With a new baby throwing our old routines off, I knew that I would need to be intentional if I was going to make time to specifically pour into my older son.
The first thing I did was set up a preschool routine for him. Even though I hadn’t planned on doing any type of “formal” school with K until he was a little older, I realized that he did a lot better behavior-wise with the mental stimulation and one-on-one time from doing “school work.”
We’ve mostly stuck to our new school routine for about a month now and it is working great for us! We do reading every day, math on Mondays, science on Tuesdays, art on Wednesdays, Thursdays are a bonus day (we learned about Forth of July for a few weeks), and Fridays are a fun day (half the days hubby is off of work and half I try to plan something that’s just a fun activity).
“Monday is for Math” (Image from Instagram – join us there!)
It’s worked great because the routine is simple and allows for a lot of flexibility if things need to be switched around.
After establishing our school routine, I began thinking about getting the rest of the day running a bit smoother. I knew I wanted something that could allow for a lot of flexibility (we aren’t very good with strict schedules), but also highlighted the basic things my son does every day. I wanted something that would help him to be aware of what to expect in the day and help me to be intentional with his day.
This is what I came up with!
All the pieces have a picture (from my favorite, www.thenounproject.com) for non-readers and a check box to cross off when the activity is complete. The different activities are all cut-out and laminated separately (with old magnets cut up and glued to the back). That way, while the bare bones of our days mostly stay the same, I can rearrange and add activities (using the blank pieces) as needed.
An unexpected benefit of this system has been for discipline in that it gives a visual reminder of privileges taken away. For example, yesterday K was eating lunch and kept getting up and down from his chair, taking forever to finish his food. Finally, I sat him in his chair and said if he got down again that we wouldn’t bake banana bread before quiet time anymore. He did get down and I moved baking banana bread off of the day’s activities. He wasn’t very happy about this, but today when I added it back to the day he remembered what happened and told me he was going to eat his lunch! 🙂
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