We all live such a fast-paced life. It’s easy to feel stressed and impatient just trying to accomplish daily tasks with our kids…i.e., asking them to pick up their toys, eat their dinner, get in the bath, brush their teeth, get ready for bed…and the list goes on. For decades teachers have used “transitional” songs as a fun way to inspire kids to move on to the next thing.
Emily Milikow, an MIT graduate who lives in Israel, decided to stay at home with her young children and eventually made the decision to homeschool them. She writes here about how effective transitional songs are in accomplishing simple goals while keeping fun and harmony in yours and your kids’ lives.
It’s so easy to make up your own songs to suit your family’s routine. The words don’t even have to rhyme! Just pick a familiar tune like Frere Jacques, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Twinkle, Twinkle, If You’re Happy & You Know It, Jingle Bells, Clementine, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Happy Birthday… or any nursery rhyme or song you can think of…and start creating your musical message.
For example, here are two “clean-up” songs that toddlers can learn and still be singing a few years down the road. (Written by Tania Cowling; Edited by Amanda Grove)
Pick Up Toys Song (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
It’s time to pick the toys up now,
Toys up now, toys up now.
Time to pick the toys up now,
Let’s see who does the best.
Clean Up Song (Tune: London Bridges)
Susie put the toys away,
Toys away, toys away.
Susie put the toys away,
It’s cleanup time.
And here’s the link to the site where I found those songs.
I’d love to hear about any of your own personal success stories with transitional songs. Also, if you have any difficult or unusual topics you’d like to see addressed in a song, please share those ideas, too. Maybe I can help!