So, school has started! How are your after school routines going? It may be hard to keep kids (and parents) on track - so why not make your very own After School Routine Clock? It is a simple procedure, and will make life a lot smoother in the long run. Make a quick trip to the dollar store to get everything you need, and then we can get started.
Here's what you'll need:
Next, you'll need to put some thoughts (and maybe a family discussion) into what you need each evening to include. Here are some ideas that crossed my mind:
- playtime/tv time
- bath/shower & hygiene routines
- bedtime stories
Then decide how much time is required for each activity. Then you can take your markers, and colour the times like a pie chart (Once you get your clock partially taken apart). It may also help to use a black marker to use as a border between each colour. Use fun colours!
Then you can take a piece of paper (the same size as your frame requires), and make a legend for your new After School Routine Clock. Use big letters, and shorter words - it may even help teach some reading and time-telling to the little ones. The kids will enjoy seeing what colour is next on the clock - just as you and I will.
Do you think this will cure that 4 PM whirlwind?