Elevating Early Childhood

My Foolproof Formula to Improve Cleanup Transitions

April 17, 2023

Do transitions in your classroom have you at the end of your rope? Does it feel like you’re trying to herd kittens during arrival, dismissal, or cleanup time?

Then I have two things to tell you:

  1. You’re not alone.
  2. I can help!

You see, transitions are something that all early childhood teachers struggle with. Yes, even the most experienced ones.

The issue is that even though everyone says transitions are important, no one ever gives you an actual roadmap to follow.

And that can leave teachers like you and me feeling a bit… all over the place.

Lucky for you, because I’ve been through this more than enough times, I’ve come up with a foolproof formula to easy transitions in the preschool classroom; specifically, cleanup transitions.

So if getting your preschool students to clean up seems like an impossible task, this episode is for you!

Well then, what are you waiting for?

Tune in now.


Key Takeaways:

Are cleanup transitions a nightmare for you? (00:00)

The four building blocks of cleanup time (03:05)

An easy step-by-step process you can follow (06:07)

Some troubleshooting tips (21:13)


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Watch my previous transition video here.

- Get my Visual Routine Bundle here.

- Get my Back to School Bundle here.


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