What does your child’s day look like right now?
Is it a bit like a battle getting them out of bed to start?
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For Some Organizing and Planning Can Be Hard
When my daughter was small she needed a lot of help getting organized. She still does actually. But, she can, for the most part, organize using strategies that we have used over the years. So, the difference now versus when she was in elementary school is that she now is old enough to be able to remember some of the tools and strategies that we used, rehearsed and repeated over a decade or more.
These ideas and tools can work to help you structure and organize your child’s day too.
Help Your Child Get and Stay Organized
It was abundantly obvious to everyone in my home that both of my daughters would need support getting up in the morning and getting organized throughout the day. As they grew, that became even more apparent and was confirmed when they both received Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnoses. One is on the inattentive end of the spectrum and the other is on the hyperactive end of that.
A Few Things to Help Organize Your Child’s Day
So, I am here to tell you what helps and what can possibly work for your child. Oh, and of course there’s a super sweet children’s planner free printable here for you as well.
Getting an alarm clock and using it regularly was a game changer for us. Honestly, before that it was us calling to them to get up often and them hollering Turn the LIGHTS OFF. TOO BRIGHT. Or rolling over and going back to sleep. That was not helpful or useful to any of us and it started the day off on the wrong foot.
Using an alarm clock which they are responsible for setting and turning off, makes a big difference. Older kids with cell phones can use the alarm on their phone of course. That’s literally how I work too. My alarm on the phone wakes me up every day. It is gentle and cheery and I love it.
My old method was a blaring alarm like a fog horn to jolt me awake and that was actually not the best as you can imagine. For a time I thought it was what I needed.
These days a lot of parents I know use Alexa or Google Home to be the alarm clock. That works well for them.
Assignments, projects and tests all go up on the white board. My daughter still uses this. No, scratch that. Make it, she uses this now more than ever. We need lots of visuals. What I like about the white board is that she can put a date up on the board and we all are able to see it. So, why does that matter? We can provide prompts as needed to remind her.
The trick for me here was finding one that suited her bedroom and looked good. Go for one with a frame. The half and half cork board, white board also works for bedrooms and common spaces.
This cute chalkboard with chalkboard markers could also work brilliantly.
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When my kids were younger, we had visual picture schedules on velcro. What did that look like? Well, it was a laminated strip of squares with velcro and we also had removable squares with images featuring get up, brush your teeth, go to bed, eat breakfast, put socks on etcetera. If I find an image of this from her childhood routine then I will add it here for your reference.
What Does Your Child’s Day Look Like?
It was literally just a small homemade picture schedule in Ainsley’s room for years and we changed it up with new selections as needed.
An occupational therapist helped us to make this and then we used it daily.
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This might be common sense for some of you, but for others it’s not, so here you go. We often break things into smaller chunks to make the day’s routines more manageable. That’s one way we make things easier.
Kids with attention deficits really need this. Oh I know some of yours don’t have any attention deficits whatsoever, but sometimes even so it helps to break it out into steps and tasks in terms of importance. This helps with planning and teaching them how to plan, which is a lifelong skill.
For the older kids you should teach them how to input everything into their phones. And also, if they have a traditional planner that helps too. Not everyone needs all of the tools. Your student might do fine with a few of these. I find for me, as a self employed adult I still need lists visually in front of me
This Planner Printable is Perfect
My Kid’s Planner Printable is perfect for your younger kiddos.
Here’s a cute kid’s daily planner they can use. This is a fun way for them to record a few of the things that have happened in their day and it might also help keep them on track.