The start of the day can be harrowing, especially if you have kids of different ages who need to get to different places! The only way I know of getting everyone out of the door on time and with everything they need, is to establish good routines and stick to them. Routine charts can be incredibly helpful for a child’s growing independence. Young kids who can manage a few steps independently in the morning, become kids who are responsible for their own school materials, and then become teens who are capable of managing their own timetables.
I chatted with Liam, Robbie and Jo on air this morning about routine charts on Brisbane’s 96Five. If you missed it, check out the podcast!
- Don’t confuse reward charts with routine charts
- Move from photographs, to pictorial symbols, to words and symbols, then finally to timetables
- Keep it age appropriate (a 4 year old can probably manage a 4 step morning routine… a 6 year old can manage 6 steps)
- Remember that the aim is independence! Let them be responsible for their tasks.
There are three ways to go about starting off a new routine chart for your child. You can make it yourself from scratch, use one that others find works for them, or buy a ready-made one. The advantage of making your own is that you can truly personalise it for your child. Photos are especially effective for young kids. Take a photo of the breakfast cereal, the kindy bag, the school uniform, the sunscreen… whatever!
If you’d like to use a routine chart from other mums, try one of these:
Childhood101 – I highly recommend Christie’s FREE printable routine cards for young kids. Photos ready to go!
Living Locurto – This simple set of 4 FREE routine cards for young ones is print-ready.
The Organised Housewife – Print out Katrina’s FREE morning or evening routine chart for primary school kids.
Buttoned Up – Try this FREE weekly schedule for kids in middle school. Laminate it, then fill it out together at the start of each week with a fine whiteboard marker.
(Photographic routine cards from Childhood 101)
Do you use routine charts in your home? What works for you? Know of another printable worth sharing…?