We are on the final stretch before school starts. Today’s back to school preparation tip is: Practice the Daily School Routine. We usually get far more relaxed with the day to day schedule during the summer months. The school year demands more structured days. Get back into the groove by practicing the daily routines now.
Routines are important for kids because:
- they let kids know what to expect
- provide a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline
- they give children the opportunity to participate in the day to day
- also fosters their independence
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It’s important to take the time to define the routines. You can group them by time of day, when they take place and/or where they take place. Three routine examples are:
- Morning routine
- After school routine
- Bedtime routine
List the tasks associated to each routine. Establish wake up times, nap times (if you have small children) and time for bed. Make sure to include relaxation, play and family time. Also include tasks for getting things ready for the next day:
- Have children prepare their backpacks after they are done with homework.
- Pack lunches and snacks.
- Have children pack their gear for extracurricular activities (dance, sports, music, etc.).
Now you have a framework to work from.
Children benefit from reminders just like we do. Post routines as a visual reminder of the order to follow.
Frame routines to double as wall art. Place them where tasks would take place. Morning and bedtime routines would be best kept in the bathroom.
Bonus tip: Turn framed routines into checklists by keeping a dry-erase marker nearby and having kids tick off tasks as they are completed. Remember to reward children for completing the tasks they complete.
Set up Systems to Support Routines
Supply the systems to make it easy for your children to follow routines. A well stocked homework station makes it easy for children to complete homework. Having a paper management system in place helps you and your family to manage all the school papers that require some sort of action. to A simple coat and hat hook makes a great spot to set tomorrow’s clothes aside. Another option is to select clothes for the entire week on Sunday afternoon and separate them using tags or labels with the day of the week. Whatever the task make sure to have a system in place to support it.
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