Preschool Morning Routine

Preschool Morning Routine L

Our beautiful Babaganouski (who has quite outgrown this name!) will start 3 year old preschool this time next week. As he has three older siblings, he is actually quite used to getting up and out the door every morning during school terms, but I wanted to make the start of preschool a bit special for him.

It was just my luck then to tune in to one of my favourite podcasts Parenting Unplugged and hear Laura talk about how she created routine charts with her sons. I am big fans of Todd and Laura who host Parenting Unplugged. This year they are taking up the challenge that Single Dad Brad has going on at his blog. Brad is making 2010 a year to improve his parenting skills, using the Positive Discipline Tool Cards.

Each week Brad chooses a card and focuses on that parenting skill for the week and then posts about his progress. Laura created the routine charts for her boys following Brad’s lead on selecting the Routine Card:

Help children create routine charts to encourage responsibility.

1. Create routine charts WITH your child.
2. Brainstorm tasks that need to be done.
(bedtime, morning, homework, etc.)
3. Take pictures of child doing each task.
4. Let the routine chart be the boss:
“What is next on your routine chart?”
5. Do not take away from feelings of capability by adding rewards.

So inspired by Brad and Laura, Babaganouski and I made a preschool morning routine chart for him. We photographed his activities and had him enact some that he will need to do on the morning that he has preschool and then printed them out to stick on the wall for him to follow.

What I loved the most about this process was how much my three year old enjoyed it. We actually has to print out two copies, because he wanted to hold and read over and over again his routine. I think having had him being involved in the making of his routine, will mean that when he needs redirecting in the morning, it will be easy to point him to his routine chart and allow him to work out what he should be doing.

I have included a blank template (word document) below for those of you who might like to try and make your own routine chart.

Preschool Morning Routine – Template


  1. Super Sarah says

    Once again your timing is perfect on this post! This morning was a struggle with Amy from waking up to getting to her to preschool and my husband and I were saying in the car that we really need a reward chart for these activities. I think a photo routine chart with added rewards for completing tasks is just what we need! Thank you.

  2. says

    Wonderful idea – preschoolers love routine, and its great to get them started so that you can (hopefully!) avoid all that getting-ready-for-school-angst in the latter years. Wish I’d started at preschool with my guys.

  3. Cath says

    What a wonderful idea! My 3 year old is also starting kinder for the first time so, following your post, we made a routine chart together. This morning we were going to kinder for an interview with the teacher – real kinder starts in two days time – but she still wanted to follow the routine. It was so gorgeous seeing her run back to check the chart and say “What’s next?”. She even wanted to have her breakfast in the same bowl that we had used for the photo – isn’t it funny how their little minds work :) Thanks to the routine chart the whole morning ran so smoothly that we were ready for kinder an hour early!

  4. says

    Oh my word – this is the BEST idea I’ve read lately!

    My little ones stay home with me, and I’ve brainstormed for the best method to “write” down their morning routine.

    This is genius! Thanks so much for sharing! It is on our to-do list for today!