8.17.18

Morning Routine for Kindergartners – Five Ways to Build Independence

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Back to School Season is in full swing! Some of my friends have kids who are on a year-round schedule and have been back to school for a few weeks now. We’re right behind them and I can’t wait to go school supply shopping. It’s the best part, next to the kids being back in school full-time, am I right mamas?! We are in the thick of school preparation mode over here and I can hardly contain my emotions.

Mr. Cool seems to be ready to go, but here I am holding back the tears. I just can’t even believe my first baby is going into Kindergarten! It’s such a bittersweet feeling to see your children grow up. I’m so excited for him to learn ALLOFTHETHINGS, but can’t believe that he’ll be venturing out on his own into a whole new chapter of his life.

All the mama tears aside, I am so overjoyed to support him through some of the most important years of his adolescence. I’m eager to help out in his classroom, go on field trips and provide supplies and treats for the teachers in his school who work tirelessly to inspire our children and teach them a love for learning now and into their futures.

Today, I’m partnering with Box Tops for Education™ who supports schools by offering an easy way to earn cash for necessary items that help inspire imagination in young minds. They’re helping us mamas too! Shopping and clipping Box Tops throughout the year is incentive enough, but right now there’s a special giveaway going on – Box Tops Inspire Imagination Contest at Costco!

Head to your local Costco and pick up your favorite General Mills products like some of our fave cereals and after school snacks! Clip Box Tops for your local school, share your Box Tops story and get a chance to instantly win 100 bonus Box Tops!

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One of the ways that we’ve been prepping for Kindergarten is encouraging him to do things on his own. From wake-up to bedtime, A is pretty self-sufficient. Most of these things, he’s been doing the last couple of years. But, the routine of it will help so much on school days. And I think it fosters a sense of confidence and self-esteem that starts his day off on a high note.

Plus, it helps us in the morning and he loves to take care of himself, so it’s a win-win for the whole family.

Morning Routine for Kindergartners – Five Ways to Build Independence

Making Bed & Getting Dressed

As soon as he wakes up, he likes to arrange his stuffed animals and pillow and pulls the sheet over his bed. Sometimes, he doesn’t do it, but his bed is pretty well-kept, so I can’t complain. He changes out of his pajamas and is VERY particular about his outfits. For a five year old, he can coordinate 90% of the time. If I’m being honest, he likes to keep his favorite outfits on rotation. LOL, but I can’t remember the last time I dressed him! He is getting so big and independent!

Washing Face, Doing Hair, & Brushing Teeth

The boys bathe at night, so in the morning, he brushes his teeth and washes his face. Most mornings he does his own hair too. Unless it’s a special occasion, he insists on styling it himself. D tells me that hair is serious business, so I try to hold back as best as I can. He’s very good about brushing and flossing, too. Sometimes, he needs reminders to do it, but he’s getting very good at his teeth brushing and flossing skills.

Grabbing Breakfast & Packing Snack/Lunch

Unless we’re having a hot lunch or I need to microwave something for him, he’s good about getting his own breakfast. He likes to eat yogurt and apples in the morning. He’ll sometimes make himself a bowl of cereal. I’m impressed with his ability to do all of that AND put his empty bowl in the sink. Talk about independence at such a young age. He can give my husband a lesson on putting empty dishes IN the sink. LOL.

 

Morning Routine for Kindergartners - Five Ways to Build Independence

He likes to help his dad pack his lunch for school days too. We’ll have him be more hands in the preparation for it throughout the school year too. I think it’s really important for kids to learn their way around a kitchen. I love that he enjoys cooking and prepping his own meals at such a young age.

What do your kindergartners like to do by themselves? Share some ideas below and don’t forget to head to your local Costco and clip those Box Tops!

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Morning Routine for Kindergartners – Five Ways to Build Independence

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