With the school year starting up again I thought about how I could give my kids more control over their school day and feel like they have a part in the planning. During the summer I had been writing out the chores and daily plans on our white board. Now that school is in session the white board will need to be used for school teaching and not as a calendar.
Pinterest was my first stop to find a printable that could work for a daily schedule. Wow! I found a lot of schedule and routine printables! But none were quite what I was looking for. I found chore printables, routine printables, daily schedule printables, weekly tasks and goal printables and weekly schedule printables, but all seemed to be geared toward the adult crowd or just the kid crowd. Since I couldn’t find an all-encompassing daily routine and schedule for kids it was time to create it myself!
The schedule starts at 5:00 am (I hope my kids are not up this early but I know each family is different and 5:00 am may just be the start for your kids day.) and ends at 9:00 pm. Kids can fill in any morning or afternoon activities in the time slots or Mom/Dad can fill in some, too.
This space is for daily chores that may be on a rotation with other family members in the home. My kids have daily and weekly chores so I plan to have them write in their daily chore here each morning to be completed in the afternoon time. You could write the chore with a time next to it when it needs to be completed or write the chore and then add the chore to the schedule in the appropriate time block. This way there are no questions on when it needs to be completed.
Here is a space for the every day routines that you expect to happen without a reminder. For example in the morning I would expect my kids to make their bed. Maybe that is an area they struggle in so I would have them write this in the morning routine section. That way they will see it and be reminded without the nagging from Mom or Dad. An evening example could be cleaning up toys around the house or picking out the next day’s outfit.
Tasks & Goals
This is a fun section to get kids thinking outside the boxes of life. Here they can add in their own personal task or goal they would like to complete that day. An example from my son was a goal to play Minecraft and build a house for Steve. My daughter wrote in a goal to complete one chapter book by the end of the week and a daily task of playing with her little sister.
My hope is this daily routine and schedule will instill an early practice of time management for my kids and they will enjoy having a structured, purposeful day.
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