Routines and Transitions
Routines help reduce stress for both adults and children. By planning and thinking ahead about the daily transitions such as eating, sleeping, and playtime, adults can feel more organized, and help children change from one activity to the next. When children know what to expect, they feel more safe and secure and tend to be calmer. Routines are as simple as reading a book before nap and bedtimes, or singing a special song while washing hands before eating. As preschoolers start learning about time, setting a timer, and giving a five minute countdown before the next activity can help.