We all love teaching our children independent behaviors and here’s a great one. School mornings can be so frazzled so here’s one thing that’ll make it run smoother for your family.
This is the first year I’m a School Mom.
I didn’t think it’d be that tough, but honestly, it’s given our routine a good kick in the pants. I’ve lost hours I previously used to work or spend time reading. Then I had a shocking thought one morning… in a few years I’ll have to get 5 kids ready for school.
And that was enough to lead me on the road of School Morning Independence.
So without further ado…
How I Taught My Kindergartner to Get Herself Ready for School
- I took a few weeks and got her ready each morning, explaining carefully the different parts of the routine.
- Every morning for a week I said something like this, “Next week, you’re going to learn to get yourself ready. Woohoo! What a big girl!” (exclamations necessary)
- I created these routine cards that can be printed out and used in any order.
- I told her she’d have to look at the words and pictures to know what to do and in what order. We talked about this every morning leading up to D-Day.
- I printed the routine cards, chose the activities we typically do, then laminated them.
- We took one evening before bed to find the perfect spot in her room. She wanted to hang them in a place visible from her bed so she’d know just what to do before getting out of bed.
- The night before Go Time I explained thoroughly that she’d have to look at her cards and get ready. I’d wake her up by 7 if she wasn’t already awake (still need to get alarm clock) and then I’d leave her to it.
- As she began using the cards she’d “check in” with excitement to report her progress. If she asked for help in a task I know she can do, I’d send her back to her room to complete it.
- I do need to remind her to “move with purpose” or refer to the cards if she’s dilly dallying.
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The following situations cause my daughter to abandon her routine, beg for my help incessantly, and make our mornings unenjoyable.
- If she’s tired.
- If things aren’t “organized well.”
- If I don’t keep the flow moving.
Tips for Encouraging Morning Independence
It’s been a process of ebb and flow with the cards. She will use them routinely if I direct her to when she wakes up. Occasionally, she’ll just sit down on the floor and read a book for 10 minutes when we have to leave in 10 minutes. Can I Get an Amen?
Times are tough, ladies. Times are tough.
All in all, it was a genius creation that has helped take a lot of pressure off each morning. It isn’t perfect, but we’re getting there. I still do my daughter’s hair and get her breakfast out, but all in all she’s in charge of much of her routine.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily, the secret of your success is found in your daily routine. – John Maxwell
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