These Back-to-school story stones are sure to help with the ease of getting back into routines of Fall and School. Whether your child is going to Kindergarten for the first time, or returning to school this Fall (or returning to routines of homeschool!), these story stones will help with getting kids used to the steps needed in morning routines. What are story stones? Usually, they are stones with pictures painted on them to use in imaginative play. We made story stones to depict the morning routine for preparation and ordering of tasks for back-to-school.
How to make Back-to-School routines easier:
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The morning rush and kids do not go together well. Getting kids up, dressed, brushed, polished, and out of the house without forgetting important items can be more than slightly difficult. Add in more than one child and a routine that gets old after the first week, and you have kids that need prodding with each step. Use these story stones to help kids understand, process, and order the steps of a morning routine.
We've used rocks in learning and play before, like in word building and sensory play so this was a fun way for us to play and learn about the coming routine's of Back-to-School.
We started with a bunch of white river rocks and a permanent marker. Figure out the important tasks that your child must do each morning. These can be jobs that they do on their own, or initiate with prompting. We decided that the important steps of our morning are getting dressed, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, brushing hair, putting on shoes, coat, lunch/backpack, and going to the bus stop. You can add any other important steps in your morning, like making the bed, feeding pets, packing a lunch, etc.
Use the permanent marker to draw a representation of the tasks onto the river rocks.
Using acrylic paints, fill in the outlines of the shapes. You will need a fine point paint brush for the small painting, or you can snip the bristles of a regular paint brush to stay in the lines.
Let the paint dry.
Before the start of school, use the back to school story stones with your child to talk about the routines. You can place the stones in order, move around the order, and talk about each step. Invite your child to use the story stones in imaginative play by pretending to go through the morning's routine.
Hopefully this idea will help with the hectic mornings before school and Fall's routines!
Kids will love to create this Easy Shapes School Bus craft in preparation for Back-to-School, too.
We are posting this idea as part of our month-long Learning with Free Materials series where we provide 31 days of learning using free or almost free materials in homeschooling or school-based extension learning like homework. This post is part of the 31 Days of Homeschooling Tips as we blog along with other bloggers with learning at home tips and tools.
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Morning Routine Story Stones // Sugar Aunts
Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Pack Their Lunch // Study at Home Mama
Easy, Kid-Made Phone Number Bracelets // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Back to School Bingo // Playdough to Plato
Back to School I Spy // The Pleasantest Thing
ABC Photo Book // Powerful Mothering
Back to School Puzzles for Counting to 10 // Life Over C's
Patterns with Erasers // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Shape Puzzles Busy Bag // Teach Me Mommy
Back to School Name Practice with Playdough // Stay at Home Educator
Back to School File Folder Games // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Back to School Mapping Our Classroom // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Back to School Teacher Gift // Think Magnet
Free Back to School Memory Book // DIY Farm Wife
Flower Craftivity // Fairy Poppins
Free Alphabet Book // The Kindergarten Connection
Back to School Memory Game // Play and Learn Everyday
DIY Name Stamps // Preschool Inspirations