Elevating Early Childhood

How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine for Your Preschool Classroom

March 6, 2023

Our morning routine sets the tone for our whole day. And the same can be said for your students.

You see, what young children do from the minute they walk into your classroom each morning will affect the rest of their day. And this is why choosing the right morning activities for your classroom is a must!

So, here are a few questions you should ask yourself: 

  • How do I handle arrival time in my preschool classroom? 
  • Are my students practicing independence skills during this time?

And the most important question of all: What do my students do when they arrive?

Sure, these may seem like little things at first glance. But the way your students arrive in your classroom and what they do when they get there will set the tone for the rest of the day.

And if you want to set your students up for success, then it’s time to integrate free choice fine motor activities into your classroom’s morning routine.

Are you ready to learn more?

Let’s dive in!


Key Takeaways:

Morning routine: Yay or nay? (00:00)

Quick story time! (02:36)

Three things that will help you improve your arrival routine (04:21)

What to use in your fine motor morning tubs (10:29)


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about morning work here.

- Get the arrival routine picture cues here.

- Get the spring fine motor printables here.

- Find the nail art tools for the poke activities here.


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