Do you have a set morning, after school and or bedtime routine? Having a routine can save you time. Think about what you need to do in the morning before school to get to school on time.
Morning Routine Time Activity
You can complete the activity in the presentation using the resource sheets here. You can work with a friend or family member. Download both sheets How Long it Takes Me To (Young Person Version) and How Long it Takes My Child To (Adult Version). Think about how long it takes you to complete morning tasks and then time yourself. Did you guess right or do you need to allow for more time in the morning?
Morning Routine Assistance Activity
Complete this activity with your parent / guardian. Download both sheets What I do for myself / What I get help with (Young Person Version) and What my child does for themselves / What I help with (Adult Version). Make a list of what you do for yourself in the morning and a list of what you get help with. Parent / Guardian to make a list of what young person does in the morning and what you help them with. Once you have completed your list compare these. How much do you do for yourself and how much do you get help with? Could you be doing more for yourself?
Now that you have planned your morning, now try the same for your after school and bedtime routine. You should try to be as organised as possible for the next day before you go to bed. This will save you time in the morning.
After School Routine
Check out the Creating a Routine section here for more advice about building a routine.
You may already have your new school timetable. It is very important that you check your timetable as it will tell you things such as:
You will need to change classrooms throughout the day and you need to get to each lesson on time. If you don’t have a watch, it would be a good idea to buy one. If you buy one with an alarm it can remind you of any important times throughout the day. It can also wake you up in the morning!!! You could also use the clock and alarm on your phone if you have one.
Complete this activity with your parent / guardian. Using a copy of the black/white timetable parent / guardian to ask young person to find a subject. Now try same with a copy of the coloured timetable. Which timetable was easier? Could this help assist with organisation?