Some children like to see a visual representation of the day's coming events. A visual day planner can be particularly soothing to children during hectic times or during times when new daily patterns are being established, such as at the beginning of a school year. Preschool and kindergarten teachers often use hand-made planners to help children understand the calendar as well as the tasks and responsibilities of the day.
By making a simple day planner, your child can refer to his schedule during the day and check off events as they occur.
- On index cards, have your child draw pictures representing the typical events of a day such as getting up, eating breakfast, going to school, going to swimming lessons, eating dinner, taking a bath and going to bed.
- Staple plastic bags in rows to a piece of posterboard—one for each typical activity (or more so you can add activities later).
- Help your child to put these event cards in the clear plastic bags so that they show the day's probable events in order.
- Mount the board in your child's room or perhaps where the whole family can use it.
- The next day, your child can rearrange the cards as necessary and add or subtract cards from the arrangement on the board. As your child builds a collection of event cards, these can be stored in an envelope affixed to the schedule board.