Imagine your preschool classroom full of happy, cooperative boys and girls, all actively engaged in your well-planned learning opportunities. Use schedules in your classroom to make this happen for you!
1. Use whole-class schedules to help your preschoolers move in the same direction.
Ok, so you probably do this already. If you don't, definitely start here! We all fall off the bandwagon with strategies that we don't believe bring results. When used correctly, schedules are the gold in your teaching toolbox.
Do you repeat yourself to one or many children throughout the day? Do you find yourself comforting Beth when all you need her to do is pick up the toys? Are you frustrated by a lack of cooperation, tantrums and meltdowns?
Classroom schedules depict each major activity in your day (i.e. Morning Meeting, Free Choice, Centers, etc.). Schedules create visual predictability for your class, especially when children are new to your classroom.
Make whole-class schedules easily viewable to all of your children. This could be in your circle area or by the door, but should be at eye level with your children.
Whole-class schedules will be sufficient for most of the children in your class. Refer to the schedule often throughout the day. When children ask you questions about when they can do or have something they want, direct them to the schedule.
Make one of your own, or buy a premade kit like the one below.
Use this free schedule with each child who consistently struggles with transitions. Simply make small pictures (try Google Images or Boardmaker), laminate them and put Velcro on the back.
Start with the activities in the To Do column, and have the child move the pictures to the Done column when it's time to transition.
Welcome! Through my career I have worn many hats. I taught preschool in a public, commercial preschool and I taught at a Head Start program. Currently, I am a BCBA, supervising 2 clinics for children with autism. At the clinics, I have created a program to prepare our children for success in public school. Children participate in a preschool classroom style program. I developed a comprehensive parent training program and frequently consult with schools. Here, I want to share my experiences and offer some practical advice. Please let me know if there is ever a topic you would like me to cover!