One of my bloggy BFF's Gina from Third Grade Tidbits and I were texting about how our kids transition during our stations. In the past I've used bells, the weird magic want thing from the teacher store that I wish I'd thought of because it's basically a bent hanger for $10, and the timer beeping.
But c'mon! That's no fun! This year I've put lots of fun ringtones onto my iPhone and I use the timer on the iPhone for math and reading stations! When the timer goes off and the song starts my kids clean up their station and move on while dancing....and singing....usually into pencils. And maybe I'm doing that too! Why not be silly and have fun? Today we tried Don't Worry Be Happy and collectively decided it didn't have a very good tune to boogie to so it's off the list.
Her are our top five hits for transitions:
1. Don't Stop Believing by Journey
2. Boogie Shoes by KC & The Sunshine Band
3. Dallas Theme Song- because it's such an awesome show! No words, but high boogie factor!
4. Footloose by Kenny Loggins!
5. Ho Hey by the Lumineers
In December we danced like Charlie Brown characters to the Lucy and Linus song!
As soon as the music stops I'm starting my next small group and I expect my kids to be at their station or almost there. We mean business in first grade! My kids know the expectation and we don't want to go back to boring old timer sounds so they get started on their next station right away. It's a good break for all of us.
* I TRIPLE DOG DARE y'all to try it in your classrooms!*