Chant through Transitions
It's hard for toddlers to stop doing what they're absorbed in. Compose short, rhythmic chants to ease change between activities. "Soon we'll clean up our blocks. Soon we'll get ready for lunch time" is a fine chant to alert toddlers that there will be a change in activity. Chant in two or three notes and use simple words to explain what will happen next. Chanted melodies can ease separation troubles too. For a toddler who's sad or worried and wants his poppa or momma to come get him, use a familiar melody ( such as "The farmer in the Dell") and chant "You want your momma (or poppa) to come back soon." This chant reassures him that his folks will be there shortly!
Recommended Age: 2-3 year olds
Kind: Offline Activity
Key Concepts: Flexibility, Routines
Standard: IT-ATL 5, P-ATL 2
Given the school closures, CTB is sharing daily activities (digital and physical) that are standards-aligned and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Also see our research-backed assessment and learning games for parents and children.