You love spending your day teaching and playing with your preschooler. From playing with blocks on the floor, to reading and singing the alphabet, you love watching the wonder in your child’s eyes and you don’t want to miss out on a moment.
You thought homeschooling meant you could enjoy those moments, but instead you’ve found yourself completely overwhelmed and in over your head.
Don’t worry! You’re not in over your head, you just need to create a homeschool preschool schedule so you can get organized and get back to focusing on those moments you love. We’re going to show you exactly what your preschooler’s day should look like, so you can both get the best out of your time learning together.
A preschool homeschool schedule may seem a little more untraditional than what a schedule might look like for an older child, because preschooler’s learn through play and life experiences. It’s important to identify how your child learns best, and apply that in the way you teach.
These are some common learning styles…do you recognize any of these traits in your preschooler?
- Visual learner – learns through observation. Prefers pictures, drawings, and diagrams.
- Auditory learner- learns through sound. Drawn to music and instruments.
- Verbal learner- learns through speech. Tends to enjoy reading and writing.
- Kinesthetic learner- learns through touch. Enjoys hands-on activities such as sports.
- Logical learner- learns through numbers. Has a knack for math.
- Social learner- learns in groups. Is a social butterfly.
- Solitary learner- learns independently. Typically avoids crowds.
Now that you have identified how your preschooler learns, you can be sure to apply that learning style to your teaching. Just don’t forget, preschoolers start learning from the moment they wake up in the morning until the moment they fall asleep at night, so plan for a full day of learning and fun. Check out Pre-K Pages for a free printable teaching planner.
7:30a.m. – Wake Up
Your preschooler should have had their recommended 10-13 hours of sleep, and they’re ready to start learning! Use this time to talk about the time, what the weather is like, and what a great day it will be!
7:45a.m. – Get Dressed
Preschooler’s should start learning to dress themselves to develop their fine motor skills, and confidence.
8:00a.m. – Eat Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast is important in making sure your preschooler’s mind and body are performing their best.
8:30a.m. – Brush Teeth
This is a great time to work on hygiene skills, and use numbers! Since your preschooler should brush their teeth for two minutes, you can make timing them fun. Try brushing to this 2 minute teeth brushing song from YouTube, or set a timer and make up your own song!
8:35a.m. – Review Calendar/Schedule
Go over the days of the week, months, and seasons with your preschooler. Talk to them about what’s on the schedule for the day, and any changes you’ve made recently.
An easy way to keep your preschooler in the loop about the schedule is to have a visual schedule for them. Check out our article CREATE A VISUAL DAILY SCHEDULE FOR YOUR PRESCHOOLER to learn all about how your preschooler can benefit from a visual schedule.
9:00a.m. – Read a Book
Read several books if possible. Reading is one of the most important ways you can teach your child language skills. You should read to your preschooler as often as possible.
9:30a.m. – Get Moving
Time to get oxygen flowing to the brain! Do some yoga, dance around the house, see how long your preschooler can hula hoop… anything to get them up and moving.
10:00a.m. – Snack Time
They worked up an appetite…have a healthy snack to keep your preschooler’s energy up.
10:20a.m. – Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts are so important to your preschooler’s development. Work with them on using playdough, painting, coloring, and cutting. Happiness is Homemade has over 50 awesome craft idea you should do with your preschooler.
12:00p.m. – Lunch
Time to re-fuel the brain again!
12:30p.m. – Read a Book
This won’t be the last time you see us say this. Keep reading as much as you can.
1:00p.m. – Chores
Learning to do some simple chores is extremely important in your preschooler’s social and emotional development. They learn about responsibility, respect, and self reliance. Learning to do chores at an early age can also help build a strong work ethic in the future.
1:30p.m. – Go Outside
Fresh air is good for everyone! Your preschooler needs to get outside and build their gross motor skills by playing sports, and climbing jungle gyms.
3:30p.m. – Snack Time
More brain fuel!
3:50p.m. – Work on Curriculum
Work on whatever curriculum you have decided to use for your preschooler. You may have picked a done for you curriculum, or you may be building ideas from Pinterest… however you plan to teach your child just make sure you keep building on their learning throughout the day.
If your letter of the day is P, and your theme is rainbows… Make pizza for lunch and rainbows during arts and crafts time.
4:30p.m. – Free Play
This time should be used for dramatic play time. This is a time where your preschooler can play in an imaginative way. Play to Learn Preschool has amazing ideas for how to set up a dramatic play areas your preschooler will love!
5:30p.m. – Dinner
Not only an important part of proper nutrition, but also a perfect time for family bonding. Sit down together, distraction free, and talk about your day. Ask your preschooler questions about what they enjoyed, learned, and felt that day.. and encourage them to ask you questions as well.
6:00p.m. – Educational Games/Songs
To extend your preschooler’s learning with a little bit of fun check out these resources for educational games, songs, and more!
- ABCYA for awesome games and coloring pages.
- Super Simple for songs, shows, recipes and more!
- Sesame Street for games and videos your preschooler will love.
6:20p.m. – Snuggle
Don’t forget to take some time to just sit back and enjoy your time with your preschooler. Put on a movie, share a not so healthy snack, and hold on tight because they don’t stay little forever.
7:00p.m. – Bath
Bath time is a great way to wind down from a busy day. It’s important to teach your preschooler about personal hygiene early so they value it later in life. This is another great time you can incorporate music! Check out Baby Bath Moments for some fun bath time songs that are packed full of education.
7:25p.m. – Brush Teeth
Pull out that timer and get singing! It’s important to make sure your preschooler brushes twice a day.
7:30p.m. – Bedtime
Read one last bedtime story, sing one last song…whatever helps get your preschooler rubbing their eyes and yawning. Then it’s lights out, because your preschooler needs 10-13 hours of sleep each night in order to follow your new homeschool preschool schedule.