Ready or not, it is time for our fall routines! For many of us that includes tracking – and balancing – school, sports, and family time. If there is a way I can make it a bit easier – and give the kiddo some ownership – I am all in.
Whether school starts next week, or this is Week 3 of the new year, now is the perfect time to look at what has worked, what hasn’t, and what just might. This pair of suggestions can help learners of all types and ages.
The best way to make something stick is to get the kids invested in the process and take ownership of your expectations. So we have included a way to do that with each suggestion.
Daily Routine Checklist
There is a lot that goes into getting ready for school in the morning, and then handling any related tasks in the afternoon. It is never too young to get organized, and checklists offer very easy, visual ways to show what is expected and also what’s done.
Work together with your child to create the list. Trust the kids to come up with a design that works for them. It may be that a new printed page is best, but they might also have some great ideas on a “reusable” list, too.
- Write the list on poster board and draw Xs or checkmarks on Post-it Notes to move into and out of place each day.
- Agree on the best place to post the Routine Checklist in a spot where they will see and remember to use it.