Every day is a little bit different in our house—and everyone’s house.
But deep down, we all thrive on consistency, on patterns, on schedules.
I’ve always been a big fan of implementing a daily schedule for kids, even when parents are home and kids arent yet in school, incorporating some sort of routine is good for the soul.
When Maddy, Owen, and Cora were younger—actually up through this past summer, even, we scheduled a necessary ‘rest time’ into our day. More for Cora, who at 5 years old still needed 30 minutes or an hour to herself, our rest time after swim practice and lunch (but before we headed back out to play) was an eagerly anticipated part of our day.
For kids and mom.
But during the school year, our mornings and evenings need some sort of schedule. Otherwise, I sound like a broken record and the kids start seriously tuning me out.
And because I have two readers and one emerging reader, I decided to create a little reminders for my kids–easy-reader style so that everyone can decode on their own.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Morning and Evening Reminders for Kids– Easy-Reader Style: They’re easy-reader style only because they have words and a related image alongside, not because they include only easy-reader words.
These are simply ‘Good Morning!’ and ‘Good Evening’ signs that the kids flip back and forth to remind them of what they need to do each morning and night.
Morning reminders. . .
. . . and Evening Reminders help teach my kiddos what they need to do at the beginning and end of the day.
I’m trying my best to give them more freedom–more independence and autonomy over their days–and I think that this gives them what they need to do and allows them the wiggle room to do it on their own.
Do we have a little incentive to get them through this list? Absolutely. If they do all of these things without me having to remind them for a few days in a row, it’s a gem in the Gem Jar. If they need constant reminding, we’ll take one out.
Simple as that.
Want to download the Morning and Evening Reminders for Kids for your own hizzouse?
Here it is: teachmama morning evening questions 2.0
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And that’s it–just a quickie little trick to throw in your back pocket–and to (hopefully!) save your voice from yelling and prodding and gently reminding. . .
Any other suggestions? Please let me know what works–or has worked–for you! I’m always willing to learn how to make this crazy parenting gig a little more softer for my old bones!