|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!