10 Tips For Organised School Morningsby PlanningQueen on July 15, 2008 in 10 Things, Children's Activities
The children headed back to school and preschool today after two weeks of holidays. We thoroughly enjoyed rising at any time (me with the first child of the day, which was at least 45 minutes later than usual ), but it did mean that it was an effort being organised and out of the house on time today.
To improve on todays, efforts I went back to a previous post of mine about school morning organisaton to give myself a bit of a refresher and thought I would share it with you!
(1). Set bedtime.
Having an age appropriate bed time for the kids, means they get the sleep they need to actually wake up of their on accord and are refreshed for school. They wake up happier and are easier to manage.
(2). Table set for breakfast.
We have the table set for breakfast, including the cereal boxes on the table before we go to bed at night. Dad is usually the first to have breakfast and will put the juice and milk on the table. As the children wake at different times, this enables them to easily serve themselves.
(3). Lunch box preparation.
I have the lunch boxes set out on the bench and will put in any items that are non perishable in the night before. For example, I will put crackers in resealable plastic bags in to the boxes, but fruit like watermelon that I cut up and salad sandwiches I will do in the morning. You can see more info in my post School lunchbox process.
(4). Clothes preparation.
I don’t lay the clothes out for the children, but do ensure that they are in the right spots for the children to access them themselves. The exception to this is Possum who I have choose her clothes the night before, as we can have a discussion about the appropriateness of the outfit calmly when we are not under time pressures (see Removing The Battle Lines for further information).
(5). Key time markers.
We have key times across the morning at which certain activities need to occur. At (or before) 7.30am children need to brush their teeth, get themselves dressed, pack bags etc. We aim to leave the house at 8.05am, so everyone should be completely ready by then.
We left a bit after 8.10am today and had been doing so for the last week or so of last term. Although this does not mean the children are late, it does give less margin for stops on the walk due to shoe laces undone, falls of scooters and the toddler wanting to walk. It is less stressful to leave that bit earlier, so I need to get myself a bit more organised tomorrow so this can happen.
(6). Children take away their breakfast dishes from table.
Each child is responsible (except for the toddler just yet) for taking their dishes from the table tot he kitchen bench. The remaining items are then cleared dishwasher stacked by the older two children.
This is then one less thing that I have to do and therefore I am not as rushed. It also helps them understand that we all have to work together to keep the house tidy. This task and the next two require the children doing things for themselves. I find it is much easier for them to concentrate on these, if their are no distractions like TV or computer to deal with.
(7). Children make beds and tidy their room.
As per above. Also since we have been doing this, I have found that the room stays tidier in the first place, as they donâ€™t enjoy spending large amounts of time doing this task.
(8). Children pack their bags.
This goes for the oldest three. It is their responsibility to ensure they have their lunchbox, hat etc, all the things that they need for their day at school. I find this helpful in training them to keep their possessions organised. If they have left their hat at home because they left it in the bedroom, instead of putting it back in their bag, they will have to accept the consequences of this. (At our school, no hat means that they cannot play out in the sun during terms 1 and 4.)
(9). Walk to school.
This is not possible for everyone, but I find that this is less stressful than packing all the children in the car, finding a park, getting them out etc. It also provides a lovely opportunity to chat and play games as we walk along.
(10). Keep Calm.
This is probably the hardest one of these to do sometimes, but even when they are infuriating me, I find if I try to calmly deal with the situation, (as opposed to ranting and raving at them!) that it has much less chance of escalating or snowballing into more issues.
This morning we left the house with dishes on the table and unmade beds. I am hoping we will leave the house in a different state tomorrow!mornings, organisation, parenting