Are you thinking about homeschooling this year? Does the thought of homeschooling completely overwhelm you? You are not alone! One of the most asked questions is about creating a homeschool schedule. I’ve done home preschool with my three boys, so I hope my tips on setting up a home preschool schedule will give you some ideas!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “kids thrive on routine?” Well, it’s true! Kids don’t have a lot of control in their lives, but routines can give them a sense of organization, stability, and comfort. Just like having a routine for bedtime or mealtime, having a routine for teaching preschool will help you in the long run.
Why Routines are Helpful
• Do a dance or movement activity
How can you make sure you stick to your routine?
Here are some suggestions that I’ve found worked well for me:
Components of Preschool
- Circle time (calendar, weather, counting the school days, read aloud books)
- Outdoor time – SUPER important for kids to go outside and get fresh air!
- Free play time – this may seem obvious, but kids need lots of time to play and explore. You should have a lot of this added into your day
- Literacy – reading stories, alphabet activities, prewriting activities, oral vocabulary activities, and anything else related to literacy
- •Math – math activities, such as counting, sorting, patterns, and number recognition
- STEM – I love implementing simple STEM activities, such as a science experiment
- Snack time – you never want to forget snack time!
- Rest time – depending on your child, you may need to add a nap or rest time to your day
- Sensory play – I like to create invitations to play, which means I set up a sensory bin or a similar type of activity and then I invite them to explore and play with it.
- Crafts or processed art
- Dramatic play
- Sports or dancing