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Morning Routines for Teachers

We all know that our students need routines. We spend the first few weeks of school going over routines—how to line up, how to get supplies, how to turn in work, etc. (You can read about some routines in my classroom here) But sometimes we forget that we need routines in our own lives. I think this is especially true in the mornings—if we start our morning off with a good morning routine, it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

It is important to remain consistent, especially as we are wrapping up the school year. I know all too well how easy it is to continually hit the snooze alarm, throw on some clothes, and make coffee at school.

Resist the urge. I am talking to myself—Becca, resist the urge.

We are at the post-spring break, testing, and crazy part of the year. Maybe it is different for you, but for me, it is getting harder and harder to get up and start my day well. But I will say, the days that I give in and sleep late and don’t take care of myself tend to be the days that don’t go so well.

So I am practicing having better control over myself and my habits. This morning routine has been the same for me all year. I adjusted a little bit since last year to allow me to get to school earlier (I prefer to get to school early rather than stay late).

Of course, you may have totally different needs that I do. I don’t have any kids. I do have two dogs to take care of in the morning, but I do not have to worry about people other than my husband.

So this is my routine, with a few suggestions for you: Morning Routines for Teachers plus some of my favorite beauty products! Tips for preparing yourself for those kids! Becca's Music Room.

5:30 Wake up, wash face

I would really suggest waking up early. It is so much better to have time in the morning to geet everything done. You don’t have to wake up at the same time as I do, but adjust the time based on when you need to leave.

As soon as I get up, I go the bathroom and wash my face. I read recently that you really don’t need to wash your face every morning, but I honestly just love the way it feels to have a clean face in the morning. Then I put on face lotion.

I use these (click on the pictures to see better):

Morning Routine Tip #1: If you are not used to getting up early, do it gradually. One week, try waking up ten minutes earlier. Next week, ten minutes earlier than that until you get to where you want to be.

5:45 Walk the dogs

So… I have to walk my dogs in the morning. This is obviously not something that everyone has to do, but I do. But in 48 days, we are moving, and we will have a fenced in yard. I will just open the door and set them free! I cannot wait.

5:55 Yoga or hair

So this alternates. Once every four days, I curl my hair. After that, I just pin my hair up when I am showering. Yes, you may think that’s gross, but it is truly the best for my hair. I use a Aussie hair insurance to smooth and protect my hair, and a wand to curl my hair (check it out here), and it takes of 15 minutes. And I have a lot of hair. And stays for four days.

On the other days, I do yoga. This makes my body feel ready for the day, and helps me feel mentally ready for the day.

Morning Routine #2: Do something for you. We spend the whole day worrying about our students, and it is vitally important to have some time for yourself. Whether that is reading, spending five minutes sipping on coffee in silence, petting your dog, whatever. Take a few minutes for yourself before you spend the whole day worrying about other people.

6:15 Read Bible

This is for obvious reasons, but the same kind of thing. Take a few minutes to take care of yourself. Morning Routines for Teachers plus some of my favorite beauty products! Tips for preparing yourself for those kids! Becca's Music Room.

6:30 Breakfast and lunch

At this point, I get mine and my husband’s breakfasts and lunches ready. I try to keep them really simple. He generally takes salads (we buy the salad kits) and something like crackers. I take fruit and yogurt or pretzels. All things we can just throw in a bag and go. For breakfast, I eat oatmeal and he eats a smoothie. And of course, I drink coffee. Morning Tip #3: Keep your breakfast easy.

6:45 Actually getting ready

After all of that, I spend all of fifteen minutes getting ready. I do my makeup (usually a little over 5 minutes. By the way, if you want to keep your make up looking good all day, I would suggest this primer. And using this on your eyebrows is a game changer—it is a super easy and quick thing to do and makes all of the difference.) Then I get my clothes on.

I find the best way to do this is to pick my outfits for the week the week before—I just pick out five things on Thursday or Friday and just put them together in my closet. This eliminates all of the I-don’t-know-what-to-wear issues.

It used to take me forever to pick out clothes, and now I do not. It takes all of five minutes each week and saves my tons of time. And although I curl my hair first, I don’t actually do my hair until after I put my clothes on because it never fails that it will pull all of my bobby pins out of my hair. And I eat my breakfast while I do these things.

7:00 Drive to work

I leave at seven and I drink my coffee on the way to work.

So there you have it—my morning routine and my 3 best tips for your morning routine. Remember, if your morning routine isn’t working, then change it. And keep changing until you get it where you would like.

Also read: Music Lesson Ideas: Jazz

What is your morning routine like? How do you use your morning routine to get ready for your students? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Teaching!

Morning Routines for Teachers plus some of my favorite beauty products! Tips for preparing yourself for those kids! Becca's Music Room.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Children’s Church

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If you have been going to a church for more than a few months, then you are probably familiar with the phrase “voluntold”. As in, no one would volunteer and I missed the meeting, so I got voluntold to do whatever.

If you were voluntold to teach the Children’s Church or Sunday School, don’t fear. It is not the end of the world.

So what do you do? Here are some steps to help you out. It is certainly not everything, but it is a start.

1. Find some help

My first piece of advice? Find some people to help you. You do not have to do this alone.

That may be that you get a teenager to physically help you while you are teaching. It may mean that you get your friend to team teach with you, or teach on weeks you do not teach. It may mean you ask around until you find someone who teaches Sunday School or Children’s Church at another church who can give you some ideas and be a sort of mentor.

But the most difficult times I have had is when I didn’t have anyone to help me out. Don’t do that to yourself.

2. Find something to teach

It doesn’t have to be fancy. My favorite way to find topics to teach? Open you Bible! I will literally pick a character or a book and just go through all of the stories until we get to a stopping point. I did this in a series called “Journey through Genesis” and again between Christmas and Easter (we started with the Christmas story and went through Jesus’ life until he rose again the week after Easter).

Or just think, what is my favorite Bible story? What did I enjoy when I was a kid?

When in doubt, go to the internet! I get a ton of my lessons off of Pinterest. There is no judgement in that. Some of my favorite websites for lessons are ministry-to-children.com (this one is literally the bomb) and DLTK-Bible.

I also will sometimes cover the same story in two different series. For example, we did a series of King David. During that, we did the story about how David cut a piece of Saul’s robe off but spared his life. About two months later, we were talking about the Beautitudes and we covered the same story when we talked about being merciful.

I don’t teach the same thing every day, but I don’t shy away from repeats when it happens that way. It reinforces to students that it is important, and also that the same story has many different parts to it.

Also, the repetition helps them remember.

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3. Find Something Else to Do

You can’t just talk and talk and talk. They will not have fun, not pay attention, and not listen to a word you say. Find some activities to do with the kids. Games, songs, videos, and crafts. You don’t need all, but one or two.

I try not to do the same thing for longer than 20 minutes. They do not have attention spans large enough. Think: if you have one hour to teach, try 20 minutes of lesson, 20 minutes or crafts, and 20 minutes of games. It doesn’t always have to be the same, just don’t talk for an hour straight.

Extra tip: pick something fun to do at the end. That way during the lesson you can say, “If you do a good job, then we can play a game at the end!”

4. Don’t forget to pray

Jesus is why you are there, right? Pray for your kids. Pray for with your kids. Ask them to pray with you.

 

Need more help? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!

 



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