Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Charla's Poster Idea

"Once you have a solid plan-a list of what needs to be done-you must work that plan. In other words, just do it-and don't second guess yourself... If I stick to the plan I usually accomplish my goal" Debbie Lillard Absolutely Organized: A Mom's Guide to a No-Stress Schedule and Clutter-free Home
Over the past couple weeks in response to a binder-post comment I've been creating a poster to match my daily schedule page so my kids could visually see what was planned for our day. I plan these pages around my 10 goals based on all my research, which I'll get to next time. Charla actually once told me that she taught two kindergarten classes- one had a schedule and routines and the other didn't. She thought the kids would love the freedom of the unscheduled class, but she was surprised to see that everyone was happier in the scheduled class. The kids liked knowing what was coming up next. Even when kids direct their playtime, I'm realizing that in today's world playtime often needs a dedicated time-slot so they can get into it, and kids sometimes need a variety of places/items to start their play.
So I made this poster. Actually the kids painted it and I very unprofessionally drew the time-circles based off my ideas page headers, then got them laminated and stuck on with velcro dots. The morning routine is a bit itemized (there's a separate sticker for bed-making, teeth-brushing, prayer-saying, dressed-getting etc.) but more on that later.
Honestly, I feel kinda dorky that I made this, it seems like I'm really trying over-extraordinarily hard here, but I thought it was a good idea and wanted to see what it would do. My kids actually really love it, and it's fun to let them pick circles (musictime or arttime after breakfast?) Mostly thought I've really noticed our days go more smoothly when we take a minute with it right after breakfast because they know what's coming up next and we can talk about it.
Does anyone have things they do with their kids to tell them about plans?


Marsh Family said...

I can't wait for the 10 daily goal post. Thanks for your awesome posts!

Nicole and Justin said...

I think it's a great idea. I don't have a poster per se. but i've always been a planner, and Josh and I always talk at breakfast about what we are going to do before naps, and after naps, it might be better to get a little more detailed so he sees what he has time for....

Nicole and Justin said...

oh and I love love love LOVE my binder, i started using it today!

Morgan Moore said...

I am like so majorly, royally impressed by you. Honestly, blown away!

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