Transition Times - I use my iPad to create musical cues. The
app is called ClassCues, and it's available for iPad and
iPhone -- not sure about Android. I have music for Rotations
(by far, the most used), Snack/Recess, and Lunch.
Carpet Time - when we are coming to carpet, I have a rhythm
pattern that I keep doing over. "Sh, sh-sh, sh, sh-sh, sh,
sh-sh shhhhhhhhh." It's bouncy, not straight, and the kids
have been practicing how to snap their fingers so that they
can snap along to the beat like I do.
Line ups - there are line-up chants all over the Internet,
and I have a bunch of different ones that I use:
"1-2-3-4, stand up tall and face the door, 5-6-7-8, sh, sh,
so we won't be late!"
(Sung to Frere Jacques) "I am ready (echo), For the hall
(echo), I am facing forward (echo), Won't talk at all
"Tootsie roll (roll, roll-shoulder), Lollipop (lick, lick),
we are talking, shhh, shhh (make hands move like talking),
now we stop! (hands at sides)."
Sitting Time - one thing I had to learn the hard way, was not
to let the kids sit at carpet OR at their desks for long
periods of time. I use 10 minutes as a max, then we stand up
and do something - the Pledge of Allegiance (yes, we still
say that every morning), make our letters with our bodies, do
a Jack Hartmann exercise video to our letters or numbers,
pretend we are the Alphafriend of the week (last week we were
Kangaroos to a song I found about Kangaroos). Let them move,
they really, really need to get up and move!