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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post about incorporating task and free choice cards into my youngest child’s routine. I mentioned my hope to blog about the experience here. Rather than waiting until I have all of the materials printed and assembled, I thought it might be more helpful to first share the links to the products themselves here.
My 5 year old has been having a hard time adjusting to our new routine, so I was on the look out for cards that might help her settle into a routine of her own. Here are the ones I found, and what was appealing about them:
This is a basic checklist kind of cards for young children to remember what they need to do in the morning. For example, brush teeth, make bed, eat breakfast. I have heard of large families using these task cards to help their younger children get started in the mornings. We haven’t had a need to use such a system until now. I think the visual cues will be very helpful for my 5 year old, and I do plan to laminate these and place them on a ring.
This product creates a sort of daily schedule for the kids. In a classroom setting, I think, the teacher sets the order of events. In our homeschool, these will be the options for my 5 year old to do. I purchased this set because it includes the main “centers” that we already have set up. For example, there are cards for things like doing a puzzle, reading a book, playing with blocks, etc. I am hoping the visual cues will remind my 5 year old of what her options are, while still giving her the free choice of what she would like to do.
While these are labeled as “Special Education,” I believe they can easily be used by any children. They break down independent tasks to work on into one or a few skills at a time, rather than a more complex thing.
What I’ve purchased so far:
This is the proper size boxes, from Michael’s. I bought the amazon linked ones below, but they are too small! Snag the Michael’s ones while they’re still on sale!:
The following affiliate links are to the products that I bought to make the Independent Work boxes (and print all the cards) for my 5 year old. You can find many of these things at places like Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Target. The cost of gas figured into my pricing analysis here! Additionally, when I purchased these items, they were being offered at a great sale price. Pricing will likely change over time, so if you see one of the items and think that’s a crazy price! Then clearly the sale has ended 🙂
I am going to make a list of further supplies for the initial boxes I’ll be making, and we will eventually head out to Dollar Tree or Target, to pick those up.