We have been enjoying a leisurely summer without any early morning activities therefore the twins and I have developed a slow morning routine. As we wind into the last few weeks of summer for my preschoolers we will have to tighten up the routine. My experience has been that when my kids feel that they are aware of the expectations and have a sense ownership of the responsibilities they are more likely to complete the necessary tasks in order to get out the door on time.
I purchased a box a clear plastic sheet protectors and use them for a variety of purposes with the kids. I slide the visual schedule in the plastic sleeve and keep it where each child can see it (on bedroom door). I also keep a wipe off marker or wipe off crayon on the bookcase shelf (not in reach until we are ready for it to prevent undesirable wall decor). As they complete the task they get to mark it on the chart. This makes my kids feel very important and develops ownership for the process.
If you would like a copy of this chart tell me what you think in the comments section and I can email you a word document copy of Apple Pages document.