There are two kids getting ready for elementary school in our house. And a third one is in the wings ready to start yesterday. She’s watching her sisters, seeing what needs to be done every morning, and I’m sure going to be a pro before she even heads to elementary school in just a few months. The biggest adjustment is going to be the fact that she has to be ready and out of the house by 7:20. That morning routine is going to hit hard and fast. So, we are in full-preparation mode here. When that first day hits, she’s going to be ready.
School Morning Checklist
With two already going through the motions, I quickly realized that I was telling them the same things over and over every morning. This was leaving us all all in a grumpy mood before the sun even came up, so something had to give. I’ve used check lists in the past so thought it was a good time to nail down what the expectations are each and every morning.
Of note, these things hardly ever happen in order. This is why the checklist is so important. Each girl can check off their list in the order they want that day.
Now, to help with our routine, there is a check list affixed to the fridge. But, I made it even better by “laminating” it with a sheet protector. (You know, since I don’t own a laminator.) I’m not a fan of throwing the checked lists out everyday, so once it’s in the sheet protector, we use a dry erase marker on it in the morning and wipe it clean every night.
This list has helped all of us in the mornings. All of my expectations are lined up and ready to be checked off every morning. And, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, I’ve uploaded this check list as a document to google drive, so you can edit it if you’d like. Or you can grab the pdf School Morning Checklist and print it off right away.
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How do school mornings typically go at your house?