Saturday, 17 August 2013

Morning routine charts

(Goblin is nearly 4)
Our family don't really do routines. We have a rhythm to our week but things like routines for getting out of the house are a bit haphazard and tend to depend who is going to work and who is at home with Goblin, as well as what we are doing that day. As a result sometimes I forget to do crucial things. I forget to wash Goblin's face and don't realise until we get to nursery and I spot toothpaste all over it, or I forget to brush his teeth for an entire week.
To help me remember all the basic things (that a more organised parent would never forget) I made a chart. And while I was at it I made a dressing chart too. I thought these would help both me and Goblin to remember all the things that we needed to do in the morning, and I thought the incentive of adding a tick once we'd done something might encourage Goblin to do more of them himself. I stuck velcro circles below each word and on the back of all the ticks so that he can add a tick as we go, and we can reuse it each day.
I'm not using these as reward charts, they are simply reminder charts. Obviously they can be used as reward charts, but I'm not a huge fan of rewarding behaviour that is just something that needs to be done.
To make these charts I used picmonkey and google images. But as a result I don't have the rights to the pictures so can't offer them to others. So I have made some new ones using different pictures.  If you'd like a copy click the title link below. These are, as you can see, British charts, using words like trousers. If that doesn't work for your family you are welcome to use the images here to make your own with picmonkey. I laminated mine and used velcro but a non laminated version with bluetac to add the ticks would work just as well.

I'm sharing this at 
I Can Teach My Child PhotobucketMontessori Monday 


  1. Thank you for providing a printable :) I agree with not rewarding expected behaviour with a child of normal development.

  2. We recently implemented a morning routine chart, too, to keep the kids and I accountable. We also use it more as a reminder than any reward. The kids think it's fun just to complete the chart each morning! I hope that stays that way for a while. :-)

  3. Great idea!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!

  4. This is a good idea. I'm stressing about getting everyone ready in time for the school run already!

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

  5. YOU ROCK! Thank you for doing my work for me! :)


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