Back to School Schedules

I know most of you are already settled in the back-to-school routine, but we're still working on it.

My littlest one just started school for the first time this week, and now the questions are rolling in...
Do I go to school today?
Is today my sharing day?
Do I go to school tomorrow?
Do my brothers go school today?
When is it the weekend?

To try to help my new preschooler (and my older boys) make sense of the new routine, I made up these weekly schedules. The before school and end-of-the-day routines are listed as a little reminder, mainly for my older sons. My preschooler obviously can't read that part, but he's mostly interested the school sections. I started by drawing pictures of things that happen on each of his three school days, and color coded the days so he could see that the red days are his school days, purple are weekends, etc. I thought he could draw some things he does in his free time in the other sections, he started but wasn't really into it, so for now, they're blank. I gave my older two boys their own copy to fill in as they wish, adding things like P.E. day, library day, soccer practice and whatever else they want to keep track of.

If you'd like to make your own, here's a blank version to print.
I also like these picture cards from Do2Learn to make a visual schedule for young children or non-readers.

We also made a book about my son's school day. His organized teacher sent home a daily schedule, which I typed up and pasted in a blank book, leaving space for illustrations. After I glued everything down, I added some tape to the cover to make it cute. I happen to have a bunch of Bare Books lying around, but printing on card stock or gluing to construction paper and attaching with binder clips works well too. If you make your own version, I recommend breaking the day into about five or six manageable sections so it's easy to learn and fairly quick to illustrate and read. (And re-read!!)

This is a toothbrush and a waffle in case you were wondering!

Making a school day book is also handy for older kids, especially those who feel anxious about the new routine.

I hope your back-to-school routine is running like clockwork! We're getting there. I'm sure by October we'll be all set! :) 
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