Showing children the plan for the day can quickly reap impressive results for your classroom.
1. Promote Confidence
Instead of “no! stop!” and “don’t”, schedules show children what they should be doing and in what order.
When adults tell children what NOT to do, they assume children can make the logical leap to what they should be doing. But children often don’t and continue to make similar choices. When children are given clear instructions about what they should be doing, they become more confident and cooperative.
2. Ease Anxiety at Drop-off
Instead of feeling anxious, schedules ease the worry of the children because they can see and predict the daily routine.
When children don’t know the plan, it can cause them to feel scared or stressed, resulting in tears, tantrums or other challenging behavior. Schedules show children their daily routine so that they can understand the steps and see how long it will take until a parent or caregiver returns. As activities are completed, children can see progress being made toward the end of the school day.
3. Encourage Participation
Instead of feeling timid, schedules transform children into eager learners who are willing to try new activities because they are comfortable and confident with routine.
We all love to feel in charge of something and let’s face it, for young children there are few opportunities to be in control. Schedule Power gives a child the confidence to understand and manage their routine without adult prompting or nagging. A child boosts their self-esteem each time they complete a step or master an entire routine. They are encouraged to repeat the activity again and try other challenging tasks in the future.
4. Create Consistency
Instead of guessing, schedules allow new adults to successfully help with routines.
Whether it’s a new teacher, visitor or substitute in the room, adults who use Schedule Power will immediately know the steps in the routine, how far the child has progressed and what activities remain to be completed. New adults can enter the routine confidently and compliment the child from the beginning. “Wow! You finished your table work and now I see it’s time for snack!”
5. Transition Easily
Instead of redirecting, schedules show children the routine so they can follow it without adult support.
Moving to a new activity can be difficult for young children. Schedules show children which activity they are working on and what activities are next. When children understand their routine, they are more likely to begin the next activity without adult reminders, managing themselves and their emotions.
6. Encourage All Learning Styles
Instead of only verbal instructions, schedules give information to children in multiple formats to support a mix of learning styles.
Each child has a preferred way to process information. Schedule Power supports children who learn by listening, seeing or touching. Cards can be held, looked at and explained to make sure every child understands the expectation and is set up for success.
7. Celebrate Diversity
Instead of cartoons, schedules display the routine with photographs of children representing a variety of cultures and abilities.
Children respond to pictures of other children. Schedule Power supports children’s learning by representing children of many cultures and abilities. As rating and licensing organizations evaluate classrooms, your schedule can be an asset to your score.