This Executive Function Tip Will Make Mornings Easier This School Year

| by Thuy Truong, M.A. Ed., TPT Teaching and Coaching, 7/7/2021|

While the sweet reality of an in-person fall 2021 for school re-openings is the long-awaited return to normal that we all crave for, it is time to revisit the morning routine. The kids are excited to see their teachers and friends again (maybe a little awkward at first, but still excited!). For some parents, the question remains: How do I get my kid to leave the house on time? We have just the trick for you.

We all have been there. The morning madness can be draining for many families and individuals alike. A child can forget one item that results in mom having to drive to school to give the child the math homework he forgot on the kitchen table or left his baseball uniform on his bed still. While planning ahead to anticipate for a hectic morning come naturally for adults, school-aged children and adolescents may not have this skill down. That's why the launch pad is a miracle for easy mornings. It is a routine that helps your child sets out their materials the night before in a designated location so your family can have a smooth morning out the door. The suggested steps below will deliver easy, breezy mornings moving forward as your child strengthens their executive function skills.

1. Co-write a morning checklist with your student

The launch pad idea works best when you and your child sit down a week before school starts to make a checklist of items your student needs every morning. Give your child the job of the writer and you the facilitator so your student can experience planning something out and writing things down. Then, laminate this checklist with a few blank lines for occasional additional items that your child needs to bring to school and post it in a highly visible place for your student to scan or check off with an erasable marker every morning to avoid forgetfulness.