Every school morning was the same. The alarm clock would sound and we would get out of bed at 6am. Yet every morning it was a rush to get to school on time and my little girl was always late. It was a struggle to get her to eat her breakfast, get dressed and to put her shoes on. I would ask her to do things like brush her hair, she seemed to sometimes ignore me and not do it. It was very frustrating, I wanted her to become more independent, yet did not want to be nagging her all the time.
To make it really clear what she needed to do, I made a "School Ready" picture checklist. It was easy to follow, showing clearly everything she needed to do and in which order. Starting with eating breakfast to lastly picking up her school bag ready to leave for school on time.
School Ready Card
The Mooki Cards contain a “School Ready” card. To help dyslexic children learn to become more independent. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!
The dyslexic brain struggles with processing information. A dyslexic child may not understand verbal instructions. They understand pictures, videos better. So it can appear that they are not listening, when instructed to do things.
Dyslexic children live in the moment, struggling with pre-planning and order. So when getting ready for school in the morning, they may not know what to do and when to do it.
Being organised takes a good memory, another thing dyslexic children struggle with. It can seem as if they don't care, are lazy and unmotivated. Instead they may simply forget what they need to do and lack the confidence to communicate this.
Use Pictures - Checklists are a great way to help dyslexic children remember what they need to do and when. Use pictures on the checklist, the dyslexic brain thinks better this way.
Praise - When you give the child a picture checklist they may not do everything in the correct order at first. Let them choose to 1 item on the list to do. When they achieve it, give them lots of praise and suggest they try to do another one. Building up to them being able to do the whole checklist.
Reward - This "School Ready" checklist can be used everyday. To motivate the child to complete the checklist, offer a reward at the end of the week. A reward can be a simple things like, getting to stay up half an hour past bedtime, inviting a friend round for a play.