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New Morning Routine

Posted by schedulesam on October 23, 2008 at 5:39 PM

My son, Sam, and I have been struggling with our morning routine since school started.  He has lots of trouble getting up (me too!) and staying on task in order to get to his 2nd grade class on time.  So I created a new "Morning Routine" velcro chart to help us both, so we don't start our days arguing and stressed!  It lists the activities he has to do in the "To Do / Done" format, like the "Getting Ready to Go" chart.  After he completes each activity (starting with "Get out of bed"!), he moves that tag to the done spot.  When I showed it to him, he said he was excited to do the "To Do / Done" chart again!  I was thrilled because he hadn't used the "Getting Ready to Go" for 2 years.  So we started setting his alarm for him to get himself up (independence!), and if he completes all his activities within his time limit, for 5 days, I'll treat him to a donut for breakfast the next day!  We've been doing it for 2 weeks now and so far, so good!  Big difference!

It reminds me of this last summer, when I started doing his Daily Schedule again for each day.  I couldn't believe the change in him!  He was so much calmer, happier, more controlled!  It hurt me to realize how difficult school can be for him, but also relieved to know that I'd found a way to help him!

 

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2 Comments

Reply Sarah Hagin
8:02 AM on June 2, 2009 
I enjoyed reading about your daily system. My son is also PDD and he has an obsession with check lists. I use a dry erase board and list all the TO DO's for the day. He LOVES checking them off when he gets them done!
Reply Cori Hobart
1:28 PM on June 2, 2009 
Sarah Hagin says...
I enjoyed reading about your daily system. My son is also PDD and he has an obsession with check lists. I use a dry erase board and list all the TO DO's for the day. He LOVES checking them off when he gets them done!


Isn't that cool? I'm continually surprised at how big a difference some sort of schedule makes, but it sure does! Although I sure love checking things off my "to do's" for the day as well! :-) Is your son in school? If so, how's it going for him? Now that school is almost done, I'm frantically working to prepare for summer with him. I'll need to get back to the Daily Schedule (we usually don't need it on school days) as well as try to incorporate new, learning activities for him. I'm a little nervous, but excited, as I love having him at home! :-) If you have any good ideas, send them my way!!!