The Power of Daily Routines

Sprouting New Beginnings understands balancing life’s aspects.  Between raising young children and teaching young children our hands are always busy.  A consistent daily routine allows our children the ability to predict what will come next in their day.  This essential addition in our lives supports early brain development and social-emotional development in our growing children.IMG_1947

When young children know what to expect next they are better able to focus their attention and are able to learn, thus increasing abilities such as narrative skills, sequencing skills, and patterning skills.  Encouraging children to describe things and events provides them with opportunities to problem solve, increase communication, and build self-reliance.  When young children are learning about daily routines it is helpful to create a picture chart of their daily schedule and all the actions that must be accomplished. Picture charts are a wonderful communication and visual tool to use with young children.  Picture charts allow young children to sequence events throughout their day and brings in math by exploring ordinal numbers such as what comes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  Families will also find picture charts beneficial at home for morning routines and/or bedtime routines.

Creating daily routines and using picture charts are a great way to promote organization and time management skills, support positive guidance, and to direct a child if they are off task.  Picture charts provide an opportunity for children to learn self-help skills by asking them what they need to be doing or what will come next and allowing them to problem solve by referring to the daily routine chart.      

You can use a kit or create your own Routine Chart.

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To make your own chart is easy, all you need is the following:

Creating Daily Routine Picture Charts

  • Markers
  • Construction Paper or Tag Board
  • Pictures from clipart or photos of the child performing the daily task
  • Glue, Tape, Magnet strips, and or Velcro
  • May want to laminate
  • Pocket Chart or other tools to hang up for child to use

First order the pictures in the correct sequence 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. on your tag-board or construction paper.  Then label the event on your chart next to or underneath the picture.   Last, display chart in a visible area so that children can refer back to the chart anytime.  You can extend this activity by applying sign language and teaching the signs for each routine.  You may also want to incorporate sign language cards with in your chart.

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