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Routines

Routines as Patterns

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Routines | 0 comments

Routines as Patterns

Some people may perceive routines to be rigid, repetitive and boring.  Others may consider routines to be organized, orderly and helpful.   What about routines for children and families?  Are they necessary, and if so, why? Infants enter the world as completely dependent on others to care for and meet their every need.  As they grow and develop muscle control, mobility and communication skills they slowly make their way towards interdependence.  During this time young children are not only...

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Implementing Summer Routines

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Routines | 0 comments

Implementing Summer Routines

Beautiful.  I hear beautiful sounds coming from my daughter’s room.  Her voice sings beautiful words, and somehow, she has learned (taught herself by trial and error?) some simple chords to accompany her singing, singing the song, “Beautiful.” I thought I was paying attention and knew what the kids have been doing, but somehow this slipped my attention.  She has been practicing.  Who knows how long she’s been sitting at the keyboard.  I am tempted to go in and help her fix a few chords, adding...

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Summer Routines

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Routines | 0 comments

Summer Routines

I am a creature of habit and I thrive in routine. As a matter of fact, I crave routine, and not having it leaves me feeling decidedly uncomfortable. Hence, summer vacation, although sounding luxurious with it’s promise of sleeping in and days with no plans and less pressure, causes me no small amount of anxiety. This morning was our first non-weekend morning of summer vacation 2013. Due to our busy weekend, I hadn’t thought through my plan for the summer, nor had I had the...

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Celebrating Handwashing

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Routines | 0 comments

Celebrating Handwashing

“Did you wash your hands?” “With soap?” I wonder how many times I ask those two questions in tandem.  I sometimes feel as though I sound like a broken record, asking them over and over again all the live-long day. But now, it seems that research is backing me up even more than I had thought and that my incessant nagging might be paying off, without me even noticing.  According to an article I just read, the CDC now states that up to a million deaths a year could be...

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Children Doing Chores?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Routines | 0 comments

Children Doing Chores?

In a recent faculty meeting about the Elementary Social Studies curriculum, the topic of children doing chores was brought up.  It was assumed by most teachers present that children do chores and that most families do, and should, expect their children to take responsibility for some household tasks.  I seemed to be in the minority in believing that most of our students are not, in fact, held accountable for doing anything helpful around the house on a regular basis. Then I looked around at my...

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