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Friday, September 30, 2011

{back 2 basics} be different, act normal

I'm so glad Lorie is here today! She features some of the best ideas around, including her own.  She's also ending the Back 2 Basics series on a perfect note.  This has been such a fun month for me, and I hope for you as well.  We've been treated with such wonderful ideas--a HUGE thank you to each and every blogger and reader who has participated.  I can't wait until next year!

Hello everyone! I am Lorie and I blog over at Be Different, Act Normal.  I am excited to be here ate Brown Paper Packages sharing my back to school basics with you.

On the first day of school, my kiddos jumped out of bed the first time I called, hurried downstairs, quickly ate their breakfasts and were ready to go way ahead of schedule.  This is a picture of them standing outside the front door of the school.  We were outside because the doors were still locked.  When I said ahead of schedule I mean REALLY ahead of schedule!

But we have been in school for over a month now and all of that first day of school excitement is gone.  Our mornings look more like this now. 

The kids come downstairs and fall back asleep on the couch before I even have breakfast on the table.  You can only ask them to wake up, not fall asleep on the table, remember to brush their teeth, and yell for them to find their shoes so many times before you want to poke your eyes out.  So we have started to use an idea I read about in my September issue of Family Fun.  A soundtrack.

I put all of our favorite songs on a play list that I blast through the house in the morning.  Not only does it help get them moving, but they also know what tasks are associated with what song.

They have until the end of Rocketeer to get downstairs.  Keep Your Head Up (as in keep it up and off of the kitchen table) and Brighter Than The Sun are breakfast songs.  The songs also help remind them that you should brush your teeth for longer than 10 seconds too.

I can't say that I never have to yell up the stairs that it is time to be out the door, but it has worked really well for us!  We will have to switch out the songs throughout the year, but it is a great way to get everyone up and dancing in the morning.

What tips do you have to get your kids out the door?  And if you were to make a morning soundtrack, what songs would you use?  I am always looking for good music suggestions.

I really love this idea.  I'm a music girl and this really appeals to me.  I'm going to try it tomorrow! Make sure you head on over to Be Different Act Normal to check out all the awesome projects and ideas!


Blogger Celeste said...

I *just* discovered the magic of getting a very reluctant first grader (my niece) up myself! (Took almost two months...she was hesitant right from day one.) Some days we do music. Some days we have tickle/pillow fights/blow raspberries 'til she's laughing too hard to fall back asleep. Some days we race around the house (to get the blood pumping!). Some days I do something totally goofy that makes me feel kinda silly but that definitely earns me a smile--like my French fashion show, where I put on all of her clothes since she wasn' all the wrong places...and described everything I was doing in a thick French accent. :) And some days it comes down to good ol' bribery (like watching tv if she's fast enough, or even a spoonful of something sweet if I'm desperate). Whatever works, right? :)

September 30, 2011 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a great idea!! I'm definitely going to try this to get my three girls moving faster! Thanks for sharing.

September 30, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Lei said...

What a great idea! I love it!!!

September 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Lorie said...

Kierste, thanks so much for having me!!!

September 30, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger M&M Wilkerson Family said...

I love your blog, btw! I, too, have an idea coming from
Family Fun Magazine (tailored to fit my family) and here is the url:
I made mine a tad different. First off I had to use clip art to illustrate the daily activities I wanted them to complete because my children are not proficient readers yet. I also included only daily activities (no weekly) with a few things that I want to start doing with them on a daily basis that they dread (practicing violin and piano, cleaning toyroom, and learning to read time with me). Then on the right hand side (which in family fun magazine is just the striped cardstock) I put the rewards possible if they did these activities, combining the rewards with "The Ticket Store Game" which basically rewards 3 tickets, say, for putting on clothes the first time asked, 2 tickets for the second, 1 for the 3rd, and 0 if they haven't finished (and yet they still have to put on clothes, of course.) Once they get enough tickets for a certain reward they are saving up for, they earn it/buy it with their tickets. They have the possibility of earning 3 tickets for most things, but for the dreaded items on the list they receive 12 tickets. Anyway, I completed these just last week, and getting them up for kindergarten and preschool has been a breeze since! I hope it continues to work! Your music soundtrack sounds like a GREAT idea in addition to what I have in place! Thank you! Here is the link to my creation in case you are curious:

October 4, 2011 at 10:09 PM  

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