At-Home Supplemental Ideas
In preschool, children are introduced to the routines of an academic environment with additional time for free play. As children mature and enter kindergarten, they develop an even stronger need for routine. Ask any kindergarten teacher what happens to their class when there is a change in the schedule, and they will surely tell you it can throw off the flow of the classroom.
Not only is a routine at school important for five and six-year olds, but equally at home. What time does your child go to bed? Do they have a routine for getting ready? Who is in charge of the routine? Hopefully, there is a set bedtime and expectations for how much time is given to get ready for bed. Children at this age need 11 – 13 hours of sleep (Sleep for Kids). A lack of sleep makes for rough mornings and poor focus throughout the day. As parents and teachers, we are responsible for modeling healthy routines.
Routines help foster safety for children. “Routines also help children develop self-control because they know they have to wait until a certain time to do a particular activity” (Education). A child’s day is much more productive when they have a set routine each day. Does your family have a routine for bedtime, morning, chores, and homework? If not, it’s never too late to start healthy habits.
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