I already knew I operate more efficiently on a routine, so I honestly figured my children wouldn’t like a routine (because I assume it’ll be the opposite to provide more of a challenge, evidently).
But, my kids—especially my son with special needs—love a routine.
We’ve tried a few different “daily rhythm” ideas, but what I’ve eventually done is meld a few of my favorite ideas together to create something that works for us.
Good Morning Chart for Preschoolers and Elementary Ages
I wanted a routine that would:
- give visual representation for my son (who thrives off visual reminders and activities),
- introduce new concepts and knowledge,
- provide accountability (for both the kids and for me!) to complete certain tasks in the morning,
- and incorporate a “circle time”-type activity for the family to begin our day together.
This “Good Morning” chart does that for us!
What’s On The Chart
You can probably do a prettier job than I did, but I just wrote “Good morning!” on the top of chart. We then include the following sections:
- “Today is:” – When we discuss this part, I say “Yesterday was Tuesday. So, today is…” and my son signs the correct answer for today. I’ll often ask “What’s tomorrow?” after we put the correct day up.
- “Bible verse” – We’re working on memorizing about one verse a month (in sign language since my son is severely speech delayed). The toddler has memorized this one, too! We use Homeschool Creations’ ABC Bible Verse flashcards plus any others we make ourselves.
- “Today’s Weather” – This is my son’s favorite part. We run to the window and look at the sky together, then use Confession of a Homeschooler’s weather printables for the individual weather cards.
- “This week’s sight word is:” – We concentrate on just one new sight word a week right now, but if you’re using multiple words, you can just add more Velcro dots in this section. (You should be able to fit at least three sight word cards in this section.) I’ve included over 60 sight word cards in the printable packet described below.
- “I Can Help” – My kids are both at the age where they feel helping an adult is a big deal, and I love it. This section is really more for me to be more intentional with introducing new life skills and household tasks for them. We switch these tasks out every two weeks or so (and keep completing the old ones, too). We use the preschool chore charts from Homeschool Creations and these routine cards from Family Your Way.
- “My Morning Routine” – I have these cards in the normal order we accomplish them each morning, but we switch the tasks around, too. The main goal to make sure we do each task every morning. I use a combination of the same cards listed in the “I Can Help” section above.
*Special note: In the free printable version of this (see below for details!), I also include a couple more signs, like “School Schedule,” “This month is,” over 60 sight words, days of the week signs, as well as multiple colors of each sign.
We have our chart on a half sheet of poster board hanging on the wall in the kids’ room. I used a Command poster hook and punched one hole in the top of the poster. This way, the chart is hanging high enough my son can’t get to it during the day (he’d destroy it in an instant), but he can read it at any point and I can easily take the chart down to let him switch out the cards.
All of the signs are affixed with Velcro dots so we can easily switch signs or even rearrange the order we complete our morning routine, if needed.
We’ve been using this “Good Morning” chart almost every day (including weekends!) for about three months now. We love it, and the kids even ask to do it! (YAY! says the momma teacher.)
Want FREE printables of this Good Morning chart? Sign up for The Family Notepad, my quarterly resource newsletter for families and homeschoolers. (Yep, just quarterly! I don’t want to crowd your email inbox.) I reserve special printables (that take a lot of time) for subscribers, and these Good Morning chart printables are one of those.
Need more ideas for calendar time? Check out my Calendar Time board on Pinterest for these ideas and more, including printables for older kids, too.
What about you? What does your family do for a morning time routine? I love hearing about more ideas, so please share in the comments below.
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