Last year I shared the home preschool schedule we used at the beginning of the year. While it worked well for us, we will be making some changes for the upcoming year.
This year Lovey is 4 and will be continuing preschool at home. Big Buddy is also 4, but he will be attending a half-day preschool nearby. He will join us at lunchtime. Tinker is 2.5, and Little Buddy is 1.5.
Please know that I use the schedule as a guide. There are certain activities that we make sure to include every day. But we are also flexible based on the kids’ interests each day. Some days the kids are really engaged in an art activity, so we will extend that time. Other days, they may really be enjoying story time, so we will spend more time reading before moving on to something else. Ultimately, my goal is for the kids to love learning, so I yield to their enthusiasm as much as I can.
Last year our school day was spent downstairs in our main living area, but this year we’re moving to our own “classroom” upstairs. Lovey is excited to have a desk of her own “big girl” school activities, and I’m excited about having a dedicated space for all of our materials.
This year our typical school day begins at 9 am. Before then the girls and I will eat breakfast, get dressed, kiss Daddy goodbye, and finish our morning chores.
- 9:00 AM Invitations to Play
- 9:30 AM Calendar & Literacy Skills
- 10:00 AM Theme Activities
- 10:30 AM Story Time/Light Snack
- 11:00 AM Outdoors & Pick Up Big Buddy
- 12:30 PM Lunch and Stories
- 1:00 PM Nap/Quiet Time (With Additional Invitations to Play)
- 3:00 PM Snack
- 3:30 PM Outside
9 am: As the kids finish up with breakfast there are invitations set up. I plan different invitations to explore, invitations to play, and invitations to create. Some of the activities are related to themes we are studying. Others are based on the kids’ current interests and the skills we are focusing on. Usually the kids are eager to get involved in the activity that has been set up each day, but if not they can also do free play with other materials throughout the schoolroom.
9:30 am: We start with calendar time and songs related to our theme. All three kids participate in calendar time. The toddlers are singing and dancing along. Lovey enjoys singing along, and she also completes some writing activities in her calendar notebook each day. After calendar ends, I introduce a new play activity to the toddlers. Once they are playing, Lovey and I work on a couple of her focus skills using hands-on activities and games. Most often these are related to math and literacy skills.
10:00 am: We do theme-based activities that integrate art, math, science, and literacy. For this block of time I try to select activities that all of the kids can participate in and enjoy. Activities can be crafts, science projects, cooking activities, pretend play, anything related to our letter of the week or current theme.
10:30 am: The kids eat a light snack while we sit together for story time and do some phonemic awareness activities.
11:00 am: We head outdoors to take a walk or play in the yard. If it’s raining we dance or play indoor games. Before lunch we pick Big Buddy up from preschool.
12:30 pm: Lunch time
1:00 pm: Stories and nap time. Most of the kids still nap regularly, but that may not continue through the year. Lovey does not nap any more. She does rest for a bit and then she can choose from quiet time activities, workbox choices, or computer time. There is also a “big kid” invitation to play set up toward the end of nap time. These are additional invitations to play that are designed more for Lovey and Big Buddy to work on together.
3:00 pm: Snack time
3:30 pm: We play outdoors until the boys’ mom arrives.
This is our basic schedule most days of the week. We have a standing play date and go to library story time once a week, and in the fall our local zoo offers an awesome story time with live animals. This year we are also excited to be joining some friends twice a month for a preschool co-op, so the schedule is flexible.