Our summertime schedule is fairly unstructured. We wake when the sun rises (sometimes sleeping in just a bit) and go to bed when the sun goes down. My boys fill most of their days in between with playtime. I’m lucky – they play so well together. Of course they have occasional disputes, but for the most part they really love to engage in imaginative play.
We try to begin the day with a nourishing meal. My husband usually makes a hearty breakfast (which I love). When my husband is away on business, I value cooking and baking healthy foods for us also. We are particularly fond of paleo muffins lately. The boys love gathering the ingredients, stirring the batter, and adding in mix-ins at the end, such as blueberries and dark chocolate chips. We typically include a protein with each meal, such as hard-boiled farm fresh eggs, breakfast sausage, or nut butter on gluten-free toast.
THE REST OF OUR DAY
I like to read a children’s Bible story with them during or shortly after breakfast. Afterwards, the boys play for as long as possible. After eating, we usually go outside to play in the sandbox, or do some water play outdoors. The boys will spend their time in imaginative play for most of the morning. After lunch, I typically do more read-aloud time to them. They love to pick out their favorite books for me to read. We may pull out play dough or a fun art activity at this point. If we need to go into town to do errands, such as grocery shopping, this is the time I love to do it.
When we get home, the boys usually assist me in dinner preparation. Their Daddy is normally present for dinner, which I’m so thankful for. If he is home, he is most often the one that cooks, which I’m also grateful for! He will even humor me by cooking a healthy recipe I planned out. After dinner, we typically do outdoor play time, and sometimes go on a short walk. We also try to play a simple card game together.
Finally, my boys take a bath and we get into bed for books. I usually read three books we work together on choosing, and then sing a song. It is one of my favorite parts of the day-the last sweet moments of connection with them before a peaceful rest.
HOMESCHOOL PRESCHOOL SCHEDULE: We gently eased into the Peaceful Preschool curriculum and have completed the letter units A-D. Check out our top preschool supplies here. We will begin again soon and this is the general schedule we are going to strive for! I have pulled different schedule ideas from Charlotte Mason’s Home Education Volumes, Simply Learning Kids, and the Peaceful Preschool curriculum to come up with our homeschool preschool schedule below.
7:30-9:00am: Wake Up, Habits, (Make beds, Get Dressed, Brush Teeth) and Independent Play
9:00-9:30am: Breakfast, and Habits (Put Away Dishes)
9:30-10:30am: Morning Time (Calendar, Bible, Poem)
10:30-11:00am: Snack, Read-Aloud, Phonics and Counting
11:00am-12:00pm: Outside Play, Nature Study, and Large Motor
1:00-3:00pm: Quiet Time (Art, Projects, Fine Motor, Finish Up Anything)
3:00-3:30pm: Snack, Read-Aloud, and Alphabet Memory Verse
3:30-6:00pm: Independent Play, (Sort by Color, Shape Drawing, Object Counting, Letter Book, Alphabet and Object Matching) Outside Time, and Maybe Screen Time or Errands
7:00pm: Habits, (Clean Up Toys) and Family Game
8:00pm: Bath, Read-Aloud, Song, and Bed
What does your homeschool preschool schedule look like? How is it different than your summertime schedule?
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