Written by Pattie Carroll, Dodge County Family Engagement & Relationships Extension Educator.

Routines are important because they give children a sense of security and control over their environment. Children learn what to expect at different times of the day. Preschoolers like to be independent but sometimes they need a parent’s encouragement. Learn how to support preschoolers independence through routines by reading this fact sheet.

Download the ”Routines” Fact Sheet

Read the fact sheet:

  • Español – Rutinas (2016 version) (PDF, 2 pages, 297 KB)


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