Do you keep a calendar for appointments? Do you write out to-do-lists for work, chores, shopping, etc? Most adults have a plan of what their day will look like and what they hope to accomplish. It keeps us feeling in control, even if it doesn’t always go as planned.
Recently I asked kids about the plan for their day and many expressed frustration that they never know what to expect. Even young children need predictable daily routines or at least warnings before activity transitions. For toddlers and preschoolers I’ve always hung up picture schedules.
As my own kids and students get older I have them help define schedules and remind them of transitions. We talk through what goals need to be accomplished and how to prioritize the schedule order. Learning how to schedule activities is a life skill.
Learning how to organize our life helps us feel more in control. Feeling in control makes our world seem more calm – and less chaotic! This week we talked about other ways to feel calm and in control. As we continue learning about ourselves, our families and our friends, we talked about supportive people and our own “mindfulness.”
Next week we’ll transition to lessons on feelings. How to know when we’re feeling overwhelmed and how to know what others are feeling. We’ve been using the “Friends and Feelings” curriculum from Mother Goose Time. Lessons are simplified for our littlest learners and expanded on for our older students.
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