A flexible and reliable homeschool schedule for preschoolers
I am a firm believer that a predictable schedule will help any family. Most kids thrive on structure and routine. What I love about homeschooling is we can set up a schedule that suits our family best. A daily schedule is a must if you have young children.
Over the years, we have tried many forms of a schedule. My kids refused a schedule as babies so I don’t have much advice in that area 😉 My kids thrive best under a flexible but reliable schedule. We have a basic outline of our day. Our day starts and ends at the same time and moves in blocks throughout the day. It is structured but not too strict.
I love this block type scheduling because people can easily apply it to their lives. All you need to do is take note of the flow of your day and create blocks of time for each task you need to get done.
Here is an example of what our day looks like with a five year old and a three year old.
Homeschool Schedule for Preschoolers
Block 1. 7 -9 am – Girls wake up, family breakfast, free play, send Papa off to work
Block 2. 9-12 pm – TV and snack time/Mama’s chore time and learning time. The girls aren’t watching tv the whole time as I fit in learning time at some point during this block.
Block 3. 12-2 pm – Lunch and free play. Free play consists of playing in the back yard, playing with their kitchen, My Little Ponies, dollhouse. Basically independent play with each other and their toys. Depending on the day determines my involvement. I may have other household chores or blogging to do so they need to play without me. Some days I will play with them outside, get out the paint or other sensory activities. Each day is different!
Block 4. 2-4 pm – Quiet (movie) time. I have tried to just have them have free play for the afternoon but it doesn’t work. They need a reset since they no longer nap. Without quiet time, they are at each others throats by early afternoon. Some Mondays they will nap if we have had a busy weekend, but for the most part it is quiet time.
Block 5. 4-6 pm – Free play, read alouds, supper, walk the dogs.
Block 6. 6-8 pm – Bath or shower, iPad time, bedtime routine.
First of all, let me state this is our IDEAL schedule. If we have errands or appointments, we adjust accordingly. Some days I may not be feeling it, and the girls play for most of the day or watch a lot of tv. Or it may be a perfect day and we spend the day at the park. Or my mom emails me and wants to go to Madison for the day. The flexibility is one of the things I love most about homeschooling.
Our homeschool is play-based so our kids spend ALOT of time playing. Click here for information on our Letter of the Week work! The daily schedule allows them plenty of time for interrupted play. The reliability of the routine helps with insecurity because they always know what is coming next.
What does your daily schedule look like? What do you always include in your routine?
Thanks for reading!