them put a check mark under the emotion they feel in that moment. At the end of the day, encourage them to review the emotions they’ve marked throughout the day to teach them about the fluidity of feelings and emotions.
Take a Trip to Your Sensory Path. A sensory path is a great way to rejuvenate your students’ minds and bodies in between lessons. Put the Wellness Way Sensory Path up in your hallway or on your bulletin board and encourage everyone to go through the sensory path or enjoy their favorite part of the path if you’re short on time.
Add in a Music Transition. Kids love to sing! Transitions are a great time to use educational songs, like of the fitMusic tracks. These catchy, upbeat songs provide a fun way for kids to learn about making healthy choices. Our top picks include:
- Fruits and Veggies Give Me Energy
- A Really, Really, Really Super Good Day
- To Be Your Best, You Need to Rest
Some kids respond to certain transition activities better than others. Try a few out until you find what works best for them and you! Transitions can be stressful or frustrating at times, but building these skills is important. Provide kids with verbal and nonverbal cues, talk about your expectations, and support kids before, during, and after the transition. Give them positive attention and feedback to reinforce the routine.
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