Monday, January 2, 2012

Dinner Routine Picture Schedule

Dinner time can be a little wild around here, so I decided to make a picture schedule to help it go smoother.

And, I'm tired of giving 10 reminders (wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands,etc...).

My sons' preschool teachers used schedules with cute cartoon pictures that were attached to velcro boards.  When I taught high school I posted a schedule because I think students respond much better with a visual cue.

Using Publisher, I inserted pictures of my kids going about our dinner routine.  I used pictures so my two youngest kids, who don't read, could participate too.

I laminated them so the kids could check it off as they go.  We hang these clipboards on a hook in their room overnight so they see them in the morning. My kids carry them down to breakfast and have a hook to hang them on when they head out the door to school.

I got so excited about these that I made three more for our morning, after-school, and bedtime routines.  Click below for the other three schedules:

"A schedule defends from chaos and whim.
It is a net for catching days.
It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand
and labor with both hands at sections of time."
(Annie Dillard)

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