5 Tips on How to Create a School Morning Routine for Kids

Managing morning activities can be quite a challenge, especially when preparing your children for school. A well-organised morning routine not only establishes a positive tone for the day but also enhances your youngsters’ focus in their learning environment. Drawing inspiration from UNIS Hanoi’s dedication to nurturing lifelong learners, let’s explore some practical tips to start your mornings on a delightful note!

Laying the Groundwork the Night Before

To start a smooth new day, readiness is crucial! Now, moving on to the evening before you even engage in morning activities. Be sure to:

  • Review Homework: Take a moment to review your child’s homework assignments to ensure they’ve completed everything required.
  • Pack School Bags: Check your child’s school bag for any books, homework, or assignments that must be completed or returned. Ensure that everything is prepared and organised.
  • Select Outfits: Plan your child’s outfit the night before to avoid morning problems.
  • Check the Calendar: Check your family’s schedule to prepare for any special activities or appointments your child may have.
  • Prepare Lunches: If your child takes lunch to school, consider preparing it the night before. This includes making sandwiches, packing snacks, and filling a reusable water bottle.
  • Set Up Breakfast: Set out breakfast items like cereal, bowls, and utensils, so they’re easily accessible in the morning if you plan to make a hot breakfast, prep ingredients or set up soon for convenience.
  • Establish a Bedtime Routine: It’s important to establish a consistent bedtime routine for your child to ensure they get enough sleep and wake up refreshed.
  • Charge Devices: If your child uses electronic devices for schoolwork, make sure your child’s school devices are fully charged.

By taking these specific actions the night before, you can set the stage for a smooth and stress-free morning routine for your kids. It’s all about being organised and prepared.

Waking Up Early Before Your Kid

Being an early bird catches the worm—or, in this context, a tranquil morning. Enjoy your new day morning by:

Utilise the Quiet Moments

Before the household wakes up, relish the quiet moments to collect your thoughts or perhaps sip on your morning tea or coffee, perhaps read through some emails, or prepare breakfast. A positive start for you often translates into positive energy for everyone.

Review Your To-Do List

Taking a few minutes to go through your to-do list or planner can help you mentally prepare for the day’s challenges. As a result, you’re not only sorted but also more available to assist your children.

Preparing a Quick and Nutritious Breakfast

Breakfast is frequently cited as the most crucial meal of the day—and we couldn’t agree more!

A balanced and nutritious breakfast significantly improves cognitive function and mood. It provides the energy your child needs for both academic and personal excellence. Choose proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, and avoid sugary cereals that may lead to mid-morning energy crashes.

Quick recipes like overnight oats soaked in almond milk and topped with fresh fruits make for a quick, balanced meal. Other fantastic options include scrambled eggs, a smoothie bowl sprinkled with chia seeds, or whole-grain toast with avocado. These recipes are quick enough to prepare and pack a nutritional punch to keep your child energised.

Applying a Pre-School Checklist

A checklist is a fabulous tool for tracking routine tasks. It’s like a course outline, mapping out what needs to be achieved. To apply a list, we can follow these steps:

  • Identify Morning Tasks: Start by listing your child all the tasks that need to be completed in the morning, such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and packing school bags.
  • Organise by Priority: Prioritise tasks to avoid rushing at the last minute.
  • Visual Representation: Add visuals to tasks for young children to make them more engaging.
  • Include Time Slots: Assigning specific time slots to each task creates a structured checklist. For example, “7:00 AM – Wake Up,” “7:15 AM – Brush Teeth,” and so on.
  • Personalisation: Tailor the checklist to your child’s needs and preferences.
  • Use Checkboxes or Stickers: Create checkboxes or stickers for the child to track completed tasks.
  • Morning Goals: Set a goal or reward for your child to stay motivated, like earning a star for completing all tasks on their checklist.
  • Review and Adjust: Review the checklist often and adjust for any consistently delayed tasks if necessary.
  • Gradual Independence: As your child becomes more familiar with the routine, encourage them to complete tasks independently. This fosters a sense of responsibility.
  • Consistency is Key: Use the checklist consistently every morning. Over time, it will become a habit, and your child will require less supervision.

By following these steps and customising the checklist to suit your child’s needs, you can create an effective tool that guides them through their morning routine, keeping them on track and reducing morning stress.

Rewarding Your Child

Rewarding Your Child

Who doesn’t love a bit of positive reinforcement? Rewarding your child for successfully completing their morning routine can boost their enthusiasm and morale.

A simple star chart can work wonders for younger kids. Accumulate stars for a week of successfully following the routine and reward them with a small treat at bedtime.

Sometimes, verbal praise and affection, like a warm hug or a few encouraging words, can make your child’s day. Verbal affirmation reinforces their self-worth and motivates them to keep up the excellent work.

FAQs about Preparing a School Morning Routine for Kids

Let’s review these often-asked questions to better understand how to get ready for your kids.

How Early Should I Wake Up My Kids for School?

Most experts recommend waking children up at least an hour before their school departure time, allowing ample time for breakfast, getting dressed, and completing other morning tasks.

What Do I Do if My Child Refuses to Follow the Morning Routine?

Remain composed and remind your child of the benefits of adhering to their routine. Open communication is crucial, and a bit of negotiation can often fine-tune the routine to fit your child’s needs better.

How Can I Make Mornings Less Stressful for Everyone Involved?

Advance preparation and sticking to a set routine usually make mornings run more smoothly. Also, incorporating your child into the planning process can make them more willing to follow the routine.

How Can I Make Mornings Less Stressful for Everyone Involved?

Can This Routine Adapt as My Child Grows Older?

Just as our curriculum at UNIS Hanoi evolves to suit different learning stages, the morning routine for kids should adapt to your child’s growing needs and responsibilities.


Crafting a school morning routine for your children is not only beneficial for them but also helps you as a parent streamline those busy mornings. It’s a win-win! Remember, every day is a new opportunity for learning and growth—for both you and your little ones. Get more helpful information at the UNIS Hanoi website. Happy parenting!

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