OCT
01
2013

Daily Homeschool Schedule: Preschool

I’m going to do a short series of posts titled ‘Daily Homeschool Schedule’ for you all. I’ve had countless questions about our homeschool schedule. And you can see a basic overview of our daily schedule here.

But more specifically you’ve been asking questions about how long we do each subject, how many days per week, and what our day looks like hour by hour for each grade level.

So for the next few weeks I’m going to share our schedule in a more detail by each grade level.

PreschoolSchedule

Download a copy:

 

Today we’ll be taking a closer look into the life of the Teeny Tot. She’s currently 4 years old and doing preschool this year. Since she won’t be doing kindergarten until next year, we’ll be doing another round of Letter of the Week and add in a few of the K4 activities as she’s ready.

 

Here’s our Basic Preschool Schedule:

  • 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time
  • 9:00am   – Calendar Time & Daily Learning Notebook
  • 10:00am – Phonics
  • 10:10am – Fine Motor Skills
  • 10:30am – Color / Shapes Recognition
  • 10:45am – Math Activities
  • 11:00am – Logical Thinking
  • 11:15am – Large Motor Skills
  • 11:30am – Art
  • 11:45am – Reading
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch/Outside
  • 1:00pm  – Free

Her schedule is pretty simple, and it can vary from day to day. While I just shared our basic frame with you, keep in mind we do not rigidly follow this schedule, and our days vary quite a bit.

The other thing I’d like to mention is that if the Teeny Tot were my oldest I would probably not be doing school with her every single day. I would more likely do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule with her.

But since we have older kiddos doing school, the Teeny Tot likes to be included daily. She even usually stays in the school room by choice after she’s done with her own activities.

Since she’s doing my Letter of the Week curriculum again, she is focusing on one letter each week. I sort out the activities so that she’s doing a bit of each skill every day.

 

LOTW_sampleplans

In the Letter of the Week lesson plans (shown above), these activities are planned out for you, so you don’t have to do a schedule like the one at the top of this post unless you prefer to modify the curriculum.

Click here to see a SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

On most days the Teeny Tot does school from about 9am – noon. Like I said, it can vary. Often times she is done before that, it just depends on how long her activities take her that day.

And that’s about it!

I’d love to hear some comments what you do for preschool each day!

Leave a comment below!

LOTWBinder

The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It is a 26 week curriculum that’s full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more!

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Comments

  1. Hi, I’m considering homeschooling my children, and I was wondering if you taught your daughter when she was 3 years of age. My daughter is 4, and my son is turning 3 next month. I was unsure if I should have him learn right along with his sister, and just reintroduce him to the same curriculum again next year. I feel he is capable of handling the material, and I do not want to exclude him. What did you do for your daughter, do you have a PrePreK curriculum? Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Monica,
      Yes, I started my LOTW with Teeny Tot at age 3. Mainly to give her something to keep her occupied and let her feel like she is included in our homeschooling. I normally go through my LOTW twice at age 3, and again at age 4 adding in some of my K4 activities as they’re ready.

  2. Thank you times one million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been looking for something exactly like this so I can get an idea of what others are doing. THANK YOU!!! It is so helpful! I”m very schedule oriented. :-)

  3. This is awesome! :) Our day ranges from 9am-1pm too and my little guy is in Kindergarten (age 5). We do subjects and transition activities. HE LOVES IT! :) and so do I. Heres our basic schedule:

    9:00- Circle Time (Bahamas Pledge, Prayer, Days of Week, Month of year, calendar time, Your Daily Notebook (HE LOVES IT) and Memory Verse)
    9:30- Bible (we do devotionals, story, song time, and a paper from Abeka)
    - Phonics
    Math
    Handwriting

    BREAK TIME

    11:30- Mrs Spiders Sunny patch Kids

    12:00- LUNCH

    12:30- Science

    1:00PM REST

    AFTER 3:00- ART, MUSIC, HISTORY (road trip USA) (on various days)

    :D

  4. oooo I love the updated lesson plans! (the color coding) :o)

  5. I have a 4 year old too, and while I LOVE the K4 curriculum I too find that he is not quite ready for all of the activities yet. He loves doing some, but he struggles with othersl. Are you going to continue with K4 next year as your little one is ready, or are you going to do something completely different?

    • I’m going to continue with K4 for her next year. She’s just not quite ready for it this year, plus it would put her a grade ahead, and I don’t like to do that.

  6. Just a quick questions. If you are doing school with your Teeny Tot all morning, when do you work with your older kids? This is what I’m struggling with. I have 4 kids very close in age/grade to yours. I have a 5th grader, 2nd grader, 4 year preschool, and 3 year preschool. Right now, my older 2 do language arts and math in the morning (separately, with me teaching them the lesson, and then them doing their own “homework”), and then we are doing MFW together in the afternoon (while the little two nap or rest). I am finding it terribly difficult to find the time to do much more than 1-2 activities with the little two in the mornings.

  7. I love the daily schedule. Would love to see how you do your other children, too. I have twins that are in 4th and a 1st grader. I am struggling balancing everyone at one time. I feel like a pinball machine.

  8. I love seeing how you do preschool! :)

    Right now I have three children of school age (ages 8, 7 and 5 1/2), and then littles aged 4, 2 1/2, and 16 months. I haven’t had any focused preschool at all until the end of summer this year. I have been finding it so hard to give any focus to the littler ones if I am going to get just the basics done with my older three, but I didn’t like missing them out altogether. So now this is how we do it (and I’m much happier!):

    Breakfast, followed by chores. Then it’s usually 9.30am or thereabouts, and we all cram onto the sofa and I read a chapter of Leading Little Ones to God. After that my eldest takes a turn on the laptop, my 7-year-old gets out the tape measure and some reference books on animals (something they like doing), and my 5-year-old gets out the magnetic mosaics kit. I head to the kitchen table with my 3 littlest. The 1-year-old goes in the booster seat with a snack and then some chunky crayons and paper. Meanwhile I do your LOTW curriculum with my 4 and 2 year olds. I have chosen to do a different letter each day, and only to select a couple of activities for that letter before going onto the next one – just to get us started on actually DOING something for preschool! I didn’t want to aim too high. It is working so well! I will do the full curriculum with them later in the year. They start with the colouring page, and then do two of the activities (a matching activity usually, and a fine motor skill activity), and then we do a craft – either your cut-and-paste choice, or one that I’ve found on Pinterest that involves paint or glitter or collage, but which ties into the theme of that letter from LOTW. Then we go to the sofa again and read 3 stories of their choice, and I put the 1-year-old to bed for his late morning nap (he doesn’t nap in the afternoon).

    That’s all the pre-school we do, and I think it’s probably about 45 minutes or so in total. They love it, and it still allows me time to do the one-on-one work for maths, reading, and spelling while my littlest is napping late in the morning. We NEVER manage to finish it all before lunch, but the main part is done, and that makes it easier to finish the leftover lessons in the afternoon while the others play. Usually they are going a bit nuts by the last lesson (spelling for my 8-year-old mid-afternoon – we use AAS), so I put a Bible animation on for the 20 minutes it takes us to do spelling.

    I’m SO HAPPY having a pre-school slot at last, even though it’s short and doesn’t give us time to cover the curriculum in the way you have it laid out. At least we’re doing something! :) And I think they do better for having that focus first. They are so proud of their work to show Daddy when he gets home!

    I will tweak our schedule and re-do the LOTW curriculum with them in the New Year because I’m due to have a baby in a few weeks and we’ll stop school for a while after that.

    • I forgot to say, my 2 1/2 year old isn’t ready for LOTW, but he tags along so that he’s getting some focus with his 4-year-old brother. He scribbles happily on the colouring pages, is learning to colour-match with your activities, and loves anything to do with “groooo” (glue) – I pre-cut his cut and paste activities and he really enjoys it. So he is happy doing LOTW, but I just let him go with the flow and don’t expect anything in particular from him – it’s just for his enjoyment really. Sorry that was such a long comment above! :/

  9. Do you have the lesson plans in a file? I purchased the LOTW curriculum two years ago and don’t recall this being in there. Looks great!

  10. Hi Erica! I love the new weekly LOTW lesson plan pages! I purchased LOTW this last spring and was wondering if I could get the lesson plan file update? Let me know if I need to email you this question. Thanks for the mini series about your daily scheduling. Ours is pretty flex, but we try to be done before lunch time. I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old – both boys. We love your journals and we love your LOTW! Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Erica,
    I, too, love the updated color-coded LOTW lesson plans! And I second Missy’s question: Is there any chance we could receive an updated, color-coded download?

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi everyone, I’ve replied to those who commented or emailed with updated download links for the updated lesson plans. Erica

      • Thank you so very much Erica.

        I am such a visual person!
        These color-coded lesson plans seem to make LOTW all brand new again. You’re the best! ;-) Thanks again.

      • Hi Erica, could I please also have a copy of the updated plans. I now have another who will be using this soon. Thanks

    • Is this updated version everyone is asking about new? I purchased the LotW curriculum last spring and it had the color-coded lesson plans. Is this year’s version of your curriculum different than what you did last year with Teeny tot or are you just doing the same thing over again? If there is anything new in the curriculum (as of this post) I’d like an update as well. Thank you so much!

  12. Thank you for your sample schedule. What is the “Movement CD”?

  13. Wow! I’m a veteran homeschool mom and this schedule makes me sweat just looking at it. Could you just take the stack of things you want to do each day and just work through them one at a time? Some will take longer than others but at least you wouldn’t be tied to watching the clock all the time.

    • Hi Heidi,
      Yes, that’s basically what I do. Some things take longer, some less. I don’t hold her to a tight schedule, but I at least know if we’re getting behind or not. She’s usually done before noon.

  14. Hi Erica!

    I have been studying your site for about a week now, so many great tips! Thank you so much for sharing :) I am about to take on the challenge of being a stay at home mom and plan to teach my 4 year old daughter preschool as well. I am going to purchase your Letter of the Week curriculum as I think its absolutely genius and the best route for us. I’ve seen in many homeschooling schedules, they are usually done around lunch. I’m having trouble figuring out a schedule because I also have a one year old son who usually takes two naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and I am also planning other social activities for my daughter such as gymnastics, library, etc. Is it recommended to only do preschool in the morning? I feel with so much emphasis on my daughter’s schooling all morning, my son would be lacking attention from me. If I try to squeeze teaching in while he naps, I feel my daughter may not stay interested by breaking it up. Do you have any suggestions for me? Really, anything will help :)

    Thanks again!

    • I also have to sneak in basic chores; laundry, menu/grocery list planning, money/bills management, house cleaning and grocery shopping all while sleeping a little each night.. Am I in over my head here?!?

      • I just read your posts under Mom Tips.. Thank you!! I feel relieved and a little less confused. You are a blessing. Thanks again for sharing everything you have learned.

  15. So I bought Letter of the Week for my son and I love it! I was kind of disappointed though when I discovered it doesn’t come with the cover sheet to put on my giant binder. Is there any way to get that?

  16. Thank you so much for posting your schedule. I really should get more organized with our dairy activities. This was a great example.

  17. Thank you so much for posting this!! Turns out, my daughter won’t be going into preK until she’s almost 5!!! Her birthday is 15 days after the “must turn 4 by” date. :( I’m sad because she’ll be one of the older kids in her classes… but glad because I can work with her before she goes!! She’ll be the smartie of her class!

  18. I am teaching my soon to be 2nd grader but my 4 year old grandson needs structure. My problem is that I don’t know how to teach such differing ages. Is this LOTW program yours and if yes, are all of the activities you have on your schedule there in the program. I am very concerned that I will take away from the older granddaughter to teach the younger grandson. I have homeschooled for years but never with this huge age gape. Helpl

  19. I am a new stay at home mom and looking into the befits of homeschooling this is the first year my kids will be able to do public school and with all the resent saddles i am condensing homeschooling. my kids are 4 and 6. my 6 year did preschool last year online. we had great success with that accept we had a hard time finding other kids his age to play with. we live in phoenix Arizona any ideas or support groups would be great.

  20. My munchkin is 4 1/2 and I was going to put her in a brick and mortar pre-k (I work from home for a virtual school) but am second guessing as I am having a baby Saturday 8/2 and haven’t had the chance to look into preschools as much as I have wanted. With our education in the news so much (I am in Arizona) I am super picky about what I expect for my kid so I want to fine tooth comb through it all. I am pondering preschooling at home with her for about 6 months virtually and I would really like info on this three day schedule!!!

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