Monday, July 11, 2016

Using your iPhone to help with transitions in Kindergarten!

This year I had a weird schedule.  PE at 9:45, Lunch at 11:56, Recess at 2:25.  Nothing was a  normal time.  I had the hardest time remembering my schedule and when to transition my kindergarten class from one thing to the next.  I was late for everything.  Then I remembered I had an iPhone.  LOL.  I set timers on my phone for each transition time, so I wouldn't forget.  

Swipe up on your phone.  Touch the timer icon on the tray.  

Touch Alarm at the bottom and then the current alarms you have will show up.  I clearly have a thing for alarms.  HA.  Next click the + sign to add a new alarm.  

Once you set the desired time then you can customize the alarm! 

You can set it for every weekday, or only Wednesdays...whatever works for your schedule.  

You can give it a label, so looking at your alarm list you can see which ones are turned on.  I like this for when the schedule changes, I can easily turn off the recess alarm if it is raining.  

You can even choose what sound the phone makes when the alarm goes off.  I have started using music to indicate transitions (check out my post on it HERE), so I love choosing songs that match the transition happening.


Now you have a great reminder that it is time to line up for lunch! I am much better about sticking to the schedule when I have an alarm that reminds me!

Using Music to help with transitions in Kindergarten!

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a recording of your voice saying, "clean up!", or "come to the carpet!"  I always wish I could save my voice and somehow signal the transition.  Then it hit me, music!  

I hit up iTunes and found some great music for different transitions in our day.  To make my life easier I programmed my iPhone with the songs as alarms for these transition times.  Each transition has an alarm with the song I chose.   I typically keep my phone in my pocket, so when the alarm goes off everyone will hear!  If you don't know how to set music for alarms check out my post HERE.

You can also use your interactive white board software, or Powerpoint to add music for transitions.  Or an iTunes playlist! The options are endless.  

But enough about this.  You want to know what songs I use!  Here you go!!

Do you use music in your classroom?  What are your favorite songs for transitions?