Schedules will include many routines, such as a morning routine of
waking, bathing, dressing, eating, etc., an afternoon routine and an
evening routine. Don't forget to add the adult routines into your
schedule. Developing routines and putting together schedules will help
you and your children put things in order and know what needs to be
accomplished for the day. Creating before/after school and evening
routines and schedules will help your children and you as the parent
keep things under control, organized and life running smoother.
=>Decide what is expected of your child, such as making their bed in
the morning, putting their school bags in a certain location, and
putting their toys and clothes away. Create a chore board or check out I
Did My Chores HERE
=>Give your children some down time each day from you, their
activities and their chores. Take some down time for yourself too.
to the bank and get lots of quarters and one dollar bills. This saves
last minute scrambles for snack money, lunch money and field trip money.
-- Ellen Kambol, FSII
=> Depending on the child's age be aware that they might
not be as fast or quick as you when it comes to moving or putting stuff
away. Time the class for a day or two when asked to do something to get
a better idea of how long a "task" might take for your class to
=> I must tell you I feel the need to get on
my soapbox for a minute here. In my area I have attended Grandparents
Day at two different schools. Lunch time was actually painful for me at
both schools. The time allotted and the constant "clock watching" did
nothing for my eating experience or digestive system and I can only
image what it's doing to the children exposed to this behavior everyday.
My grandson now has a terrible habit of "shoving" his food in whole and
when at home we remind him he can take his time and enjoy his food.
Perhaps schools will revisit the time they have allotted for eating.
Eating too fast and under stress I imagine leads to a HOST of health