Im trying to get back some order in my life and ive read that children need a routine to follow to experience security , regularity and improve focud, decrease restlesness and absorb learnings better. sharing the world file schedule i created for ethan. feel free to adjust the time snd activity since you know your child more. You may adjust the schedule every do often since some practice 1 naps or time adjustments.
Creating a routine gives a sense of security and improves the self esteem of a child. Though there are diff beliefs like the Waldorf, Montessori, Homeschool or Traditional, I believe we can tweak depending on the personality and learning curve of our children.
In this blog post, i am sharing with you the schedule I created for Ethan. You may download the file in the provided link. I am sharing as well my targets and assessment file that i use for him. I have learned during one of the parenting seminars i have attended that if we plan for work, then why shouldnt we be planning for our home and our children?
After wrapping up the assessment I made for Ethan, this is where i usually prepare the activity to go or do, or be more intentional when buying a toy or being strategic with our routines or places to visit so i can apply what to teach.
The assessments usually change so when i observe improvements or changes, i go back to update the assessment and even change targets.
I hope sharing this simple file would also give you an idea on how to work around on building up your kids and at the same time still have fun. You may adjust the activities and time as necessary. Im really not that techy so i just use MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint for the things I need. hopefully i wont be conscious and shy to share the activities that we do. you can follow feliz lucas in Instagram and check out my IG stories as well.
If you havent seen the old blog on scheduling and activities at home back then with Caitie, you may view the blog post here. http://www. todaywiththelucas.com/single- post/2016/03/09/Play-School- At-Home
I hope you can also share your parenting tips here! Below is an excerpt from an article i read online. These points about routine is true! Being a person of spontaneity in my youth, I have learned to embrace the joy of having a routine, planning an itinerary and less of being a night owl.
Article on Benefits of Routine
Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives. As this sense of mastery is strengthened, they can tackle larger changes: walking to school by themselves, paying for a purchase at the store, going to sleepaway camp.
Won’t too much structure dull our sense of spontaneity and creativity?
Sure, if it's imposed without sensitivity. There are times when rules are made to be broken, like staying up late to see an eclipse, or leaving the dinner dishes in the sink to play charades. But even the most creative artists start by mastering the conventions of the past, and find the pinnacle of their expression in working within the confines of specific rules.
There's no reason structure has to be oppressive. Think of it as your friend, offering the little routines and traditions that make life both easier and cozier. Not only will your kids will soak up the security, they'll internalize the ability to structure their own lives.
Seven Benefits of Using Routines with Your Kids
1. Routines eliminate power struggles
Routines eliminate power struggles because you aren't bossing the child around. This activity (brushing teeth, napping, turning off the TV to come to dinner) is just what we do at this time of day. The parent stops being the bad guy, and nagging is greatly reduced.
2. Routines help kids cooperate
Routines help kids cooperate by reducing stress and anxiety for everyone. We all know what comes next, we get fair warning for transitions, and no one feels pushed around, or like parents are being arbitrary.
3. Routines help kids learn to take charge of their own activities.
Over time, kids learn to brush their teeth, pack their backpacks, etc., without constant reminders. Kids love being in charge of themselves. This feeling increases their sense of mastery and competence. Kids who feel more independent and in charge of themselves have less need to rebel and be oppositional.
4. Kids learn the concept of "looking forward" to things they enjoy...
...which is an important part of making a happy accommodation with the demands of a schedule. He may want to go to the playground now, but he can learn that we always go to the playground in the afternoon, and he can look forward to it then.
5. Regular routines help kids get on a schedule
Regular routines help kids get on a schedule, so that they fall asleep more easily at night.
6. Routines help parents build in those precious connection moments.
We all know that we need to connect with our children every day, but when our focus is on moving kids through the schedule to get them to bed, we miss out on opportunities to connect. If we build little connection rituals into our routine, they become habit. Try a snuggle with each child when you first see them in the morning, or a "recognition" ritual when you're first reunited:
Rituals like these slow you down and connect you on a visceral level with your child, and if you do them as just "part of the routine" they build security as well as connection and cooperation.
7. Schedules help parents maintain consistency in expectations.
If everything is a fight, parents end up settling: more TV, skip brushing teeth for tonight, etc. With a routine, parents are more likely to stick to healthy expectations for everyone in the family, because that's just the way we do things in our household. The result: a family with healthy habits, where everything runs more smoothly!