Help children create routine charts to encourage responsibility.
- Create routine charts WITH your child.
- Brainstorm tasks that need to be done.
(bedtime, morning, homework, etc.)
- Take pictures of child doing each task.
- Let the routine chart be the boss:
"What is next on your routine chart?"
- Do not take away from feelings of capability by adding rewards.
So let's see how it works this time. As my children and I sat down to discuss this tool card, the most important step seemed to be the part about brainstorming tasks that need to be done. This really got the kids thinking about what they needed to do every day. They even came up with things I hadn't even thought of.
So after the brainstorming I set them free to create their routine charts. I didn't interfere too much in this process. They seemed to be excited about taking ownership for their own routine charts. My daughter has been very interested in typewriters lately, so she decided to type her routine chart. My son opened up Microsoft Word and started creating his routine chart using the Word clip art files. I didn't even know Word had clip art files, so I learned something today.
After a few minutes they were both finished and hung their new routine charts on their doors. Now it is time to sit back and see how they follow through.
Emma's Routine Chart
Gibson's Routine Chart
If you would like to share your children's routine chart creations, email a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll find a way to share them on the blog.