does “transition” mean?
dictionary defines transitions as the process of changing from one
form, state, activity, or place to another. Throughout our lives
each of us will go through many transitions: marriage, beginning a career,
the death of a loved one, or becoming a parent. All of these transitions
can be difficult as you adjust to the new experiences. If you were to
ask a group of adults about their life transitions, a good many will
reflect on their first days of school. Some will recall it as a pleasant,
enjoyable experience while others will wince and cringe at the memory.
What we do as parents and as professional educators of young children
can make a tremendous difference in how these future adults will respond
to the question of how they viewed their first school experiences.
is it so important to provide effective transitions?
There is a great deal of information indicating that a child’s
success in school can be linked, at least in part, to effective transition
practices and activities. Children’s early experiences lay the
foundation for enjoying school and performing well.
of this website
This website is a collaborative
effort of the SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory and the National
Head Start Association. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of transition
information and resources for families, professionals, and community
partnerships to use as they address children’s transitions into
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