Establishing Rewarding Routines

Establishing Rewarding Routines

One of our hopes for these blog posts is to help set you mamas and papas up for success as you head into this next school year. For the mamas out there whose babies/toddlers are heading to daycare/preschool, it can be a little overwhelming to send your little one off for the day on their own. If you haven’t done that before, it can feel like a huge change!

Teachers FTW!

Teachers, for the win! Teachers are truly the best and step in to teach and care for our kiddos. The best thing we can do is take really great care of them! I do this through a few different avenues.

First, I set them up for success by sharing all the things about my specific kiddo. I usually send my kiddo to daycare/preschool/school with a note “from my kiddo” thats all about me. It is not super long but it hits the highlights of how my kiddo might respond in various avenues and recurring verbiage we use at home. I want the teacher to be able to use the hooks we already have in our kiddo’s brain by sharing the phrases we repeat in our family.

Secondly, I ask them to fill out a favorites sheet! I want them to know all about my kiddo but I also want to know all about them! I find a free “favorites” sheet online and have the teacher/helpers fill one out. That way, I know when their birthday is, what their favorite coffee beverage is, and more. It helps set ME up for success so that I can purchase them things they like and not have to guess. I love bringing a random treat on Fridays or a book from their favorite author before the holidays.

Don’t be afraid to get to know your teachers and also share info about your kiddos. Build the relationship and then enjoy being a team together as you care for your kiddo this year!

Scaffolding for a successful school year!

I’ll never forget the year I “started kindergarten” for the second time in my life! I was about to send my first ever 6 year old to school and we had so many obstacles on our course to kindergarten! One of the things I found most helpful, for my little guy who appreciated details on the front end, was drawing a picture (with him) of exactly what was going to happen.

This can be as fancy/formal as an official social story, or it can be a few handrawn stick figures on a sticky note. Either way, the idea is the same: you want to provide the scaffolding for your kiddo(s) so that they can move forward bravely and succeed! A few ideas:

  • Draw out a picture/list of the routines for both before school and before bed.

  • Explain to your kiddo what will happen after school and who will be picking them up (especially if it will be different each day). You can even incorporate pictures of those picking them up.

  • Put up a weekly calendar in the kitchen so your kiddo(s) can have a frame of reference for which day in the week it is.

  • Consider packing the lunches and backpacks the night before so everything is good to go in the morning before you head out the door!

We think calm, confident kiddos come from mamas and papas who also are calm and confident. As you think about how you can set your kiddos up for success this school year, think through how you can provide scaffolding for yourself, as well! What can you do to set you up for success when the time comes? What are the most stressful times of the day/week/etc? How can you help things run smoothly?

Enjoy this last week and let us know how the first week of school goes!