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Singing As a Transition Tool

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tara Katz, in her article, Helping Young Children Through Daily Transitions (which forms the basis for an Out of the Box Training Kit), provides a number of strategies for helping make transitions easier for children. One of those strategies is the use of singing. She explains:

“How many of us have heard, or sung, “Clean up, clean up everybody, everywhere…” Well it works! After almost 30 years of teaching, I have found that a little song puts everyone at ease and lets the children know what to expect without a lot of words. All too often adults talk at children, overwhelming them with information. A song that is used to signal a transition is like magic; in fact it is so magical that one has to merely hum the well-known tune and children will immediately go into the transition.”

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