Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Terrific Transitions

Using chimes is how I transition my student throughout the day. I used to have my students transition using songs but I found that it could be time consuming and I had to get up to turn the song on and off. After reading The Daily 5, I decided to transition using chimes. This was probably one of the best purchases I could have made for my classroom. It is an unobtrusive way to get my students attention in and even has a calming effect on them.  People are always commenting on how they love the chimes. My principal even wrote in a classroom observation: "I like how you use the chimes to change centers (I remember this from last year as well); it's not loud, and the students respond well to it." I couldn't have said it better myself! This is how I transition for every activity in my classroom! During literacy and math centers my students hear the chimes 3 times and know to clean up and switch quietly. When they are working at their seats or doing group projects and I chime once they know to stop, look, and listen. It takes some practice at the beginning of the year but it is wonderful when all the students listen. This way I never have to raise my voice, noisely clap to get attention, or play music that sometimes students get into too much. It has worked well for me, give it a try. Here are the chimes I have in my classroom: 

I couldn't find my chimes on Amazon anymore but your can buy these which have great reviews:
If you click on the Amazon link it will take you directly to these.

Woodstock Percussion ZENERGY3 Zenergy Chime, Trio Percussion Instrument
Link up with Little Miss Kindergarten to see other ways to transition your students!


  1. Hi Jess, thanks for commenting about the chimes on my lead me to your post! I had no idea you could get these chimes on Amazon! They are approx. $10 cheaper on amazon. Yeah! I'm a new follower too!

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  2. Great! Glad I could help someone out! I love using chimes!

  3. I love the idea of a chime. I will have to see if I can find one...where did you get yours? I'm a new follower. Follow me if you don't already.
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  4. Thanks for being a follower, I got the chimes on I am a follower of yours already...I love your bucket filling post!

  5. If you're craftsy, or know someone who is, you could make one of these! My husband helped me make something very similiar for a "Music in the Classroom" I had to take as an undergraduate. The kids love it!