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How to Implement a Schedule in Your Home that Eases Anxiety and Keeps Your Kids on Track

As an educator, consultant, wife, and mama, Social Emotional Learning just comes with the territory. You can’t get teaching, or raising a child, RIGHT if you get Social Emotional Learning wrong. And it comes in systems. It’s in the things that we do each day, the routines that we have, and the phrases that we say.

And it is my goal to give you the good stuff. The stuff that works. The stuff that I used in my classroom, in classrooms around the nation, in my home, and in homes near and far.

These strategies will not only allow your child to work on the social and emotional skills that they need, but YOU will be able to support them throughout their journey with these tools so you BOTH can feel successful.

Here are my top 4 tips for using a schedule at home:

Tip #1: Create a schedule.

Keep your kiddo on track throughout the day by using this tangible visual.

  • Chunk each part of the day.

  • Let your child help you.

  • Make it tangible.

Tip #2: Use pictures.

Take pictures of your child doing each task, cut them out, and move them across your schedule as they complete them.

  • Take pictures of each task.

  • Cut them out.

  • Move them as you go.

Tip #3: Give them choice.

Have your child help you organize their schedule by giving them choices. Break it down into chunks by the time of day, and allow them to choose the order that they wish to complete their tasks.

  • Look at the schedule.

  • Give them two choices.

  • Put them in order.

Tip #4: End with something fun.

Each chunk of time can end with a little bit of fun! Play board games, go outside for a walk, or color in a calm space. Ask your child what they want to do at the end of each chunk of time throughout the day, and keep them motivated to complete their tasks by keeping that goal in mind.

  • Chunk tasks.

  • Put them in order.

  • End with something fun!

The social world is not easy. And our children need our guidance and support now more than ever. These strategies will help them be able to identify their emotions, create an accurate self-perception, recognize their strengths, and build their self-confidence and self-efficacy so they can be successful today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their life.

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Disclaimer: The resources and ideas found on this website are all research-based and vetted with a parent and educator lens. The tools listed have worked for students and children that I work with; however, each child is different. This list is not exhaustive and is a compilation of ideas and strategies to try at home.  No information on this website should be used as medical advice. I am not a clinical psychologist, but I do work alongside them as thought partners in this journey.

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Kim Gameroz is a change agent for schools and districts who seek to revolutionize classrooms by taking on a systematic approach to teaching social and emotional skills.

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