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Visual Schedules Help Maintain Children’s Routines

It’s the final homestretch of the homeschool year and if you find yourself struggling to maintain a regular schedule for your children, we’re here to help! KSB Occupational Therapist, Callie Toaso, has put together some tips on maintaining consistency through the use of a visual schedule.

Children like the consistency of a school routine and now they’ve shifted gears to learning at home. Visual schedules are a useful tool to help families manage their time and help children prepare for the day ahead!

When creating a visual schedule, be sure to be consistent with it –  you can do it for the day or the week, depending on age of child and what they can understand.

Have 2 columns labeled “To-Do” or “Plan” and once task is done, you can move it to the second “Completed” or “All Done” column to visually see that the activity is done. You can take your own pictures or use Clip Art/Google photos to create the schedule.

Some tasks may include:

  • Daily routines (dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, etc.)
  • School lessons and subjects
  • Sensory breaks (Click here for some ideas!)
  • Mealtimes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Physical activities

If you prefer a more digital method, here are some app suggestions:

  • Remember the Milk
  • Kazutime ($1.99)
  • 30/30
  • Happy Kids Timer
  • Choiceworks ($9.99)
  • First-Then Visual Schedule ($14.99)
  • Visual Schedule Planner ($14.99)