Anyone who has or works with littles knows that one thing is KEY to a peaceful day – STRUCTURE. But while sticking to a familiar pattern is super important for us in our home, you might be surprised by what that structure actually looks like.
After 4.5 years of being a stay-at-home Mom, I’ve learned that a routine is much more helpful for us than a schedule. A routine gives us a guide without giving strict deadlines. We like to keep the order of our daily activities the same without having specific times for each individual item. That way, we’re never rushed or stressed if we miss something at a specific time!
I tend to plan our school time in a similar way. We have a list of activities to complete for the day. And we even have a part of the day when we try to get in school time. (For us, we usually do school with or after lunch!) But the actual order of completion for those school tasks is something we don’t stress over!
While we don’t have a specific order of completion, I DO have 6 topics I include when I plan each school day. You can learn more about them below!
We. Love. Sensory bins. If you hang around The Stay-at-Home Teacher for long, you’ll learn that very quickly! They are amazing tools for strengthening fine motor skills, but also spice up your academic practice is such a fun way! So we incorporate sensory bins with every theme we do and try to tie in every skill we’re working on!
Bible study has been an important part of our family’s lives. We try to make a point to read and discuss regularly, and adding a Bible study that’s specifically for little ones has been a goal of mine for years!
When I began writing these studies, I knew I wanted to continue our hands-on learning and add Scripture to the mix. So our studies are packed with discussion prompts, crafts, practice pages, sensory bins, and more!
Every day I plan at least one literacy activity. This can be building letters, identifying them, discussing letter sounds, and so much more! We make sure that our practice is as hands-on as possible as Preschoolers are still working hard on their fine motor skills!
We also make sure to include at least one Math activity each school day! Just like our literacy activities, we use as many hands-on activities as possible. This helps LG practice her fine motor skills and learn her Math skills at the same time!
Science and/or Social Studies
We may not get to them every single school day, but we love including Science and Social Studies activities as often as possible! They are both SO simple to include in your reading time, as well! Simply grab a bunch of nonfiction books from your public library and add them to your reading or quiet time!
If you are looking for something more hands-on to add to your Science time, be sure to check out our life cycle studies! LG has SUCH a curiosity for how plants and animals grow and change, so they are a must-have for us during our school time!
Fine Motor Skills
We typically end our practice with some extra fine motor skills practice or craft time! You’ve probably noticed that fine motors practice is included in all of our academic activities. So for this part of our learning time, I try to include a lot of free practice! This is when we bust out our favorite sensory bins for free time scooping and pouring, building with PlayDoh, or crafts! Sometimes I include prompts but other times, anything is fair game!
I hope this post gives you some ideas for your homeschool preschool routine with your little ones! While I plan school activities for 5 days each week, there are absolutely plenty of weeks when we just hit 2-3 days of school. Some days we even through the plans out the window and just dig through our school bins to see what we’re in the mood for! Ha! But no matter what, sitting down with your preschooler is a great way to spend time together and introduce them to homeschool!
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