Everyone says that routines are important. When you complain about behavior issues the first suggestion is always to implement a routine or schedule. But the real question is why? What do routines have to do with behaviors?
In one word; Everything. Routines help children know what to expect and prepare for changes. Understanding the daily routine lets the child feel like they are in control because, instead of like they are being shuffled around by adults.
When children have a routine to follow they are better able to focus on the work they are doing. They can immerse themselves in an activity because they know that they have time to complete it. Here are some great Preschool Ponderings posts about schedules and routines:
- Warnings and Signals for Transitions
- Implementing a flexible schedule
- Tips for creating a preschool schedule
- Using a picture schedule