How To Teach Your Children To Be Organized In The Morning ~ Mornings run more smoothly and are less stressful with these easy to follow tips and ideas.
Driving around I have noticed numerous school signs announcing that the school office will be opening soon, I just read an article in the newspaper this morning about how to get your child ready for school and while I was in Wal-Mart yesterday I saw mothers and children filling shopping carts with their school supplies. I thought I would share with you how to teach your children to be organized in the morning to help make the transition back to school a little bit easier.
Not only is it an exciting time, but it is also a readjustment period. Families have just spent the past couple of months in summer mode where children got to stay up later because they could sleep in the next morning. Deciding what to wear was an unimportant decision and lunch and snacks were often last minute things to whip up because there was no need to have it ready the night before. There was no bus to catch, no homework to do or forms to fill out and the many other things that need to be done during the school year.
Then suddenly, actually, literally overnight, everyone is in full gear again adjusting to the demands, expectations and being organized for school when the first day of school arrives. In my household it was really apparent because not only was I getting myself organized as a teacher for back to school, I was also getting my family organized for their back to school as well. It was essential that I be very organized as a teacher but also as a Mom and that I support my children in being organized so they could be successful and prepared for their learning day.
The solution for how to teach your children to be organized in the morning is to establish and consistently follow through on routines. Children love routines because it takes the guessing game out of what is next and sets clear boundaries for what is expected of them. It is quite remarkable to watch my students enter the classroom every morning and observe them immediately follow the routine tasks listed on the ‘Morning Routine Classroom Chart’. Everyone is buzzing around taking care of all of their duties like hanging up their outdoor clothing and backpack, handing in their agenda, notes and forms, ordering their milk, reading the day plan so they can take out the necessary learning materials for the first lesson of the day. It is these established routines that help to organize the rest of the day.
Routines are just as important at home and especially in the morning when everyone is trying to get out of the door. There are a lot of things for children to remember to put on and remember to bring so it can be pretty chaotic and stressful making sure nothing is forgotten. What I did was create a personal morning routine chart titled:
How To Teach Your Children To Be Organized In The Morning
It was used simply as a checklist and was a nice guide for my children to make sure they had everything they needed without me constantly reminding them. Let me explain how it worked.
The morning routine actually began the night before as part of the evening routine. Lunches were always made while dinner dishes were being done, homework was completed and placed in the backpack, the outfit for the next day was placed on the bedroom chair and even the outdoor clothing as in coat, hat, mitts, and boots if it was wintertime were set by the front door. The school agenda was set out at each child’s place setting at the kitchen table open to the day’s date so we could review what was happening that day. Any school forms or notes that had to be returned were also set out beside the agenda.
My experience is that children love checklists and tracking their progress. So I made a morning routine task list for each of my daughters so they could refer to it to make sure that they had everything taken care of. They could then review the list and check off each task that they had completed. I then quickly reviewed the list with them and put my initial at the bottom as further confirmation. Let my digress a little and talk about some learning theory why this system works. There are three types of learning styles including the auditory learner who learns best by listening, the visual learner who learns best by seeing and the kinesthetic learner who learns best by touching. With this system I provided my children with all three forms of learning to help reinforce the routines I was trying to teach them. They read the tasks, which, was the visual connection, they checked them off which created the kinesthetic understanding and when I orally reviewed the tasks with them it then became an auditory experience.
Establishing routines does not happen overnight. I find it takes about six weeks for both my students and my own children to really hit the smooth running independent stage. It may take less or more time depending on their age and maturity level so, be patient and remain consistent. Plus, just when I think everything is running smoothly and perfectly, I do have to give a quick refresher course every so often because they seem to have momentarily forgotten everything they learned because after all, they are children.
Lastly, I try not to have too many tasks because that is too much to track. But with that being said, the younger the child, the more they need the tasks broken down and will need more guidance and support compared to the older child who can handle more on their own.
I have compiled my other articles all to do with being more organized in this round up titled 10 Ways To Be More Organized. Clicking on the image will also take you to the article…
If you get a chance to use this system with your children, let me know how it works.
I would love to read your comments!
Thanks from ‘Time With Thea’!