Last night I was speaking to my husband about MommyFest and how I am trying to make my posts for this week helpful and informative, and easily commented on (for the contest) and he suggested talking about the boys routines. I was like well maybe and not 5 minutes later I am going through my sons preschool orientation packet and there is a whole page on routines. So here I go.
A routine is an event that is completed on a regular basis, frequently involving a series of responses.
- Schedule and routines are important because
- They influence a child's emotional, cognitive and social development
- They help children feel secure and comfortable
- They help children understand the expectations of the environment
- They help reduce the frequency of behavior problems
- They can result in higher rates of child engagment
- A schedule that is followed consistently helps make settings more predictable for children and adults.
- When planning activity scheduless, caregivers should consider the balance of activites
- Longer play periods can result in higher levels of play behavior
- There should be times when children are given a choice of activities