To do: Establish a morning routine, answer ‘who does what’ for the whole family.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Writing surface like paper, whiteboard, chalkboard
Make a checklist of morning activities! Children love routine and will appreciate knowing exactly what to do when they get up.
Start by creating a morning chart or checklist of to-do’s. Even if you don’t keep this posted anywhere in the house, at least having the conversation will allow you to direct your child’s attention if they need reminders. “Do you remember our chart, and what we agreed on for morning responsibilities?”
This can be a fun, creative exercise! Grab a piece of paper and your favorite writing medium, crayons, markers, or chalk, and have a field day. Alternatively, if you have a whiteboard you use for family reminders, that would be a good place for morning tasks as well.
For pre-writers: Try drawing a sun to indicate morning. Next, speak about what the morning routine is like. Draw a shirt and pants to indicate getting dressed. Next, perhaps a cereal bowl or banana to represent breakfast. And lastly, a backpack and car to show you’re on your way to school!
For early writers: Involve your child in the writing process! Writing together, and letting them see you write, helps to showcase the importance of written communication. If your child only ever sees you typing a grocery list on a phone or computer, they lose the connection of ‘why’ we learn handwriting.
After creating your list, read through one more time. “Wow! These are all the things we do in the morning. We wake up, we get dressed, we eat breakfast, and then we go to school!”
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