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Kindergarten teachers know a powerful organizing principle: reliable routines are the secret to a successful school day.
Well-crafted classroom routines give pupils a sense of security--and ensure that the day moves smoothly through each planned activity.
Put that organizing secret to work in your organized home!
Today in the Back-to-School Countdown, it's time to craft morning, after-school and evening routines for the school year.
Try these ideas to create an efficient routine to move the family easily through each school day.
Every parent knows the importance of sufficient sleep. Cut the shut-eye short, and the result will be cranky children and chaotic mornings.
Now, before school begins, introduce a reasonable school-year bedtime, and transition children onto the new schedule in good time for the first day of school.
One minute of preparation at day's end is worth 15 minutes of morning frustration! Thinking ahead to an organized morning, consider adding these items to your children's before-bed routine:
Getting a late start on a school morning can cast a cloud over the rest of the day for everyone. Time to plan a morning routine that will get everyone out the door on time (and smiling!)
As a parent, try to get up a half-hour earlier than the family. Being showered, dressed, and possessed of a few minutes of quiet time before beginning the morning routine gives a big boost of patience and energy.
For the children, consider these items to set a morning routine:
Finally, consider how the family will return from school. A short routine performed on entering the house can see backpacks returned to the launch pad, snacks and homework review ... before children scatter to their own devices after a long day.