A routine consists of a sequence of Activities (tasks, breaks and rewards) and a Finish (end point).
Activities are the tasks or actions your child needs to do to properly complete the routine. Examples of activities include:
- Get Dressed
- Brush Teeth
- Tidy Bedroom
A Finish or end point defines the conclusion of the routine, often the goal towards which the activities are leading. Routines can only have one Finish. Examples of end points include:
- Leave for School
- Lights Out
- Dinner time
A dynamic free time activity is an activity your child enjoys doing, and might be motivated to maximize. These are automatically inserted before the Finish of routines that must end by a particular time, and their duration depends on how quickly the routine's activities are completed. Examples of dynamic free time activities include:
- Computer time
- Watch TV
- Play with toys
An activity reward (Rest) activity is for timed breaks that are inserted into any type of routine. You can create this type of activity by choosing one from the library or by setting the reward star slider on the activity to the trophy symbol. Examples are:
- 5 minute break between homework tasks
- 30 minute play time between chores
Creating a New RoutineThe first step in creating a routine is to tap/click the "Add a Routine" or "+" button. You'll be taken to a screen to set the routine's general properties. First, type in the routine's name. Then, tap on or click the Routine Times field to set the time(s) when the routine should occur.
Brili automatically presents the most appropriate routine to your child when he or she launches the app.
For this to happen, you'll need to tell Brili at what time you need routines to end OR start.
Routines can be scheduled from an an end time (e.g. the time your child needs to leave to catch the school bus) or a start time (e.g. the time your child returns from school). "End" is selected by default. You can toggle the checkbox buttons to change the routine's scheduling type.
When scheduling a routine from an end time:
- The start time will be calculated automatically based on the duration of activities you put into the routine
- A dynamic free time activity will be inserted at the end of the routine. While your child is going through a routine of this type, they will see their free time expand and contract based on their actual rate of activity completion. For example, if you estimated they needed 5 minutes to get dressed and they did it in 3, their free time will increase by the difference (2 minutes).
- If no free time is available at the end of the routine while your child is completing it, remaining activities will be proportionally shortened in order to help your child achieve the specified end time.
When choose to schedule from a start time, the time value shows the time at which the routine should start.
- The end time is calculated based on the start time plus the sum of estimated and actual times of all activities. The end time is thus flexible. In other words, the routine will not stop at a specific time or accelerate activities to achieve a specific end time.
Assigning a routine to a childIf you have added more than one child to Brili, you can optionally assign a routine to a particular child using the "Select Child" field in the routine settings. If you have only one child in the system, it will default to that child.
Selecting Days of the Week for the RoutineWhen creating a new routine, you'll be taken to a screen for selecting the days of the week on which you want the routine to occur, when you first save the settings. If you are editing an existing routine, you'll the Select Days control will already be visible and you can edit the days on which the routine occurs by tapping it.
Routine Days of the WeekOn the Routine Information screen shown above, you can tap/click on the Select Days field to change the days of the week on which the routine occurs. The default for new routines is for the current day of the week to be selected.
Routine End PointThe routine's Endpoint is stuck at the bottom of the routine list and cannot be re-sorted. Think of the Endpoint as routine's exit; it's not a timed activity, but the goal towards which all activities could be leading. In the sample routine that's created for new users, it's set as "Leave for School Bus", but on new routines, it defaults to a more generic "Finish".
You can choose between selecting an endpoint from the library (try this first: each activity comes with a visual icon for your convenience), or creating a custom end point.
If you opt to choose an end point from the library, simply tap/click on your choice.
A custom end point needs a name and an image.
Adding ActivitiesRoutines consist of activities that need to be completed. Adding activities is as simple as tapping/clicking on the Add an Activity + button.
You'll then get to select whether to choose an activity from the Brili library or to create a custom one. The Library activities include an icon and a default duration for quick setup, but are ultimately still completely editable: you can change the icon to any image you choose, you can rename it, whatever.
If you opt to Choose from Library, you'll find activities sorted by categories. Note that an activity may be found under more than one category; the categories are there to help you quickly find things. Tap/click the category where you think you'll find the activity you want.
Then, tap/click the activity you want from the category's activity list. If you don't see the activity you want, you can return to the categories list by tapping/clicking <. If after checking a couple of categories, you still don't see exactly the activity you want, don't worry - just pick the closest one and you can edit its name and image as needed.
Editing an ActivityYou can edit any activity to make it suit your child's needs exactly. The default activity type is "Task Card" (this will be renamed to "Activity" soon), unless you picked it from the library's Rewards category. You can use this screen to set or edit a routine's card type, name and other properties depending on the card type.
A note about durations:
Estimated durations are required for all activities. This is the amount of time you think your child reasonably needs to complete an activity. Activity timers in the game will count down from the durations you set here.
3. Letting Your Child Use Brili for RoutinesOnce you've got at least one routine set up for one child, your child can start using it in Kid Mode. Here's how.
Using Kid Mode: Child Has Own DeviceIf your child has his or her own device apart from the one you used to set up your account:
Download and launch the Brili app on it, or navigate to https://my.brili.com with a browser on that device.
Sign In as yourself on that device.
If you have added one or more kids to your account, Brili will then ask you who is using the device.
- If you pick yourself, the app will enter into Parent Mode.
- If you pick a child, the app will automatically enter Kid Mode and present the routine for that child that is most appropriate for the current time of day.
After selecting a user, the app will automatically log in as that user the next time it's launched. Kids don't need to remember any passwords, and will not have access to Parent Mode unless you allow it.
Using Kid Mode: Child Shares Same Device
If you performed the Brili setup on the same device as you want the child to use to guide his or her routines, you'll need to switch users. You don't need to log out first.
To switch users, select the Kids tab in Parent Mode in the main menu bar at the bottom of the screen:
And you'll see the child or children you've entered into Brili.
Then tap/click Kid Mode to switch to the routine game.
Starting a RoutineOnce you've selected a child as the Brili user, every time you launch the Brili app or https://my.brili.com, it should automatically sign in as that child, no password required. Brili will automatically select the best routine for the current day and time.
A few things to note:
- Routines scheduled from end time will only appear if the current time of day is before the end time scheduled for the routine. For example, if it's 3PM when you launch the app, a routine scheduled to end at 10am will not appear for that day unless you change the routine's end time in Parent Mode.
- When two routines are scheduled close together, or if a routine scheduled from a start time earlier in the day was not completed, the system will ask which routine to run.
- If there are no routines scheduled for the current day, Brili will say so and no routine will run unless you schedule a routine for the current day and time in Parent Mode.
Once you've reached this point, your child is in control! You might want to set up the tablet in a location that's easy to reference where your child will be performing his/her activities. We want Brili to be present and visible at a glance, but out of the way.
When ready, your child can tap/click the Let's get started! button and begin the routine.
The current activity will advance to the center of the screen and its timer will begin counting down. Your child should now proceed to complete the activity on the card!
Completing an ActivityWhen finished the activity, your child can swipe the card towards the left side of the screen, as shown by the arrow.
The card will "fly" to the left and points earned for that routine will appear on the stack of finished cards. Your child's total available points for redemption will appear next to his/her name in the top left of the screen.
Timeline behaviorWhen there is 33% time remaining on a card, a gentle chime will sound to remind your child that time is counting down and the timers will turn amber.
When time has run out for a card, a more urgent chime will sound and the timers will turn red. The length of the current activity's bar will begin to lengthen.
Routines Scheduled from End TimeIf this routine was scheduled from an end time, the extra time for the current red activity will first be deducted from dynamic free time at the end of the routine. If there is no time left for it, Brili will start subtracting time proportionally out of all remaining activities. It's OK! If the routine started early enough, your child can still recover. As subsequent activities are completed faster than the estimated or recalculated times, the time gained will go back first into remaining activities (up to the time you estimated) and then be added back into dynamic free time. Now is a great time to provide your child with help and encouragement!
Routines Scheduled from Start TimeFor routines without a specific end time, the timeline simply shows the relative length of all activities between the time the routine started and the estimated time the routine will end (i.e. current time plus the sum of estimated times of all remaining activities).
Reward TimeWhen your child has completed all activity cards in a routine that has reward time at the end (and there's time left) they'll see the reward screen:
They can tap/click the Back to Routine button, or the screen will automatically dismiss itself after a few seconds. Then, the reward card or dynamic free time and its countdown timer will become visible.
When the reward time ends, or when the child swipes the reward card, the Finish card (the End Point you set up in the routine) will automatically advance, the curtain will fall and the routine is considered complete.
Resetting the RoutineIn situations where your child might need to start the routine over, you can tap the reset button (first button from the left in upper right corner). NOTE: resetting the routine clears the activities completed so far in today's routine from the system's history, so you generally won't want to reset the routine if the routine has actually been completed for the day, or you'll lose the historical data we'll be using to provide reports.
Switching UsersTo switch users on the device or to enter Parent Mode, you can click on the lock icon.
- You will be prompted to enter your 4-digit code (default is 0000) and will be taken directly to the "Who's using Brili?" screen, where you can select a different child, or yourself.
- If you created your account before the feature was available, you may be prompted to confirm that you want to sign out. You can then sign back in, this time selecting the user you want to have use Brili. You can set your 4-digit code in the Parent Mode settings screen.