We’ve got those ‘first day of term’ blues

Ahhh yes, the post-holiday comedown. How good is it!?! The joyous sound of the alarm ringing at 6am on that first Monday. Realising that there are no ironed shirts. You don’t know where the lunch box is. You never did wash the school jumper at the end of last term, and you forgot to clean the half eaten fruit out of the bottom of the backpack. Smell?! What smell?! And it’s raining. God knows where the raincoat is. Dash out the door, late, amazed at how a two-week break can cause such a break in the routine.

Thankfully, yesterday morning was salvaged by my ‘morning jobs’ chart, which as been stuck to the bathroom door since the beginning of the year. It’s an ordered list of visual prompts that my daughter goes through each day, that helps her get ready quite independently. I just have to tell her to start her morning jobs, and then I keep an eye on her and check in occasionally “what are you up to?” She checks and confirms that next job is ‘shoes and socks’ etc.

With these posters, I can avoid becoming a shrew at 8am.

a poster of morning jobs to help the kids get organised

Chart your way to independent children

Everyone who visits, comments on what a good idea it is. So I’m spreading the joy today, with this PDF download of the morning jobs posters. Cut and paste the pictures you need (make one for each kid), and then colour the “Do I have my…” chart, where they can check their bag contents against the chart and avoid forgetting too much stuff. Get them to help with the cutting and pasting, to make the whole thing more fun. Guide them through it for the first few days (with elaborate praise when they get it right), and then watch in amazement each morning, as they bustle about getting themselves ready.

Cut, paste, colour if you like, and put the kids in charge (of themselves)

Good luck with the rest of the week.

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13 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jenny said,

    Great idea … will give it a go! x

  2. 2

    Cheryl said,

    I’ve often thought about doing something like this as by 8:20 most mornings the shrew has arrived in our house – so thanks for helping me tick something off the to do list by creating one for the littlies 🙂

  3. 4

    Melissa said,

    Left your house the other week and copied your chart for my shall we say “independent” 3-year-old – it has been working a treat especially when used with a kitchen timer as an extra incentive. Also, am feeding the kids your traffic light swirls tonight – you’re a lifesaver!

  4. 5

    Lee said,

    Wendy, thank you!
    This is just what I’ve been looking for!
    I have a son with developmental delay who requires so much 1 on 1 help in the mornings – this is absolutely brilliant!
    Thank you so much 🙂

    • 6

      wendyblume said,

      No worries lee, hope it helps! He might like some of the other boy crat too, like the spaceship dashboard! Wendy x

      • 7

        Lee said,

        I now belong to a Facebook group “WA Special Families” – supporting so many families who have kids with Special Needs (my son has now been diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury & High Functioning Autism) – with back to school only 2 days away & so many parents quite concerned about the impact of getting our kids back into the “routine” of school days, I have just shared this link with them – thank you so much, such a blessing to have “somewhere to start” for our little ones who need visual prompts throughout the day. xo

      • 8

        wendyblume said,

        Thanks for sharing it Lee – glad it can help! x

  5. 9

    Erin said,

    Super! This has been one of those things I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but not gotten around to it…. Thanks! 🙂

  6. 10

    Jenni Woods said,

    My son is starting Prep next year, and I think this might just be the perfect thing to use for getting us out the door on time (and happy) each morning. Thanks

  7. 12

    Brooke said,

    Thanks Wendy..Will try out the little chore chart tomorrow. We started prep last week and things have been hectic to say the least!

  8. 13

    Mimi said,

    Just printed out this chart and Master 4 (who just started Pre-Primary a.k.a Prep) is colouring it in now. He seems pretty excited about it so I hope Monday morning goes nice and smoothly. Awesome idea~

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