Transforming Routines into Rituals – Part One

I always get a little bit excited when the latest ‘Every Child’ magazine arrives in our post office box 😊. The final article in the final edition for 2021, in my view, was a stand out.  In her story ‘Rituals Make the Everyday Extraordinary’ Toni Christie talks about educators transforming daily routines into meaningful rituals.

It’s all about being intentional with those things that happen every day like mealtimes, arrivals, nappy changing, preparing for sleep, and departures.  Toni Christi isn’t saying we throw out routines, as routines are important for predictability and security.  However, she does suggest reflecting on our intentions for these routine activities.  For example, is it our intention to feed the children as quickly as possible? Or is it our intention to create a space where we all come together to enjoy a meal and each other’s company?

In EarlyWorks you might like to create a Rituals program.  In that program you can add your rituals as experiences.  So, you might have a mealtime ritual, a nappy changing ritual, and a sleep ritual. In the narrative of the experience, you can then describe each ritual, so that it is clear to families the love, care and creativity infused into the daily routine.

Once you have added your rituals as experiences in your Rituals Program, they can be linked to your observations as experiences observed.  Clear evidence of 1.1.3 Program Learning Opportunities: All aspects of the program, including routines, are organised in ways that maximise opportunities for each child’s learning; and 1.2.1 Intentional Teaching: Educators are deliberate, purposeful, and thoughtful in their decisions and actions.

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