July 25th, 2012 by Behaven Kids
It’s approaching too fast!! The end of summer and the beginning of…the school year! Although there have been a few days this summer where I longed for the routine of the school year, overall I am still dreading it a little bit. I will be the first one to admit that I’m not the most organized of people…shocker right?! I’ve always described my mind like a big bulletin board with sticky notes everywhere and piles of paper pinned up and falling off – I know where everything is and what needs to be done but sometimes it gets lost in the mess. This year my goal is to become a bit more organized though, as I’ve heard it can do wonders for your sanity.
If you caught the WOWT midday news today, Behaven Kids founder, Janie Peterson gave some great tips for getting ready for the school year. One of the best (in my opinion) is practicing the morning and night routines ahead of time. In the past, I have wanted to stay on the summer schedule as long as possible and then Reece just got thrust into school schedule at the last possible moment. He’s always done okay with it but it’s probably put a little undue stress on him.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the morning schedule that I had Reece on and I think we will implement it again this school year; we will just start it a little earlier. With him going to a summer program this summer – we sort of kept the routine but it wasn’t as strict as during the school year. Here is the sample of what will be on his morning list:
1) Put dirty pajamas in hamper
2) Take a shower (wash body & hair)
3) Put on clothes (socks, underwear, shorts, shirt, & shoes)
4) Eat breakfast
5) Put dirty dishes in sink
6) Brush teeth
When he is done with his list – he will be able to watch some Netflix or play with his toys until it is time to leave for school. It’s the same exact list as we did last school year, so hopefully with some practice he will fall right back into it.
I will be implementing the same type of list for bedtime – here is our sample:
1) Put back pack by door
2) Pick out clothes for tomorrow morning
3) Put dirty clothes in hamper.
4) Put on pajamas
5) Eat vitamins
6) Brush teeth
7) Read The Sleep Fairy
I’m adding two additional steps to his nighttime routine this year – the backpack by the door and the clothing for the next morning. When I thought back on the last year, those seemed to be the biggest things that tripped us up – we couldn’t find his backpack or we would realize he didn’t have matching socks, couldn’t find his shoes, etc!
I think I will implement these routines about a week before school starts (I’m going to let him have a little more summer fun) but I will be moving his bedtime back within the next week or so. Last school year Reece was in bed at 7:30 p.m. and woke up at 7 a.m. I plan on keeping the same schedule this year. I don’t think I will have him go to bed at 7:30 yet but I will move it back by 10 minutes or so each couple of days, getting to 7:30 the week before school.
Do you have any suggestions for my routines? Am I asking for him to do too much on his own? Or having him do too little? (Should I make him vacuum in the morning too?) =)
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