Songs for transition times and daily chores in ECE.

There are infernally boring tidy-up songs, and then there are just the commands and then there are some nice ones which actually soothe the singer while chivvying others along. this is quite a nice song that I learned once.

Clean Up Time

Tick-tock goes the clock
What does it have to say?
Time for us to pick up our toys
and put them all away

https://blog.bellalunatoys.com/2014/waldorf-verses-songs-for-children.html. The video shows you the tune it is sung to.

She also has a song for folding the washing which would be great to follow onto my one… once they are old hands!! so to speak.

Folding Laundry

Corner to corner
Meet and greet
Fold our cloth so nice and neat!

….and here is my much more long winded version but which could be made fun? Folding washing

Check it out, it is sung to the tune of London Bridge is falling down.

I once wrote a hand washing one, because basically the ‘wet and forget’ strategy of 90% of children is simply, as I read with horror once, and primarily making ‘super highways for germs’. Better not to wash at all frankly!!

Loose parts, and a list to send out to parents!

Here is a lovely passage from https://reggiokids.blogspot.com/  Which is also where the wonderful image of the tower of cotton reels and glass jars comes from….

“Where do you begin?

Naturally you must begin at the beginning!

You have a new group of preschoolers or kindergarten children, your environment is ready, the room is full of loose materials, provocations….

The children arrive and chaos erupts.

Your materials are everywhere. Dumped, disposed, and disheveled best describe your classroom.

And you wonder how and why this happened.

Aren’t the children supposed to know how?

Did you?

Extraordinary work, must be supported by solid foundations. Begin slowly, introduce your hundred languages, one at a time. Children like artists needs skills to create masterpieces. After 15 years of this work, we now find ourselves back to basics, as we have lost most of our proficient  ECE teachers to school board full day kindergarten.It is somewhat discouraging to have to begin anew, teaching teachers to work in the “Reggio Inspired” way but we forge ahead committed to the process.
Rome was not build in one day!”

I resonate with these very questions. And will probably write again on the subject. I have worked in centres where the children produce extraordinary work and there are numerous causative factors and it fascinates me as to what the key teaching strategies are, and also the role the environment plays as ‘the third teacher’.

Because I have been working at a centre where I have had the privilege of being a sort of ‘artist-in-residence’, I accidentally slid into the role of ‘supplier of loose parts’ and ‘organiser of shelves in the art area’…. and spent quite a while looking for ideas that I could collate into a send home list, asking parents to help us to supply the children with the wherewithal to play with ‘loose parts’. Some of you have seen this on my facebook page and asked me to share the list, so here you go. If you share it, please invite the recipients to like my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/storytellingthreads

Here is my introductory letter for the list,Loose parts letter to parents for web page

And here is the list itself Loose parts 2 and there are items which are highlighted in yellow because some things can be played with in the block corner, the family area as well as in the ‘transient/ephemeral art’ corner. Meaning that they are not for simply  hot gluing onto an empty cereal box!