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Updated June 30, 2019
The start of a new school year is a great time to set goals with your children and implement a back-to-school morning routine. A big part of going back to school is establishing a morning routine that works for your family and also encourages responsibility and independence in your children. These Back-to-School Morning Routine free printables are key to helping meeting your back-to-school and parenting goals this year.
As the mother of three and a parent educator, I’m a big believer in teaching children to set goals and practice the steps required to achieve the goals. I’m also a big believer in raising responsible future adults. Using a Morning Routine Chart accomplishes both of those parenting goals.
Back-to-School Morning Routine Printables
Why Write Down a Morning Routine for School
- Get set for Success, go beyond the basics. Taking the time to plan your goals and steps needed to accomplish them is key to success.
- You and your child think about, discuss and establish the goals together.
- You both understand the goals and the steps to accomplish them.
- You and your child are more likely to actually do the to-do’s and kids are less likely to “forget” a task.
- There’s less confusion over what should be done and when.
- You and your child can measure goal achievement.
- Written goals are 42% more likely to stick. *Matthews, G (2007) The Impart of Commitment, Accountability, and Written Goals on Goal Achievement. Paper presented at the 87th Convention of Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
How to Make a Morning Routine for Kids Chart
- Printer Paper
- Morning Routine Checklist with Images
- Morning Routine Checklist with Blank Boxes
- Washi Tape
- Scotch™ Thermal Laminator (similar)
- Scotch™ Letter Size Thermal Lamination Pouches
- Scissors, if needed
Steps to Create a Morning Routine for Kids
- Discuss individual and specific independence and responsibility goals with your child.
- Establish an agreed upon morning routine and a sequence that makes sense for your family.
- Print out and fill in a Morning Routine Chart for each child.
- Use washi tape to decorate and personalize a Morning Routine Chart for each child. This is a great chance to get your child involved by having him her decorate the sheet.
- Go over the morning routine sheet with your child to make sure he understands the morning tasks and goals.
Wait! While you’ve created an extremely useful and attractive Morning Routine Chart, look what happens after just one day of sitting on the table. See how the edges are curling up? Can you imagine what it will look like after the first week of school? Think spilled milk, splashed water and toothpaste, footprints, crumpled corners, well, you know how it goes with kiddos.
We want to create a morning routine for kids that will hold up to real life with kids. But no worries. Simply laminate the Morning Routine Chart to keep it in beautiful working condition all school year.
Plus, it’s so cool to use the thermal laminator. After watching the Morning Routine Chart go through the laminator, your child will be so excited she will be hooked on using it. I’m so excited, that I’m looking for even more reasons to make task reminder sheets just so that I can laminate them!
The Morning Routine Chart is meant to help your child accomplish routine morning tasks with minimal supervision. However, sometimes you need to add a temporary task to the morning routine, like taking medicine. Simply write the temporary task down on a Post-it® Note and add it to your child’s task reminder sheet. Once that task no longer needs to be accomplished, remove the Post-it® Note and return to the normal morning routine sequence.
Rotating Responsibilities and Tasks
In our family each person has an assigned color, whether for cups, mittens, or Post-it® Notes. I use the color of Post-it® Notes that match our family color-coding for responsibilities that rotate, like feeding the dog, walking the dog, emptying the dishwasher or taking out the trash. I write the task on a Post-it® Note in the color for each child that is responsible for the task. I laminate the notes to make them last all year long.
Each day, I place the appropriate color-coded task card with the morning routine sheet of that child. It’s crystal clear who has to which tasks each morning. And it’s clear to everyone in the family since we all know each other’s colors. No more confusion (or pretending not to know).
I know I’m not the only mom that has driven her child to soccer practice to find out that the child forgot her cleats or soccer ball. Really?! How in the world do they forget their cleats? Did they expect to tiptoe around the soccer field? And forget the soccer ball? Umm, we’re going to soccer practice. Soccer ball. Soccer practice. Even though it’s happened to me more than once, I still don’t understand how it happens.
That’s where the Activity Tasks sheets come in. These are task reminders that are not daily tasks, but occur more often than temporary tasks. I find that writing them down and laminating them makes a world of difference in our success rate in getting to a sport or activity with all the necessary equipment. Using washi tape or color-coded paper works well with these Activity Task sheets too.
My Favorite Morning Routine Management Supplies
You can learn more about all the Scotch™ Brand and Post-it® Brand products that will help you set and achieve your goals this school year at the Scotch™ Brand and Post-it® Brand website.
- Morning Routine Free Printable Sheet
- Scotch™ Thermal Laminator
- Scotch™ Letter Size Thermal Lamination Pouches
- Scotch™ Thermal Laminating Pouches 4″x 6″
- Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, 3×3, 90-Sheet Pad, in a variety of colors
- Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 4″ x 6″, Canary Yellow Lined, 3 Pads per Pack
While doing back-to-school shopping at Walmart, I found the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator in the back-to-school section along with the Scotch™ Letter Size Thermal Lamination Pouches. The Post-it® Notes and all sizes of the Scotch™ Thermal Lamination Pouches were in the office supplies section of the store.
Are you as ready as I am to establish and encourage the goals of responsibility and independence for the new school year? These Back-to-School Morning Routine printables will set you well on your way to success. And be sure to check out the the Scotch™ Brand and Post-it® Brand products that will ensure your Morning Routine sheets and goals will last all year long.