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
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