Do you need a tool to help your children get moving in the mornings? This morning routine chart for children will help you foster good habits in your children by giving them the structure they need to be more independent in the mornings. Download your FREE Morning Routine Chart below.
“HURRY!” “Brush your teeeeeeth”
“Why aren’t you dressed?” “You’re going to be late!”
…this used to be the symphony in our house each morning before school.
Last year we struggled through the first few weeks of school and I knew something had to change. When the kids woke up they just didn’t know what to expect. Unlike adults, they didn’t have morning routines established yet. As adults, we naturally do the same things every morning. I get up, go to the bathroom, go downstairs, drink water, start breakfast… it’s the same every.single.day.
Our children did not yet have this built-in habit and they didn’t know how to get ready for school without lots of instruction and hand-holding. So, I jotted down our typical morning routine, tweaked it a bit, and made this super simple list:
We try to get up before the kids in the morning so we can get dressed and caffeinated before they wake up. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Now, when they get up before us, they know just what to do. They are both old enough to get their own breakfast and get dressed on their own so they don’t have to wait for us to remind them each morning that they need to get ready for school.
Using the Morning Routine for School
Another handy trick we’ve found is to keep the kid’s school uniforms or outfits on a bookshelf instead of in their drawers. No more digging around in drawers in the morning! After school when they get changed they know to put their uniform (if it’s clean) back on the bookshelf for the next day.
This has helped so much with their morning routine for school!
There have been mornings when I’ve woken up late to find fully clothed, fed and ready-for-school kids. It’s amazing!! (trust me this is a very rare occurrence, but what a blessing to wake up to!)
Customizing the morning routine chart to fit your kid’s needs
Remember that your mornings are going to look different from ours. It has taken us time to find what works well for our kids and it might take you time too. For your littlest ones, you may need to give them much more guidance. Picking out their clothes for them, helping them get dressed, brushing their teeth and hair – all of these things will differ depending on how old your child is. We’ve found that every year we are editing our Morning Routine Chart. I’ve even created different routines for our two children. For example, we go back and forth between having the kids get dressed before eating and getting dressed after eating. We try to be flexible about this. Our son really hates getting dressed first and we realized that it wasn’t working well so we switched it for him. We also had an issue with the kids getting toothpaste on their uniform sweatshirts when brushing their teeth so we now have them brush their teeth BEFORE getting dressed. It has made a big difference!
Using a morning routine chart for more than just school mornings
Do you homeschool? Is it summer? Do you just want to create a routine for your children to help them become more independent? You can tailor this morning routine chart for your specific needs. Maybe you have a list of morning chores or maybe you want to use this chart to outline your homeschool morning routine. I’d love to hear what you end up using the routine chart for! Leave a me a comment and let me know!
If you think that our morning routines would work in your home, you can download the printable for FREE below! We have ours hanging in the children’s bedrooms and on the fridge in the kitchen. I’d love to know how it works for you!
You can print this sign and laminate it, then simply write in your morning routine with a wet-erase marker or dry erase marker.
Morning Routines Chart for Children:
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Don’t forget to download our After School and Bedtime Charts:
Read about our After School Routine Printable
Read about our Bedtime Routine Printable