Preschool Classroom Management - Transition Time
Hello! I teach a 3-5 year old class of 20 preschoolers! It is definitely a lot of kiddos to have in one room. So in order to manage that better, we have created a centers-based learning system where we split up their free choice hour into three 20 minute sessions. I ring a windchime, they clean up their area and come back to the rug so that everyone can switch centers and gets a fair chance at the high interest/low availability areas such as computers.
My question is, how can I make these transitions smoother and faster? I'll have some children come right away but not clean their area or some that just want to continue playing and not come to the rug to change. So while we're trying to gather them all to the rug, the ones that came quickly get bored and restless and frequently wander off.
Any tips or ideas you have would be so appreciated! Thank you :)