A Gentle Homeschool Schedule For Preschoolers
If you’re looking for a gentle approach to home schooling during the coronavirus then I hope this Homeschool Schedule For Preschoolers will help.
This timetable reflects the child-led methods we use everyday to homeschool our boys. It offers structure but also allows for creativity and a natural-flow to learning.
I was a preschool teacher, education advisor and now take a relaxed approach to homeschooling our two boys.
Relaxed home schooling works really well for parents who follow a respectful and gentle parenting approach.
Here’s the thing though…sharing my homeschool schedule for preschoolers is a little difficult for me.
We’re currently experiencing really challenging circumstances and it’s not usual for our home schooling schedule to include no home ed groups, meet ups with friends, clubs or educational visits.
I also believe strongly that every family has a different rhythm that homeschooling allows you to discover.
Our families are all different and I would hate to add additional pressure or unrealistic expectations to your life.
That said, a quick Google search highlights the need for more examples of gentle, play-focused preschool schedules.
As an ex-teacher I am confident that it provides numerous rich learning experiences.
It’s important to remember that learning is actually fun…preschoolers don’t need to be forced to sit at a desk to ‘work’.
The point of this preschool schedule is more about breaking the day into recognizable segments and to help little ones transition into new activities. It certainly helps our boys feel a sense of understanding and control.
One quick example and I promise I’ll get to the schedule!
Play Focused Homeschool Preschool Schedule
The preschool schedule is setup in a way that allows activities to flow and find a natural transition.
This really helps preschoolers who struggle with activities changing too abruptly.
It works because at the ‘end’ of each activity we do something that our kids will enjoy…i.e. food or play.
We spend the morning having breakfast, getting ready, watching TV and playing.
At 9am I put YouTube on the TV and we do a Cosmic Kids Yoga session which takes is to 9.30am.
Once they are up and moving it’s usually pretty easy to get them interested in reading what our Challenge Card says…at the moment we’re working through these nature focused Spring Activity Challenge Cards.
Just print off the Challenge Cards and choose one for each day. They’re linked to other resources that you can print off and are adaptable for any age.
Break for a snack.
It’s time to for some free play!
Some kids love to ‘just play’ while others seem to struggle to get started.
If my boys are struggling to get-along or if I feel like they need some encouragement then I’ll put together a quick set-up for them to discover.
A car wash station, a vets office, a doctor’s surgery, a garage, a fossil hunt, toys frozen in ice…there are loads more ideas in this post…Easy activities for toddlers and preschoolers…
Usually it gets them interested and is enough to inspire an elaborate game of make-believe!
Other times, we’ll all lie on the beanbag and have a cry! 🤣
Seriously though I have some great games you can play with kids while lying down!
That takes us up to lunch when we’ll have a picnic lunch outside, on the living room floor with teddies or in front of the TV…depending on energy levels etc.
It’s finally time to chill on the sofa with a book or a tablet and play one of our favourite learning apps for kids.
I find that transitioning them away from screens is much easier if I don’t tell them to get off. I usually wait for a natural break in what they are doing and say “what shall we play?” or if they’re in a playful mood I’ll say “Count to 20 and come find me!”
8 times out of 10 it works and if it doesn’t it doesn’t and we skip straight to…
We’ve started a lovely idea I saw on Pinterest recently. I’ll make a proper pot of tea and some milkshake and we’ll sit together, chat and eat some biscuits.
Now we’ve refueled we do some of our family project.
Projects are great because they are entirely child-led and about a topic of their choice.
They’re also perfect for homeschooling families with more than one child as everyone can work on something different depending on their ability.
For example, we recently did a project on dinosaurs so we:
- Mind-mapped various ideas and questions we had about dinosaurs.
- Found out how big some dinosaur feet were and made life-size outlines.
- Baked dino footprint cookies.
- Made a volcano picture.
- Made a paper maché volcano.
- Sorted dinosaurs into carnivores and herbivores.
- Recorded some facts about our favourites.
I tend to go with the flow and dip into Twinkl or another free home schooling resource if I need a printable.
After we’ve tidied away our project the boys usually run off to play again, turn on the TV or play a fun Facetime game with friends.
A quick note about play…
I think it’s worth noting that I don’t expect my boys to get into their playing groove every single time.
When they do it is absolutely awesome to watch but it doesn’t always happen.
Sometimes ‘free play’ means:
- Pulling out the Lego
- Setting up a Playmobil scene with them.
- Giving them the box of spare parts (containers etc that were headed to the recycling).
- Setting up a quick role play or challenge.
Follow my new Easy Toddler and Preschool Activity Facebook Page for loads of ideas.
I hope this homeschool schedule for preschoolers has helped you but truly the best way to find the perfect preschool schedule is to try out different ideas until you find a good mix.
My top tip for most parents would be to lower your expectations and don’t get too Pinterest happy! It’s amazing for ideas but I often need to remind myself that the whole point of an activity is my child’s experience…not having something beautiful to show for it!
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