09 February 2018
Consistent routines are essential for young children to develop a sense of predictability in their lives and greater control over their day-to-day transitions. When children know through consistent experience what to expect, they engage less frequently in challenging behaviors such as tantrums, acts of aggression, back-talk and crying. They look forward to participating in “now/next” predictions and become masterful at initiating the next-step in the day themselves. We encourage you to coordinate with your child’s teachers about your child’s routines and maintain consistency even over the weekend. Teachers notice and can name the children whose weekends are unpredictable and emotionally challenging. Please help your child enjoy a happy, predictable day every day through attention to the following issues:
- Wake Up Times and Routines: A regular wake-up time is the first step in a predictable day, and a happy greeting makes it even more special.
- Breakfast: Should be regularly timed, healthy, low sugar and social.
- Drop-Off: Children who arrive at the same time each day, before morning meeting, are better able to separate from parents and interact with peers; a quick, predictable good-bye routine facilitates your child’s ability to settle.
- Naptime: Please pay attention to the naptime notes on your child’s daily sheet so you can maintain the same consistent naps on “home days.”
- Outside Time: We ensure that the children engage in a minimum of one hour of physical activity each morning and afternoon; maintaining consistency in physical activity on “home days” helps your child feel better and sleep better too.
- Dinner: Regular dinner routines, with family seated at a table engaged in social interaction, facilitate your child’s return to home and family life.
- Bedtime: A consistent bedtime routine, free of tv, videos, I-pads, and other screens, helps your child sleep better and prepare for the next day.
Regular, consistent coordination of the children’s schedule and routines can help make each and every daily transition more pleasant for everyone. Please ask your child’s teachers if you have questions about classroom schedules and routines.