After a long conversation with one of my student’s parents about creating routines and simple schedules at home, I realized how important it is for me to share some of my ideas 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? Well, we can start with creating routines at home or in school. The easiest way for them to get used to their routines is to implement simple schedules. I love schedules, especially the ones that allow the children to manipulate them. Make sure you allow the kids to be involved in creating and using these schedules. 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 and in school run a little smoother.
I’ve created a variety of schedules over the last 15 years of teaching, 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. Create simple schedules can work or all of you and all you have to do is adapt it to the needs of the children in your lives. Now let’s get started.
I’ve created a list of links to some amazing FREE printable schedules that you can print and customize for your use. These schedule samples will also give you ideas on exactly what you want to add into your child’s schedule. Have fun while creating your child’s schedule and allow them to get involved int he creation process. This will help them own this schedule as their own. Have fun and let me know how your schedules work out for you at home or in the classroom.
Teacher Tip: When implementing simple schedules for kids, remember to always be consistent. Consistency is key.
Free Printable Schedules
*These are free printables found on Pinterest
- 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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