After a long conversation with one of my student’s parents about creating routines and simple schedules at home, I wanted to share some of the ideas I use in the classroom with all of you. Over the years I’ve seen how important routines are in the lives of young children. As a teacher, we use simple schedules in a variety of ways to assist children in understanding routine and knowing what to expect. Routines and simple schedules go a long way in the life of a child. Young children, between the ages of 3-7 don’t live their lives according to time. They aren’t checking their watch or their smart phone for the time every minute or every hour. At young ages they don’t have a concept of time, so how can we help them understand what’s going to happen throughout their day? We can start with creating routines at home. The easiest way for them to get used to their routines is to implement simple schedules. I use schedules everyday, especially the ones that allow the children to manipulate them. Allowing children to be involved in creating and using these schedules assist in their understaning and growth. The more involved they are, the more they will be engaged and excited to use it. In return, this will make their days at home run a little smoother.
I’ve created a variety of schedules in the classroom over the years, because there are so many beneficial ways to create them. You have to find and use what works best for you and your child. Everyone’s schedule is different, so what works for me may not work for you. You may be a parent just looking to assist your child with a bedtime routine or a parent homeschooling or maybe you’re a teacher looking to assist your students with their daily classroom activities. Well, I have good news. Creating simple schedules can work for your family and all you have to do is adapt it to the needs of the children in your lives. Now let’s get started. Watch Below!
Teacher Tip: When implementing simple schedules for children, remember to always be consistent. Consistency is key.
Free Printable Schedules
*These are free printables found on Pinterest
- Free Printable Daily Routine Chart for Kids-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I0oKU9mII49ZGbJ4iuNIYz3WfOOwDo1Lk3mz47NZTDk/mobilebasic?pref=2&pli=1
- From Kid To Kid Blog – http://kidtokid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Our-Routine.jpg
- From girl In The Garage Blog – http://m.girlinthegarage.net/ru913sm/articles/55748/Kids-Morning-Bedtime-and-Ready-for-School-Free-Printables
- This is one of my favorites from My Name Is Snickerdoodle Blog – http://www.mynameissnickerdoodle.com/2012/09/chore-chart-tutorial.html?m=1
- From Raining Hot Coupons Blog – http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/morning-purple.pdf
- From Raining Hot Coupons Blog – http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Bedtime-blue.pdf
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