Modifying Transitions and Routines

Strategies for helping children to stay engaged and successful in the classroom

Transitioning from one activity to the next can be a very challenging time for children and educators. In this suite, we explore how to best support children in transitions. We’ll learn how to increase their efficiency and effectiveness, and we’ll also see the importance of consistent routines.

Hallmarks of This Strategy

Give Clear Expectations

Well-organized transitions and routines help children understand and remember what to do.

Create Reliable Routines

Consistency makes children feel safe and helps them to know what to expect. Both help children engage successfully in the classroom.

Use Engaging Transitions

Use songs, tasks, and short activities during transitions to avoid wait times that can lead to challenges.


Effective Transitions

In this lesson, we explore what an effective transition is, why it’s important, and what it looks like.


Spotting Effective Transitions

In this lesson, you’ll have a chance to spot the key elements of an effective transition.


Effective Routines

In this lesson, we cover effective routines, why they matter, and what they look like.


Additional Resources

Guide to Modifying Transitions and Routines (Español)

Learn more about this strategy and its importance, and learn tips for trying it in your classroom.

Family Guide to Planning for Transitions and Routines (Español)

Share this guide with families to communicate the strategies you're using at school. Take time to make connections between how children are supported at home and in the classroom.

Transition Visual Cards

Use these visuals and tips to plan and implement effective transitions in your classrooms.