You may enjoy spontaneity in your job or social life. However, children need the consistency of a structured routine in order to flourish and learn essential life skills.
Consistency and routine can be hard to accomplish as a stay-at-home parent because there are endless options for how to fill your day. But it’s precisely the inconsistency in routine that can cause tantrums.
This is where the advantage of daycare comes in! At Crestwood Preschool Academy, we have a consistent daily and weekly schedule. Keep reading to learn how maintaining consistency benefits your child.
Adults can relate to the feelings of anxiety over not knowing the future. Similarly, children can experience anxiety when they don’t know what to expect in their day. Children often express their anxiety can result in obstinance or tantrums. The best way to help relieve anxiety is to give children a predictable, consistent routine. Children feel safe and secure when they know their routines.
Safety and Security
Knowing that adults are in charge gives children a sense of safety and security. When a routine is in place, children instinctively know that they don’t have to protect themselves or look out for their best interests. They are free to simply be children.
Gives a Sense of Control
Having a schedule helps children feel confident and in control of their environment. They can be fully present to learn and play because they know what is expected and what is coming next.
Engaged in Learning
Children are more likely to be engaged in learning when they have a consistent routine. They know that the teacher sings a good morning song, that snack comes after reading aloud, and that naps happen after lunch. They won’t have anxiety about what is coming next or if the teacher will change her mind on a whim.
How Do I Start?
If your child throws tantrums or outbursts, you may feel motivated to reduce their anxiety by starting a routine.
Pick two or three things you know you can be consistent about. Pick something you know you can stick with for at least two months, which is the average time to form a new habit.
Finally, don’t forget to be flexible. Modeling an appropriate response to inconvenience or a change in schedule influences how your child will respond to similar situations in the future.
Structured Routine at Crestwood Preschool Academy
We understand the importance of a structured routine at Crestwood Preschool Academy while occasionally giving flexibility for special events. Each classroom has its own daily routine that meets the needs and capabilities of the age group. The children enrolled in Crestwood Preschool Academy can count on our teachers and staff to consistently teach from our curriculum calendars and provide outings that they can look forward to.
Crestwood Preschool Academy is proud to offer an outstanding educational and fun curriculum that prepares your child for kindergarten per state academic standards.
Contact Crestwood Preschool Academy today if you’re looking to give your child a head start in school!