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Daily Routine: Getting Out The Door on Time in the Morning

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  1. Get organized the night before. Set out clothes and outerwear; pack book, bags and lunches.
  2. Have a morning routine that can be followed every day. Make it a habit. A morning routine may include: wake-up, morning hugs, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth, grab lunch and book bag.
  3. Play “Beat the Clock.” Set a timer and try to beat the times.
  4. Make the morning as fun and playful as possible. Sing songs, allow the children to watch part of a video if they finish early, make up stories about their day, talk about a friend coming over.
  5. Offer rewards for following the routine. A sticker chart or hand stamp works well with young children. Remember to praise your children whenever they do what you want them to do.
  6. Allow adequate time in the morning. Get up 15-30 minutes earlier if it is still chaotic in the morning.
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