“Is it time yet?”, “Is it my turn?”, “When do we go to lunch?”…..Sound familiar? It should, as most preschoolers will repeat these questions many times during the day. One of my favorite strategies for helping children understand when it will be time for the desired activity, or when it will be time to change activities, is to use a visual countdown.
The visual countdown is a simple, graphic way to count down from 5 (the beginning of one activity) to 1 (the end of that activity and the beginning of the next). Used with or without verbal cues, students learn to look at the countdown chart to check how close they are getting to the next activity. Save your voice by using the visual countdown. It really can help!!
I am including 3 links to give you access to samples of visual countdowns that may work for you in your classroom. Let me know if you have a chance to use them and what did or did not work for you! Miss Debi