This is NOT your typical morning/bed-time routine chart, and that is what I LOVE about it! When I recently was interviewing an 11-year SAHM, Kerry, I noticed this genius idea on her wall and begged her to be able to share it. I have never seen a chart used like this and I LOVE it! If you have children that are school-aged, this is a must-have.
What you need:
1. A visual clock. Kerry purchased this awesome Teaching Hands Clock (from www.difflearn.com), which is specially designed to help children understand what hour and minute it is.
2. This awesome 2-sided routine chart to help your child know the steps needed to get out the door (or to bed) on time!
The genius in this chart includes the following:
1. Pictures used to demonstrate each activity help the child to clearly visualize what needs to happen while the red minute hand is in that section of the chart.
2. The chart can stand as the “bad guy”, so parents are less likely to get in a power struggle. It may just be semantics, but it’s less conflict-inducing when you say “What does the clock show you need to do next?” or “oh no! You only have 3 minutes left before the clock will move on to Brush/floss time. Can you beat the clock?” It comes across so differently than when you say, “I have told you 3 times already. Get your PJ’s on!”
3. It is helping your child to understand time better as they walk through and are aware of how fast 5 or 10 minutes goes by.
This clock is designed to be reversible. So, you create a sort of hook on top of your clock with a twisted up wire hanger, and then you simply hang up the Morning Routine side in the AM, and flip it to the Bed-Time Routine side in the PM.
For those of you who aren’t feeling crafty, or just don’t have the time to make one of these yourself, I’m gonna work on making a template you can download. Until then, here is a template of a Routine_chart_for_kids my sister used with her 4-year-old. Here is part of the chart, but I recommend downloading it to see the whole chart.