This is the final post for the Morning Routine series: How to Create one for your Classroom.
As we all know, children LOVE routine! Having a morning routine is particularly important in the Early Years so that children can feel comfortable when first entering the classroom as they know what to do and what is expected of them. Before the year starts (can also be changed for the start of term) sit down and really think about what type of routine you want (don’t stress too much as things can change once you meet your students). Here are some tips on what to think about:
- Where will your students put their bag, lunch, hats, shoes etc.?
- Where do parents sign their child in (if that happens)?
- Where can parents see what students have been up to or messages they need to read?
- What areas are students allowed to play in at the start?
- What areas can students leave their show-and-tell items (if that happens)?
- What areas are off bounds until later?
- Where do you want the students to gather once they have all arrived?
- How do you take the roll?
- How do you show them what is on for the day?
There is a lot to consider but it is great to have this all organised at the start of the year/term as it creates a beautiful start to the day.
An example of my morning routine is:
- The children would come in between 8.30-8.45am.
- Parents would pass the notice board where I would write any messages for them for the day.
- Children would help their parents unpack the bags, place lunches in the fridge and morning tea in their lockers. Take shoes off and put in their lockers.
- Place any show-and-tell items on my bookshelf (we had a class mascot where children would do drawings about what they did with him on their turn of taking him home)
- Move to an inside area that they enjoy (I would have activities in shelves and on tables that they can self-select for the morning session).
- Around 8.45am all the children would gather on the main mat where we would say good morning to eachother and mark the roll. I would then discuss what we would be doing today and then use a transition song/activity to move them to the different inside areas.
You can make it as detailed as you like (great for really young children, those with special needs and at the beginning of the school year). Mine is fairly detailed at the start of the year and as they grow and learn I would make it a bit more flexible and add more tasks in for them to learn.
I would love to hear what your classroom morning routine looks like! Please leave a comment below.