But as the end of August crept closer, I knew that routines had to make a comeback - especially because we had a Kindergartner on our hands.
I found these printable morning routine cards and I really like them. But they weren't EXACTLY what I needed and I would have to find more wall space when I already had something that would work just fine. Remember the Chore Chart?
These are the magnets that we had on WAY back in February, I changed it so that it would better suit our morning routine - the most important part of my day and the kids.
So every morning looks a little like this:
7:00 - Wake up daughter and get her eating breakfast. She doesn't have time at daycare before the school bus comes.
7:15 - Daughter starts on her Morning Magnets which include: Get Dressed, Make Your Bed, Brush Your Teeth and Feed the Cat.
While she does her thing (all independently) I go into my Sons room to help him out.
I take off his night time diaper and then pull out today's clothes (shirt, pants, gitchies, socks) and tell him to get dressed. He can undress and dress himself completely while I do my hair or make my coffee.
7:25 - Son is dressed (mostly), I help him brush his teeth. Daughter is still usually putzing around.
7:30 - TV goes on. This is our TV time during the day because we don't have time after school. They kids watch Bubble Guppies and we even have a routine built into the show.
7:45 - When the Bubble Guppies start singing their "Line Up/Outside" song MY kids have to line up (not literally) and get on their shoes and their sweaters/jackets. They can still watch the TV from the porch, but it's time to get ready.
7:55 - Then by the time the show is over, we just have to walk out the door.
8:00 - Drop off at daycare
What makes our mornings even better?
- Snacks and lunches made the night before
- Coffee maker on timer (I have yet to do this - I keep forgetting)
- Shoes and sweaters/jackets/mitts/toques where they need to be
- Clothes picked out and ready to go (we pick our clothes for the whole week on Sundays)
- INDEPENDENT CHILDREN