Morning is the most hectic time of day in many houses. You’re getting ready for work, making breakfast, preparing your kids’ lunches and frantically trying to get your children ready for school. There has to be a better way! Fortunately, most children, even young preschoolers, can help get themselves ready in the morning. A simple morning routine will direct your preschooler and provide stability. By creating a morning routine for your preschool-aged child, she can get ready by herself and simplify your morning.
Items you will need
- Markers or crayons
- Scissors (optional)
- Glue (optional)
Decide what your preschooler can do by herself in the morning. Preschoolers are developing a sense of independence and may surprise you with how much your little one can do on her own. A typically-developing preschooler should be able to follow simple directions such as go to the bathroom, wash hands and get dressed.
Make a visual chart displaying the morning routine with your preschooler. Because your child cannot yet read and her memory may not be razor sharp, a poster with pictures depicting each step of the routine will help. Enlist your child’s help with creating the poster. She can color, glue and cut paper with help. If she helps create the visual aid, she will accept more ownership of the routine and will be enthusiastic about following it. Hang the poster in a highly visible area.
Explain each step of the routine to your child. Show her where to find the necessary items such as clothes or shoes. You may want to practice the routine with your preschooler until she gets the hang of it.
Offer rewards when your child does a good job following the routine. Children enjoy knowing they accomplished their tasks and earned a prize. You may want to offer a fun activity or a small treat to reward your preschooler’s hard work.
Evaluate the routine after a week or so. Are the elements of the morning routine reasonable for a preschooler to accomplish? Is your child easily finishing everything on the list? Be prepared to change the routine if necessary.
- Limit the routine to three or four items. Young children will be unable to finish more than that.
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